One of last year’s hot Christmas presents were the eBook readers. There’s Amazon’s Kindle, the device that got the ball rolling. Barnes & Noble recently introduced the Nook color version adding a new dimension to the eBook reader experience, boasting an LCD screen versus the standard E-Ink one that most readers use. There are also lesser known brands like the Kobo eReader and Pandigital Novel. There are lots to choose from. The website, Top Ten Reviews, has a nice chart comparing the features of many of the popular readers.
But I’m not jumping on the e-reader bandwagon. I agree these devices are cool. It would be easy to read in a dark room or while traveling in a car. You could easily carry lots of books around when traveling. But the investment for me is not worth the payoff.
The books I read cost $1 or less at a garage sale. I get them from trading on Paperbackswap. I listened to 41 audiobooks last year, all free from my local library. (See my post on this topic.) I read books loaned to me by friends and family. So as you can see I spend very little money on my reading habit. I was never one to spend a lot of money on a book I’d likely read once.
For this reason, I don’t see myself investing in an eBook reader anytime soon. Besides the initial investment of the reader itself, there would be constant spending of money on eBooks (averaging $10 per book) or other materials to read. I like the fact that eBooks are eco-friendly, no trees are cut down to make them. But I can’t share my eBooks with friends. I can’t trade or resell my ebooks like I do with my current paper versions. See this Slate article about publisher’s reluctance to allow sharing for e-Books: No Sharing Allowed.
So they haven’t convinced me I need an e-reader. I’m not sure they ever will.