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E-Readers: Love Them Or Hate Them?

I bought myself a Kobo e-reader about a year ago. A little Christmas prezzie for myself, in fact. I was planning to use it primarily for travel (like most people)…but now, a mere 12 months later, I find that I’ve been wholeheartedly converted.

This is something I never thought would happen. I love books. I love the look of books. I love the feel of books. It’s true that I like gadgets, but I really couldn’t see an electronic device replacing a book.

Oh, how wrong I was.

Maybe an e-reader just perfectly fits into my lifestyle, or maybe I’m just that private, and don’t really like *everyone* in the coffee shop knowing what I’m reading. Or maybe I love that I can keep hundreds of books in my purse at any given time. Perhaps it’s the fact I can change the font size. And make little notes and bookmarks. And know the EXACT percentage of a book I’ve read so far.

Maybe it’s all of these. Whatever the reason, I’m feeling nothin’ but LOVE for my Kobo.

And I’m not alone.

It’s an interesting thing, the adoption rate of e-readers and e-books. Here’s author/blogger Nathan Bransford’s (highly unscientific) poll about e-books, something he’s done annually for the past 6 years. The trends are fascinating.

A few months ago, Powell’s (an awesome indie bookstore store in Portland) announced a partnership with Kobo. I imagine this is just the start. Which is win-win, in my opinion–support for the independent booksellers, and e-reader options for everyone.

Of course, I’ll never give up books altogether. I love them way too much.  

But there’s little doubt e-reader uptake will have a negative effect on traditional bookstores. As a former bookstore owner myself, I don’t love this. Barnes & Noble just announced future plans for store closures, which makes me sad, to say the least. But, alas…we move forward.

So how about you? Do you buy e-books? Do you like your e-reader? What do you think of the trend, in general?

4 Responses to “E-Readers: Love Them Or Hate Them?”

  1. Katja says:

    I too bought myself a Kobo, but haven’t been able to get into reading on it regularly. I’ll pick it up, read a few pages and then put it away as I reach for the more tactile version of the story. Some books I know I’ll have to read electronically, but my preference is the paper version.

  2. Alison says:

    I’ve read books off the iPad and loved it. It’s especially great for travel.
    But I also love the feel of a real book in my hands, turning the pages.
    I can live with both!

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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