Monday, November 29, 2010
Is Your E-book Reader a Money Pit?
I've had two Sony Readers in the last few years, the second one being an upgrade to the one I bought almost as soon as the gadgets hit the market. Honestly, though, my reading habits are the same now as they were before I ever heard about e-books. I shoot for 100 pages a day and it doesn't matter to me whether I get those pages from an e-book reader or from a physical book. Well, if I'm being totally honest, I am more comfortable reading from a tree-book than from an e-book, but there are times during which only the Sony Reader is practical.
I don't buy any more books than I used to - and 95% of my book purchases are of the physical variety. The only significant change sparked by my Sony Reader purchase (and by my recent iPad purchase) is that I have built a pretty fair electronic library of literary classics and other old books long out of print. But those, for the most part, have been acquired free of charge, so my spending level is unchanged. I still haunt my local library and at least half-a-dozen used-book bookstores. Now, I do check the various online bookstores at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple several times a week - but that's mainly to see what else I can snag for free. That works well as long as I am not tempted to buy something else I randomly run across on one of those sites...always a struggle, I admit.
How about you, my fellow e-book reader enthusiasts? Do you read more than you did before your purchase of the reader? Do you buy more books now? Do you read in new, weird places just because you can? Are you buying books and stacking them up just because it's so easy to get them instantly? Is this convenience factor causing you to spend more money on books than you really want to?
WSJ.com has an interesting article on the impact of e-book readers, including a bunch of interesting statistics. You should take a look.