A friend asked me why I hadn’t posted anything on my blog about e-readers since I’m not only a writer, but uber-geek.
My friend has an e-reader she’s very happy with. My sister-in-law loves her Kindle. With the iPad coming out, my friend just thought I might have an opinion about books and technology.
Well, the thing is, I don’t have an e-reader. I read books the old fashioned way most of the time. Audio books are second on my list, and usually reserved for errands, chores, or to listen to while traveling. And, as geeky and gadget-happy as I am, I don’t feel the need to buy an e-reader. It’s just a personal choice and no reflection of what I think of them or the publishing industry at all. Maybe it’s all those buttons or that e-ink looks terrible. Maybe it’s because I’m used to holding a physical book.
I see the value and the attraction in e-readers. For what it’s worth, I like any method of getting more people to read more books. I confess that the iPad is pretty darn cool when it comes to the way a book actually looks on screen. And, while I love the fact that the iPad isn’t just an e-reader, I think the other features and future possibilities of devices such as Apple’s new device are an entirely separate subject for me. Trust me, don’t ever get me started on the future of technology.
I guess I would read some books on such a device, but I’d prefer that such a device did multiple things. And it’d have to look more like a real book. So, why am I not standing in line for the iPad? Besides the lack of money, I see this device has great potential. Enormous, in fact. But, it’s just not there for me – yet. When a device can replace my laptop, I’ll rethink things. Yeah, one small screen, touch-type keyboard, all my Mac apps, app store apps, an SSD drive, and a book-like case to carry it in? Now we’re talking. Well, when my beloved laptop dies. See? Told you not to get me started.
Anyway, since I don’t have a real opinion on e-readers except that they’re great for those who love them, I thought I’d ask you. How do you feel about them? Do you want one? Do you already have one? Share your thoughts and experience with the rest of us.