I stumbled upon this quote this morning: “There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.” – Ray Bradbury. I wonder what Mr. Bradbury would think now?
In the not too distant past, it was impossible to know just how quickly Ebooks would gain traction with readers. Even I once claimed I would never be won over by Ebooks. Well, I’ve changed my mind.
It all started when my husband gave me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. He figured I would like it since it doesn’t have any apps, just books and the capability to access an online bookstore. At first I was cynical, but then I downloaded an Ebook and Holy Mackerel! I am in love with my Ereader. I never thought holding an Ereader in my hand would be satisfying at all, but I was wrong. Of course, there is nothing like turning a real page, but if the writing is fantastic, the story reigns supreme no matter the delivery method to the reader.
One of the first things I did after getting my Ereader was buy a skin for it because I am one of those people who likes pretty things. Then, I looked online for the kinds of books I enjoy reading and there they all were. I expected the Ebook store to just be flooded with lower quality books by self-published authors, but while they are there, I found that most of the books were the same ones I look for in bookstores. I even looked up and downloaded my own EBooks available from my publisher. Oh, come on, wouldn’t you? Ha. I couldn’t help it! It’s neat to see what my own Ebooks look like in electronic form. But don’t worry, I don’t sit and read my own books over and over again. I can hardly bear to do that, but that’s just me. Thank goodness I’ve found plenty of other authors to enjoy on my Kindle.
Besides the traditionally published authors I’ve always enjoyed from the big legacy publishing houses, I’ve even discovered some wonderful Indie and even a few self-published authors who can definitely write good books. Maybe the best part of Ebooks is turning out to be the choice we as readers now have. Many of our favorite traditionally published authors who continue to publish with the big houses are going Indie at the same time. That gives us as readers something to read while we’re waiting around for an author’s next traditional novel. It’s good news for readers and writers alike.
I’m not saying I’m giving up reading a book with real pages and a glossy cover. What kind of reader would ever do that? But I’ve let go of the notion that Ebooks aren’t great, and now I carry my Ereader around with me wherever I go.
What about you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Have you been won over yet? Or do you agree with Ray Bradbury that Ebooks smell like burned fuel? I hope not!