As many of you know, I’m planning on going the indie publishing route with my novel, Blue Sky Days. That means the majority of my books will likely be read on e-readers, even though I’ll eventually have a print copy available. But you wanna know a secret? I don’t even own an e-reader.
I would love to have one, but I am, after all, just a poor writer (emphasis on the poor part), and I can’t afford one right now. I do read e-books on my computer when they’re sent to me for review, and I’ve downloaded one or two books from Amazon for my computer’s Kindle App. I think an e-reader would be handy, especially for traveling so I don’t have to carry a boatload of books with me wherever I go, and also for the times when an e-book is available before the print book, or is the only option because there is no print book.
That being said, I LOVE print books. I love the feel of them, the look of them, the smell of them - I love everything about them. One day a few months ago, after I’d been to the library, a friend asked me jokingly ‘do they still have books there?’ I think as long as there are people like me – and I know for a fact I’m not alone in this feeling – there will always be books in print. I support the electronic book movement 100%, but I would never want people to think that just because I’m publishing an e-book means I don’t support traditionally published authors, or people who only make their books available in print.
My question is: why does it have to be either/or? If you love print books, it’s not like having an e-reader is the equivalent of having a scandalous affair behind your books’ backs. And it’s not cheating on your e-books if you suddenly decide you must have a certain book in paperback or hardcover. I grew up in a house full of books, and my children will grow up in a house full of books, but there will also be e-readers available to them if that's what they want. If the whole electronic movement had happened 20 years ago, I’m sure my parents would have happily bought me an e-reader if it meant I’d continue my love affair with reading. I really don’t understand the either/or mentality some people have. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, that much I do understand, but times are changing, and if you don’t at least have an open mind, I think you’re going to be left behind wondering what happened.
How do you feel about this issue? Are you an either/or person? Why? Do you think 'real' books will soon become a thing of the past and that e-readers will take over completely, or do you think paper books will always be around? I'd love to hear your thoughts!