I was late to the E-Reader world, having only bought a cheap Kindle late last year.
The first book I bought felt awkward reading on it, but like 99.99 percent of the people in the world who buy one, I quickly fell in love with it.
I love the cheaper cost of books, the dictionary it has built inside it, the fact you don’t have to find storage on your shelves for yet more books, and about a hundred other things about it.
I knew by the time I finished my second book on it that E-Readers would take over and printed books would become something we buy as a collector’s item, so to speak — and only then after having read it first on an E-Reader to determine it was a work of art.
Anyway, you’ve probably heard that Amazon released its latest Kindles, with backlit screens. And that new E-Reader (called the Kindle Paperwhite) has already sold out and will take four to six weeks before more arrive.
So, E-Readers are already popular and they’re becoming far more so. After all, many of those buying the new Paperwhite will be handing off or giving away their older Kindles, which means new people having access to technology they’ve either not used or not grown comfortable with.
My main point in all this is if you think E-Readers aren’t going to completely take over the vast majority of the market in just a few years, then I challenge you to read this article in The New York Times that reviews the new Kindle Paperwhite compared to its competition.
And for discussion points, I’d love to hear from you all on your thoughts. Do you own a Kindle or Nook or other type of E-Reader? (If not, why haven’t you bought one?) And for those who do own one, what reasons do you have for loving yours? And how do you foresee the future of books/E-Readers ending up?
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.