Ebooks and Their Quandary


Ebooks. I’m not really sure exactly how I feel about them.

I have also published a few short Ebooks. They have had mediocre success. It was more of an experiment than anything else. My latest book, “The Gardener’s Chairside Reader” is published in paperback form only.

There is just something about physically holding a book in my hands. It’s organic, friendly, and comforting to me. I have a beautiful library at my home and it makes me happy to see all of my books on the shelves. Each book is a different size, shape, and color. Some books are so distinct that I can recognize them from 10 feet away just by their color and shape, long before I get close enough to read the spine text. Ebooks have none of that. They sit in drawers with dead batteries mostly.

In their defense, Ebooks have made reading much more portable in that you can take an entire library with you when you travel. The books offered are usually a bit cheaper to purchase most of the time. And lastly, if you live in a transient lifestyle such as a full time RV person, I can see where Ebooks would be pretty much the only viable option to collect reading material.

Yes I have a kindle reader and I have purchased books for it. I tried to like it. I honestly did. But for now I still prefer print books. What is your opinion on Ebooks? I would very much like to hear your thoughts and experiences. Do you feel the same satisfaction sliding an “off” button as you do closing a book’s pages when you read the last sentence?

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4 thoughts on “Ebooks and Their Quandary”

  1. I think that ebooks are on a downward spiral. People have grown tired of paying for something and not being able to actually own it.

    1. I carry books with me. It’s so much easier on my eyes to read from a page. Plus a book is not likely to get stolen like a Kindle.

  2. I don’t really think Ebooks are going away, I just feel they will never replace print books for many things such as non-fiction coffee table books or how-to type books with drawings and instructions. I think they have established themselves in the fiction genre pretty solidly.

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