Ok so I admit to being extremely wary of the whole e-book thing. Up till now I have resisted entering the world of e-reading and e-publishing because my own personal preference has always been to read books the conventional way – on paper bound together. That way I can carry them around with me, in my car, on the beach, in the bath, without worrying. I don’t have to charge a battery to read them. There’s no screen to shatter, no micro-chip to malfunction. If a book gets stolen I can easily and inexpensively replace it. I don’t mind if my book gets bashed to bits, in fact I prefer them that way – I bend the corners over, I fold the covers back, I write in them – you can’t do that with an e-book!
Then last week I decided to have a re-think. I decided that even though, I liked the old system, I would only get left behind by being a stick in the mud. Change happens whether you like it or not and the best thing you can do is embrace it – or at least work with it.
So I ordered a Kindle – which arrived today. I have taken it out of the box and plugged it in to charge. It is sleek, it is new and smooth. I already like it a lot. But I have yet to buy an e-book – the next vital step – I’m working my way up to that.
And I’m wondering how you feel about the e-book phenomenon? Have you embraced it yet? Or are you still resisting its pull? I’d love to know what you think! 🙂
For now, I’m heading off to Borders to mooch around the book-shelves – the old-fashioned way!