Thursday, January 26, 2012
Because I love books
I love books, I do, I'm a voracious reader. I'll read anything, if I'm bored I'll read instruction manuals...it's just what I do. Books are sacred, you don't write in them, you don't throw them away, you don't mistreat them, you just don't. I held out on this whole e-reader revolution for a long time, I love my books they way they are. I don't have to charge them, I can read them anywhere, I don't need wi-fi, just a trip to the library and the book world is at my fingertips. I didn't want an e-reader, in fact I told my husband, "whatever you do, don't ever buy me one of those things."
UNTIL, the Nook tablet came out. Of course first I heard about the Kindle Fire, and I was intrigued and then while doing research (because I have to know ALL the pros, cons and specs before I buy anything) I found the Nook Tablet. After MUCH deliberation, I got my oldest son one for Christmas thinking he can use it for college textbooks next fall. He loved it, and showed me all the cool stuff it can do. I wanted one. So I decided that I would save up my Christmas money and buy myself one. Shortly after the first of the year, I purchased mine.
I love it, I do, here's the thing... I don't understand why the ebooks are so expensive? If you buy a paperback book instead of a hard cover it's cheaper, so why isn't an ebook cheaper than a paperback? Seems logical to me. I don't care if I own it forever, I own a physical book forever, unless I get rid of it, so what's the difference? It's not anymore portable than a real book and it doesn't cost anything to print, there's nothing to ship, so in buying it you're really just paying royalties. Do authors get higher royalties for ebooks? I know I can still use the library it just seems like more of a hassle to use than to just drive to the library run in and grab a book, that I can renew over and over if I want. The e-library seems so complicated, and I still love the feel of a physical book, the smell of the paper, the feel of the paper, the weight of the book. I suppose I'll just be torn between the two worlds until physical books are totally obsolete.