I was late to the ebook party. NuvoMedia released the first handheld Rocket eBook in 1998. Then, the Palm Reader was introduced, then Sony and Amazon and a host of other companies started producing e-readers.
I was aware of e-readers at the early stages thanks to Jane Bierce. Jane began as a Harlequin author who jumped on the ebook wagon as it was rolling out. I loved the technology, but…
…I didn’t jump on board.
In 2007, my first stories were published as ebook only titles.
I didn’t jump on board.
I also published titles in 2008.
I still didn’t jump on board.
I didn’t purchase my first e-reader until November 2010.
If I Loved the Technology, Why Did I Wait 12 Years to Purchase an E-reader?
Well, price was one of the biggest obstacles. When e-readers were first introduced, they were hideously expensive. But even after the price decreased, I was resistant.
I loved my books.
The feel, the smell, the simple turn of a page. These were the aesthetics I was unwilling to give up.
What I Discovered.
When I first purchased my Kindle, I did what many new owners do: I downloaded a bunch of free Kindle titles from Amazon. Some were good, some were horrible, and some I still haven’t read.
Of course, I also purchased books from my favorite authors.
And, what I discovered is that all those aesthetics I felt were germane to my enjoyment of books – weren’t.
I still got lost in stories.
The medium didn’t matter.
The story was the experience – not the act of reading the story.
Do I Still Purchase Physical Books?
Yes! And probably will until I can’t fit any more bookshelves into my home.
Most of the physical books I purchase now are series, and I want to have all of them in physical form. I also purchase most of my craft books in physical form.
But the question should really be: Do I read the physical books I purchase?
Sometimes. Other times, I take advantage of the matchbook offer, or I borrow the ebook from the library. Holding my Kindle is much easier than holding a 500 page hardback, or holding a paperback and not trying to break the spine.
Plus, the ebooks are much easier to take on trips.
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