Yes, it is. I know there have been plenty of them lately, but that's whats on my mind. The recent closing of Borders and various things have me thinking about it all lately. There's so much speculation on the future of books. The future of publishing. The future, the future....It gets so repetitive!
I love ebooks. But I also love print. There's pros and cons to both.
There's just something about holding that wonderfully printed new book. Or used for that matter. My spare bedroom in my house is being converted into a library. I can't wait until it's finished. I'm never going to want to leave it. (Wonder if I can convince hubby to put a bed in here? LOL) But.....
There's only so much space. And I buy-and read- a lot of books! And it's SO HARD to part with them. Sure, I can part with a book I wasn't too fond of. But for those few that I don't want to keep, there's about five times that many that I DO want to keep. I only have so much space. And that's where the ebook factor plays in my mind. Unlimited space. Okay, so even if you don't have enough room on your ereader, computer, Ipod...wherever, you can at least archive your books and if you want a re-read, then you can download it back again later.
But I know that reading on the computer, or an electronic device, if I'm reading too long it starts to hurt my eyes. Now, I'm not sure if an actual e-reader device such as a Kindle or Nook has that issue, being that I don't have one. I read ebooks either on my main PC, laptop, or from the Kindle, Nook, and Fictionwise apps I have on my Itouch.
But then again, with print, some of the font size is so small! (Berkley Sensation books sometime seem to have such small print, I struggle with it. Being that I have a visual impairment, it makes it hard for me at times) With the ebook devices, you can change the font size.
I could go on and on about the pros and cons, but I think you get the point.
As an author, I'd like to be able to see one of my books in print. It's always been a dream of mine to hold one of my own books.
With the closing of another major bookstore, what does that hold for the future of books? Is it fair for everyone to simply have to adapt to whatever comes? Can't there somehow be choices, a way for EVERYONE to be satisfied? I know there are some people who have not jumped into the ebook market at all! And that's fine, it's their prerogative, but what happens if or when that choice may be taken away from them?
I know, I know. Life isn't fair. Blah, blah, blah. I hear that all the time. I know it. Does that mean I can't comment about it? Well, I am. Commenting about it.
What do you think? How do you feel? I'd love comments from a readers point of view, and authors point of view.