Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The eBook Debate
Susan Sleeman here weighing in on the eBook debate. Not the debate about which eReader is best, but about the future of eBooks. In my fellow author circles, discussions are flowing over the future of printed books and the effect of eReaders. As in any debate, authors have various opinions on the eBook revolution. Some see it as the beginning of the end of printed books. Some see it as a great way to offer another reading format. Some embrace eReaders themselves and read only on them. Some will read nothing but a printed book.
I personally own a Kindle. I received it as a Mother's Day gift and didn't know how I'd like it, but I have to tell you I LOVE it. I can get a book instantly from Amazon, I can read my manuscripts on it, I take notes and underline sections I want to remember, and I take thousands of books with me when I travel in the space of one book.
Does this mean I don't ever read printed books anymore? Not at all. I still love to hold a book in my hands and I love to go to bookstores and look at the amazing covers.
And my opinion doesn't differ as an author, Both of my books, High-Stakes Inheritance and Nipped in the Bud are available in eBook format which gives readers a choice in how to purchase my books. Of course, if printed books went away, I'd miss getting my author copies when a new book releases and miss seeing my own books on the shelves, but I really don't think printed books will disappear soon.
Now in case you didn't know this, all Love Inspired books come in eBook format. You can purchase them for most of the eReaders out there, so no matter the eReader you might own, our books are available for you.
So I thought I'd solicit the opinion of readers like you. What do you think about the ebook revolution? Do you own an eReader? If so which one and what do you like about it? Did you stop reading print books when you started using an eReader?