Last year, roughly at the same date, I decided to go digital. Then after a couple of months, in June last year I posted an update with my feelings so far (I had finished my first e-book reading on my e-reader, The Crippled God by Steven Erikson). I thought that after one year and approximately half of the books read since that date in an electronic way, it was time to share again on this subject.
Back in June, I mentioned these pros:
- Incredible portability
- Effortless sessions when holding the reader :)
- Stands easily (Nazgûl not an obligation)
- Pricing (it's even more significant since I don't buy much MMPB...)
- Book storage capacity
- Live dictionary
- Enables me to take notes
Now for the cons:
- Number of lines on a page with a comfortable font size
- DRM/non-amazon reader (I know... my choice and my fault...)
- Loss of physical sensation
I don't need to spend more time on these points since they are still quite as valid as they were after my first reading. However, they are more and more appreciable. Even though I still like the weight and feel of a "real" book in my hands or on a crowded shelf in my bedchamber, I think that the digital revolution is a must for the readers. By now, if I have the choice, I will probably always go with an e-book over a paper book.
If you take a look at the stats, it looks like a fast going trend. Back in January, the USA Today reported that 32 of its 50 top titles were selling more copies in digital format than in print. Moreover, I found out form a post on Zdnet that "The Harris Poll also found that, quite unsurprisingly, owners of tablets and e-reader devices often buy and read more books in a year than someone who doesn’t." Interesting! That Harris Interactive survey also points out that three in ten Americans own e-readers (mostly iPads, Nooks and Kindles). For even more statistics on the subject, you can head on the The Digital Reader.
So then, as we are seeing with the movie rental shop increasingly closing, will we see libraries closing up soon? I think that it will probably take more time but it will probably happen faster than we think. I mean, cookbooks don't belong to e-readers but on a tablet, even them could sell less and less in paper format. Sadly, we will probably also hear "Oh, you're reading [that]!" less often...
Have you switched to e-reading? Completely, partially? On which device? I'd like to hear you out!