Don't forget: My contest ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (mountain time). I'll be notifying and posting the winner tomorrow morning. Just so you know, I almost tried to end the contest early. You late people, be glad that I figured out my mistake.
Not going to lie - I haven't made up my mind on E-books. Right now, I don't really like them much. At least not right now. I want my book in hand. I want to keep it on my shelf, even if they're overflowing with other books. I want that.
It's not that I don't understand the allure. I get that people love the convenience of having a small reader and dozens if not thousands of books on hand at the touch of a button (and the entering of a credit card number). Yes, I too dream about that. I've entered contests to win them. It would be nice. E-readers are making it possible for writers to more easily self-publish. They are helping bring back out-of-print books into an electronic and available format. They are doing a lot for the publishing industry. It's helping (a very small amount) to cut down on consumption.
Yet, at the same time, I'm still skeptical. E-books have created a virtual black market of piracy that never was here before on a large scale. E-books generally cost less than their paper counterparts, and that's got the publishing world in a knot over how to make money. Also, because of an onslaught of self-published books, there's a lot to sluff through if you're going to find a gem. Plus, I personally just can't give up on losing these precious items in my life in favor of something I can't physically hold and touch.
I work in newspapers, so I know how much the digital era can cost. Newspapers are going out of business and laying off long-time employees because the internet (and the lack of young readership) has killed profitability. I'm worried that E-books could present the same type of problems for the publishing world.
Am I wrong? Am I just being paranoid? Am I fighting the inevitable and am shockingly too old at 23 to see it? I'd like to know. What are your thoughts on E-books? Do you own a reader? If so, will you give up on paper books?