A couple of weeks ago, I finally gave in an ordered an e-reader, which arrived on the Friday before Christmas. I resisted for many reasons, some of which still bother me:
- You don't own e-books, you licence them, which means you can't resell, loan, or give them away without breaking the terms of your licence
- They don't smell right (or at all)
- You can't fill shelves with them
- The reading experience is sterile
- How much electronic waste are millions of generations of e-readers going to generate over the next couple of decades?
I finally gave in because something I feared eventually happened: some of my favourite authors are no longer publishing traditional books in the physical world. Unless I resort to piracy, I can't read their stuff.
It was Lois McMaster Bujold who broke me. She's written several new books set in the same fantasy universe as The Curse of Chalion, The Hallowed Hunt, etc., and you can't buy print copies because they don't exist.
Hence my surrender. To ease the pain, Sylvia bought me a very generous Amazon gift card, which I've used to fill my new Kindle with electronic books.
I knew it would happen eventually; I just didn't expect it to be this soon. E-books, how does it feel now you've won the war?