Last Summer, I have read many rant and rave reviews on e-reader as more bloggers jumped on the bandwagon, took the plunge and bought the e-reader.
Bernadette of Reactions to Reading came up with a wonderful post on the good, the bad and the ugly, which affirms Sony e-reader as my preferred choice on 29th September.
Jessica of Park Benches and Bookends bought a Kindle on 21 September and she is elated!
Jacq of Book Bites said on 28 September she is on holiday but she has decided to get the RED Sony e-reader. Go for it Jacq!
Dolce Bellezza bought an e-reader but for the world of me, I can’t find her blog post raving about the e-reader now. (Bellezza has kindly provide me the link to her post on Nook soon after this blog is posted).
Biblibio compares all the e-readers in town, including the i-pad. A year after purchasing, Biblibio has read 30 books for free. but wonder seriously readers are ok with paying more for digital books than what is on the bookstores.
Matt of A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook thinks “A good story, which is meant to be savored, is best to be slowly revealed through the act of turning pages.”
I love gadgets and I was an early adopter of all new electronics gadgets, until recent years. I first blogged about the Sony e-reader in February 2009. when it first launched. Now the price is around £169, and this summer launch of Kindle in the UK is priced at a reasonable £109 (a year later than planned 2009, unfortunately due to credit crunch in 2009) has made me itching to go digital. I agree with Matt and Jessica and I can’t see myself letting go of all my physical books, but I really really would love to own a non-flicker screen e-reader.
A post by Silverfish book news made me think about the disadvantages of the device though, it says:
A Wired.com report says that a recent appeals court decision in the US suggests that “software makers can use shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses to forbid the transfer or resale of their wares.” What that implies is that just because you bought it, it does not mean you own it.
How does this apply on a book? When you buy a physical book (that is, the dead tree variety), you own it, right? You can resell it as a second-hand copy, or a collector’s item (if it is rare or a first edition), put it in a library where people can borrow it, or even sell it at ‘remaindered’ bookshop. For one thing, a certain amount of physical deterioration is taken for granted, and collectors are known to spend an enormous amount of money to acquire rare books.
But in the case of ebooks, who owns it? Can one resell it? College students who can ill afford the price of new text books thrive on the used book trade. Often it does not matter if it is not the current edition. Will they be allowed to borrow them from libraries?
I feed on used books. I felt the copyright and licensing law will result in the book industry to become a more selfish one. Right now Used books are found on UK charity stores, book swapping websites, Amazon.co.uk, generous readers are giving away and sharing books with their friends and families; and it saves voracious readers tons of money to buy books. What will happen if we all go digital? Do I have to resort to paying the “kindle” price for every single books I wanted to read on my e-reader? Can the public library loan out “e-books”?
I still feel the sexy curvature of the Sony e-reader on my hand when I see them on display or demo on stores. I am just two minds about getting one. Perhaps I will decide when the price is right in the future.
But for now, I am going to stick with this and kid myself for the time being….
Just for laugh, it is a more reliable and cheaper option for me, for now. 😀