In a short blurb? We talk books.
It’s been a little crazy around here, but the good news is that Carin & I are hanging on tight to our internships. We’re loving our publishing life here at the company and definitely not ready to let it go at any point.
It’s been a crazy time for the book publishing industry as eBooks are becoming more and more popular.
If you know me at all, you know I have a firm passion for the physical book. I love the feel of a book and flipping through the pages… something that an eReader will never give me. The physical book is just so much more tangible. Also, as great as the eReader is, what if it dies? Think about it, an eReader can run out of battery then gasp, you must wait until you recharge it to finish what you’re reading. You can see my reluctance to accept that the digital form of books is rising but even with my feeble arguments, I can’t argue against the brilliance and convenience of the eReader.
A book at a touch of a button. Instant delivery to the device that you are holding. A device that is so light, that it bears no significant weight on that heavy bag you’re holding. A device that contains a bunch of books, so you never have to wait to start another one. Oh damn you technology for being so convenient and making so much sense.
So maybe it’s time to immerse myself into this digital age of eBooks. I do have an iPad and I have read eBooks on it, so maybe I’m already conforming. But either way, I have a feeling I will always prefer a physical book over its digital form. It’s funny because I love all things digital, but when it comes to reading a book, I’m as old-fashioned as they come. Bring me my book with its beautiful crisp white pages, and watch me increase its beauty by reading it over and over again and wearing it down with creases and love.
Anyway, tell me about your experience with books becoming digital. Do you prefer the physical book or the eBook? Do you have an eReader and if you do, any recommendation on which one? Kindle? Nook?
Update: I just came across this article, The Future of Printed Literature: A Digital Dilemma. I thought it was an interesting read, so take a look!