14 January 2011

E-readers

When Amazon first introduced the Kindle, I had loads of people asking me if I was purchasing one. At the time, I declined, for a couple of reasons.

First, it was the cost. I borrow most of my books from the public library. The cost of the reader plus the cost of books would have added to my budget, instead of helping it.

Second, was it even feasible to curl up with a Kindle the way you could with the book? The few times I tested the Kindle in the store gave me a bad feeling about it.

Fast forward to early 2010. Apple introduces the iPad (midst many jokes and laughter over the name.)

It seems to me to be just a big iPod touch, which is cool. And I start toying with the idea of an e-reader again. My main objective again is the cost, except the publishing world is doing some interesting things in the electronic space, including pricing adjustments that make it seem possible.

And my local library offers software that I can use to read their books for free. Granted, the digital collection has some limits but there is still is a good selection.

However, as the hubby and I were discussing the potential of an iPad purchase (since I've been secretly lusting for one and desperately trying to justify the cost), I pull out the trump card: "Ya know, if it's good to read on, I could buy as many books as I like without you ever knowing how many books I really have."

Mission accomplished.

What are your thoughts on the e-readers?

3 comments:

taylormorris said...

I bought a Kindle last summer and I feel like I'm one of the few people who hasn't fallen in love with it. There is a difference between reading a book and reading from an electronic device. I feel like I pay less attention on the Kindle and read too quickly or something. I don't know. It's just not the same. I'm still trying to adjust to it because I simply can't keep buying books--especially since I live in a small one bedroom in NYC. Space is definitely an issue. Right now I have about a 50/50 ratio of buying books to e-books.

Stacie Penney said...

I haven't ever tried the Kindle. I like the iBooks app better than the Google books app so far. But another consideration is cost too. Some of the books are more expensive depending on which app I'm loading them to.

SquidKiller said...

I love my Kindle. It's light, I can look up words (built in dictionaries), take notes, easily follow footnotes, and have whatever book I feel like reading with me.
I have been reading more on the Kindle than I have in recent years. I read tons when I was a kid, but not so much anymore.
Another consideration for me - space! I live in a small condo. And the fact that things keep happening that almost damage my book collection. This way I'll always have my books (and my notes) even if the Kindle itself suffers some damage.