A colleague recently commented his dislike of eBooks, in that your readership was being tracked and quantified by many sources when you download a book. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but then, libraries also track books by who they’re loaned to, and they know where you live (which my computer eBook libraries don’t know). Buying a dtBook at a bookstore doesn’t usually lead to this tracking, unless a credit card is used. Then the info is into the storage banks—if anyone cares to look.
But the disparaging comments about eBooks is all part of the cycle—part of humanity fighting change. I'm sure similar disgruntlement was given when cloth bound books replaced leather bound, or when the first Book Club books came out on their cheap paper, and especially with the production of the smaller paperbacks. "It's not the same," someone would lament. Reactions were even negative when the first public libraries opened.
But that's the whole point: it's not the same; it's change; it's more economically viable; it's progress. All of those I see as benefits.
The dilemma I had with eBooks was the purchase price. Since I don’t usually go the bookstore route but use my public library, I thought it a bit wasteful to buy an eBook (or any book). But I’ve managed to justify this (one can always find ways to justify what you want).
The amount I spend on eBooks each month is 1) less than one cinema visit; 2) less than buying three magazines; 3) less than two video rentals; 4) less than half of one dinner at a decent restaurant; 5) 2/3 the cost of a PPV sporting event...
I partake in none of the above.
So Kindle Nation...Entice me!