It's been a few months, and I still have not bought a single ebook. I have bought two paper books. One of them will be passed around a group of friends, but mostly it feels strange to spend money on an ebook. (Yes, I have worked in high tech since 1995. And yes, I do occasionally buy music online. I don't really know why it feels different with a book.)
Having said that, I've never bought many books. I read a lot - if I bought every book I read for $10, I could easily spend $160 - $200 a month on books. And I wouldn't be able to walk in my house. Since I'll read almost anything, I borrow books from the library, friends, and family.
It's definitely not the same experience as a paper book - there are pros and cons to each. Here's what I've found so far.
Paper or plastic?
- Borrowing library books - Plastic. Much easier, faster, and it can be done from the couch.
- Returning library books - Plastic. It took me a while to figure out how to do this, but now I love it - especially since Ottawa Public Library only lets you have 10 ebooks out at once.
- Storage - Plastic. No piles of books around, just one little device. Well, OK, fewer piles of books around.
- Killing spiders - Paper. Plastic might work for killing spiders, but I suspect it wouldn't work for anything else afterwards.
- Going back a few pages to reread something - Paper. There's no concept of "It was on the bottom quarter of a left-hand page" with an ereader. And I find turning multiple pages at once really slow.
- Skipping ahead to make sure an enjoyable character survives the book - Paper. Um, not that I do that.
- Borrowing books someone else has bought - Paper. If anyone knows how to do this (legally) on an ereader, let me know.
I'm really enjoying the Kobo - I'm reading a lot more (even by my standards), but I'm also reading things I might never have come across in a paper book world. I'm also considering figuring out how to make PDFs that work with it so that so that I can move my recipe book onto the Kobo.
Of course, given how splattered some pages in my recipe book are, maybe that's not such a good idea.