Sunday, May 15, 2011

Books vs. eBooks

Well, I think I've turned a corner.  This past week I had the opportunity to pick up a free book from one of my favorite authors/speakers and I could have had it signed, but I turned it down.  I already had it on Kindle and I just didn't want to carry the book home and didn't feel I needed another copy.

I've collected great books for years and I have a wall of them at home.  I recently did buy a hardcopy of an ebook I read and loved, but in this case I just didn't want another one.

EBooks are just too convenient, they weigh nothing, you can keep hundreds with you, you can search them and frankly they are just better than heavy, expensive books on a bookshelf.

Times are changing.   What do you think?

4 comments:

  1. Mark,

    I agree to an extent. Last year when I was moving, I took almost a truck load of books to the library for donation. I resolved at that time to no longer buy hardcopies, and exclusively rely on eBooks and books borrowed from the libraries. And now a year later, I have inevitably collected another couple of boxes of hardcopies. But in my defense I will say that most of these are rare manuscripts from the early 1900. And even though Google has digitized a lot of these rare books, and made them available as PDF for free download, it is just not the same as owning a hardcopy of a rare manuscript still in its dust jacket or slipcase :-)

    Saqib
    Post Scriptum: Following is an interesting blogpost about eBooks by Dennis Barron, professor of English at UofI:
    http://illinois.edu/db/view/25/46504

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  2. I was just thinking about that last night. What will "books" mean to the generation that's born today? We have lots of bookshelves in our house will that just be to keep for sentimental value these old relics?

    A real Change and not just from a storage perspective either but soon the cost of the book won't be an issue for anyone. As the marginal cost of the book goes to zero the price won't be far behind. Read any book you want for almost zero dollars, anytime, anywhere, on a whim or as a part of a study. Compare this to a couple of hundred years ago where only the affluent could afford a book or two per year.

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  3. Interesting post Saqib. I hadn't thought about the renting vs owning point but I had heard about the 1984 event and about the library discussions. Thanks for sharing.

    Phil, you are right about how fortunate we are to have so much access to great content.

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  4. Totally agree. I've made the switch, which was hard, but now resent having to carry, shelve, and read paper books. Fascinating.

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