I'll admit that when I first heard of e-readers, I wasn't excited. I love books--not just the words inside, but the look of a book, the feel of it in my hands, the turning of a real page. E-readers seemed...wrong. I wondered if reading from a device would add eye strain and feel less cozy. And in a world that was focusing more on screens with each passing day, I worried about the impact e-readers would have on books, which had always felt so timeless.
The first things that started to make me question my bias against e-readers were blog posts by agent Kate Schafer Testerman in 2008. Her hubby had given her a Kindle as a wedding gift and she loved it. Then I heard about other people feeling the same way. They said the Kindle was compact, lightweight, and actually reduced eye strain.
Huh. I pictured traveling and how much easier it would be, toting less weight. Plus, the eye strain factor is huge for people who spend a lot of time reading. I continued learning more good things, and my opinion began to change.
Presently, the reports keep coming in as they rise in popularity and more types of these devices become available. Here is an October 27th Publishers Weekly article about the nook. Literary agent Nathan Bransford talks about e-readers regularly on his blog; he wrote about them Wednesday and he briefly touched on them again Friday (third paragraph) when he did his This Week in Publishing summary. On November 12th, Publishers Weekly had an article about children's books on the iPhone. (Side note: JUST ME AND MY DAD, the title in the article, was huge in my house when my kids were little. Mercer Mayer's Little Critter = happiness.)
While I'll always LOVE book-books, I'm now incredibly curious about e-readers. I haven't tried one yet, but I'd like to. There seem to be so many benefits to them and, like it or not, they may be the books of the future. Books, after all, aren't becoming a thing of the past; they're adapting. In my opinion, this is a good thing.
What are your thoughts? Do you own an e-reader? Would you like to? If you have experience with more than one type, which device would you recommend?