Saturday, June 9, 2012

Why Kindle Isn't Enough for This Reader

I'm taking a little break to enjoy some of the weekend. We have more rain and gloom up here in northwest Montana (I love it), but my poor hand needs a computer break. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll see you Monday!

Why Kindle Isn't Enough for This Reader 

I’m old-fashioned. When I sit down to read a book for pleasure I want to feel the paper and turn the pages. I’m a little behind the reading technology times. I don’t read on a Kindle and have no plans to purchase one in the future. I’ve only just recently begun reading some books on my laptop in PDF or with the Kindle PC app, but I do that only for reviews. I just don’t like reading for pleasure on an electronic device.

So what happens when I come across a book I’d like to read, but it’s available only in Kindle or other eBook format? There’s a 95% chance that I’m not going to buy the book and read it. I would gladly spend more in order to have a physical copy of the book in my hands. In fact it was pointed out that I could save hundreds of dollars a year if I switched to reading on a Kindle. Unfortunately that wouldn’t do much for my beloved library. The cost of losing those beautiful books on the shelves would be far more.

I recently went on a search for an author so I could read one of her books, only to find that she published her books in eBook format only. It was disappointing because I knew there was little chance I would actually read anything she wrote. It happened again just last week when I wanted to order a great adventure novel that is part of a series, but alas, it was available in eBook only.

I must say that I wish more authors, who have the ability, would publish on both Kindle and in paperback. The cost is well, minimal. When I first published, I had no intention of even selling in eBook format until I realized that I was in a minority. Unfortunately for a reader like myself, I imagine there are many books I miss out on because the book isn’t available in a print copy. I wish I could say that my views would change and I’ll become a Kindle convert, but I do not foresee that happening.

Is this a plea for authors to publish in both formats for the old-fashioned reader? Perhaps.

Tell us readers – does it matter to you? 

Image: purchased RF from Dreamstime. Isn't he cute!

1 comment:

  1. If it's a good book that I'll cherish, yes I want a print copy of the book. For books I need to read in a hurry, an ebook works fine.

    But I'm with you, I LOVE print copy books.