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Why I Was Wrong About eBook Readers

Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2011 | No Comments

at the end of the year I’ll either be putting up a new book-shelf or I won’t
Those were the words I finished my 2009 blog post entitled “Book Ends” on my old blog Deadly Revelations - I would normally insert a link here, but due to some “its DNS errors lads”, alas its not to be, so you’ll just have to take my word for what I’m about to write.

The post was all about the rise of the digital eBook reader and how I foresaw three problems with the devices when they first appeared on the scene, these were as follows;
  • A lack of a colour screen
  • A lack of available titles
  • The feel, smell, texture, normalness of a real, live, dead tree in your hands
But it is not 2011 and my opinion has changed. The colour screen is no longer as important to me, the number of titles whilst still limited on the latest releases has expanded and the latest Amazon Kindle is a sleek looking tablet device that feels great to hold.

Which is why I’m hoping to purchase one tomorrow.

The writing was on the wall really (or rather on my blog), I’m a digital child, living in a modern world of technology and magical software; having given up on music CDs, in the process of ripping my DVD collection, the next to be targeted was the bookshelf. Not that I plan on getting rid of the bookshelf and the treasured books that sit upon it, but moving forwards I hope to consume much of my reading material not on the dead trees that form pages.

Will I live to regret this later on? Probably, more than likely – yes! But you see, I have another reason for going digital….

…and that reason is because I want to change what I read. Let me loose in a bookstore or on Amazon and I make a dash for two very close sections of the store; computing and business. They are subjects which interest me and there always seems to be some new story or book to buy on the subject of modern business, social networking and making it big in a Web 2.0 world.

There are a couple of books I want though that I don’t think I could bring myself to buy in paperback or hardback editions; not because they wouldn’t be worth it, but because they are surprisingly ‘geeky’ and I don’t want to have to publicly display and explain why I’m reading them.

The first book is a “Why does E=Mc2?” by Professor Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (presumably also a Professor), which explains Ensien’s theory of relativity and the physics of the equation. Very geeky indeed and not something I’d normally read.

The second is a book on ‘Energy Myths’, which I discovered after reading a blog post on Mr Bill Gates’ website “The Gates Notes”. Bill Gates, as we’ve discovered since he left Microsoft, has the ability to talk about any number of things outside of computers and he does so with passion and expertise – something he does by dedicating a lot of time to reading such works as “Energy Myths”.

When I looked at these two titles which I’d added to my wish list, I realised what the eBook is all about; its about the very fabric of what books are about; bringing education, knowledge and content directly to the reader.

These two books are never titles that I would normally buy, because they would take up space on my bookshelf, but at £5 (ok, the Energy one is closer to £20), they are something I can splurge my money on and store on my device without having too worry too much about what I’ll do with it once I’ve finished reading it.

I still maintain that I was right about the ebook reader in 2009, but things have move on a long way since then. Tablets aren’t going to be the devices to replace books and I’ve opted for the Kindle because I believe that Amazon have made the best device and the publishers to ‘print’ to their format.

In a years time I may be writing a very different post on ebook readers, but right now, I believe that the time for digital is now.


I do want to add one more thing, I won’t be giving up on the traditional printed book any time soon, merely the Kindle is a stepping stone to greater content. I could and probably wouldn’t ever give up my treasured bounded books

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