I had a conversation with my father today about the appeal of e-books. We both agreed that it seems that some people love them, while others would never choose a Kindle or an iPad over a good, old-fashioned paperback.
I lean towards the latter. There is something special about holding a book. It seems more personal than an e-reader, which seems coldly electronic to me. As a reader, I highly prefer books.
However, as a writer, I can’t deny the advantages of e-books. A writer can release a single short story or essay, for example. And there appears to be a market for this kind of short-form, electronic publication. In addition, e-books allow writers to get exposure for their work without being subject to the whim of publishers, who can sometimes be quite fickle. There is also the convenience factor. When traveling, it’s much easier to load an e-reader with three books than it is to carry along three paperbacks.
So what is my verdict? Mixed. I prefer the experience of reading a book, but I admit that e-books offer several important advantages. What about you – which do you prefer?