A huge shout-out to early voting. After being laid up by surgery last week and working late this week, I FINALLY got a chance to early vote today. The deed is done, and boy do I feel good about it. 🙂
But that’s not what this blog is about. I got home on time to see Oprah endorse the Kindle and she’s offering $50 off from her website to anyone who buys the e-reader in the next seven days. I thought, “Oh. Okay.”
If you don’t know what the Kindle is, then go hereto find out. At $359, you can download many of your favorite books and lighten the load on your sagging TBR shelf by more than 200 titles. Not only has NY bought into it, but so have many epubs. Anyone who hasn’t, you can bet it’s on their To-Do list. Even my book, Unstable Environment became available on the Kindle about a month ago. A huge shout-out to Parker Publishingfor offering ebooks in addition to print, by the way. Most of the Kindle-ized ebooks bought through Amazon cost $9.99 or less to download and they’re always available to you, even if you break or lose your device. You can go back to Amazon and download them again.
But here’s the problem: $359. AND, the books are $9.99 or less. The good news is that the hardcover books are supposed to be $9.99, although I haven’t researched that to see if it was true or not. Still, that’s pretty damn steep for an ebook. And I’m not just picking on Kindle either. I’m picking on Sony, Bookeen, Fujitsu, and others who design ebook reader. I think, the last time I checked, the cheapest e-reader out there is $199.
Even though my books are in ebooks format, I don’t own an ereader for them. I’ve thought about buying one, but everytime I think of how much they cost, I see each of those dollars in paperback books. Do you know how many freakin’ books I can buy for $199?
I don’t care how much of an investment it is, I’ll wait until they’re destruction proof. Do you know how many books I’ve dropped or thrown across the room? To my horrified grief, I’ve even dropped a few in the toilet. Can you imagine what it would feel like to drop hundreds of dollars in the blue waters of the porcelain underworld? I’d have a reason to be sick all right. I’ve also dropped books down stairs, left them places never to be see again, and loaned them out. None of that is feasible with a reading device. I don’t care how much money you put in them.
My monetary challenges–stinginess–won’t keep me from reading ebooks. I like them a lot. Ebooks especially come in handy when I’m sitting in front of my computer with writer’s block in full force. That’s when I get most of my ereading done, and my writer’s block is usually lifted. I’m a huge fan of letting students from grade school through graduate school carry all of their books on ereaders because those suckers can get heavy. Unfortunately, I’m not only waiting for an ebook reader that will read ebooks in any format, but I’m also waiting for it to be less than $50. Until that happens, I’ll keep reading them on my laptop. That also means I’ll be reading less ebooks, too. 😦
What are your thoughts on ereaders and ebooks? Are you waiting to buy one or are you a cheapskate like me?