I guess I should begin by saying I totally understand why people are into eBooks. Having all your books digitally stored on one small device is fabulous for travelling, it’s nice having all your books in your pocket when you’re on the go, and it’s great for organizational purposes. Of course there are also environmental benefits to not buying so much paper. And eBooks are cheaper. So I totally get why people like eBooks.
Unfortunately I’m just not one of them.
It appears that Amazon has managed to do what many thought would take a lot longer. The company announced on its quarterly call that since the beginning of the year for every 100 paperback books sold at Amazon, there have been 115 Kindle eBooks sold.
Last year, hard cover books were also kicked out by the Kindle in that for every 100 of them sold, Amazon was shifting 143 which is an even more impressive ratio. We now hear that this figure is about 300 to 100 in favor of the Kindle ebook.
I can imagine myself being one of those really old fashioned people. Like we’re here in the digital music era, but I can see myself being the equivalent of the person who holds onto their music records. That’s me with my books!
Maybe the biggest reason I’m not into eBooks is because I’m not just a reader — I’m a collector. I love having my first edition books, having my signed books, and I love staring at an overstuffed bookshelf and physically seeing my entire collection.
I also just like the look and feel of a books. I like being able to gaze down at a physical copy of the cover. I like feeling the pages under my fingers and holding the book in my lap. I think Kindles and Nooks are supposed to be easy to hold and read from, but I actually find it a lot easier and more natural to just hold a book. Sure books are heavier, but they fit in my lap nicely. I like the weight of the book; it makes me feel like I’m reading something epic and just adds to my experience.
So am I the only one? Or are there other people out there still clinging onto their physical copies of books??