What do you guys think about ebooks? Do you have an ebook reader? Do you use it or do you still read books? Sorry, but I just don’t get the whole ebook thing. Technology, useful technology, is meant to make life easier or better in some way but I don’t see how ebooks do that. For starters, the readers are expensive and not everyone has one (like me) so you can’t lend an ebook to someone, you can’t wrap it up to give it as a present. You can’t even put it on a shelf. A couple of my friends have published ebooks and I can’t read them because I don’t have a reader. The whole thing is just weird. What’s really so wrong with paper pages and a cover with a great picture on the front?
And ebooks are really stuffing up the whole publishing industry. Because people can so easily publish their own book as an ebook and sell it for next to nothing – or indeed, nothing at all – publishers are not putting out so many books because they’re worried they won’t sell. Because fewer books are getting published, there are fewer books for people to buy so bookshops around the world are closing. It’s just crazy.
I don’t understand it.
Go buy a book – a real book. One made with paper.
(I am heartened by the fact that my computer’s spell check is underlining ebook in red)