What do you guys think of the new batch of eReaders? Do you think it's something you might buy into? When they first started coming out, I couldn't imagine giving up actual books for something that you download. It's not real that way. You can't loan it out or lovingly dog-ear passages for later. You can't compulsively collect them and cram your bookcase to dangerous capacity with downloads. Nope, I thought there was no way I could ever be swayed into getting an eReader. No way, no how.
I figured I was too much of a collector - the binders full of clipped magazine articles and recipes are evidence enough of that. Then a few thoughts started to occur to me...
Thought one - I'm pretty sure I went through this exact same self-righteous nonsense when music downloads first started coming out. Sure, I would download a song here and there, but it would never replace buying an actual CD - no way, no how. Jump forward to today, where I can't remember the last time I bought an actual CD and loathe the ones I already have. The CD's are dirty and dusty and take up far too much room. I never know what to do with them, yet somehow we can't part with them. For now, they're sitting in the basement in grocery bags. Shows you how important they are.
Thought two - Under the Dome by Stephen King. Seriously, have you read this monster? I got it Christmas and was super excited to read it. However, the size was so incredibly daunting, I found that I kept delaying reading it. At 1088 pages and as a hardcover, it's a monster to drag around. If I wanted to bring it to work to read, I would have to carry it in its own bag. Right now, even though I'm really enjoying it, it's been pushed aside for the much more streamlined "Dead and Gone" Sookie Stackhouse paperback. Honestly, Under the Dome could make me switch to downloading books. If I could compress that tome into a slim, sexy little device and read it wherever, whenever - I have to admit, I would be a happy girl.
I would still miss having the actual book on my shelf though, I don't think anything will ever change that. I was checking out an online discussion about eReaders (where someone else mentioned that Under the Dome was making them consider getting one) and someone suggested that they include the download of a book with the actual book - similar to how you can get DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs. I really think that if they started to do that, I would be inclined to get one. It would be the best of both worlds - a lovely new spine to showoff on your bookcase, but not so much junk in the purse. (And you all know about my purse by now!)
So what do you think? I'm not sold yet, I'm still too attached, but I can actually see the day where it could happen for me. What about you?