Saturday, March 1, 2014
Musings: Why Ebooks are Not Real Books to Me (Yet)
For one thing, sometimes I don't feel like I own my ebook. True, I'm not using the Kindle, where Amazon has wiped out customer accounts. But I do read DRM locked galleys. And while I'm a plenty fast reader, I can imagine how people who read slowly can't finish the galley before it's expired (and by then, it might be archived!).
Which leads to my next point: You can't share an ebook. Sure, there are gift-ing methods, but how do I lend an ebook to my friend? Right now, I think the only way I could pass a copy on would be to copy it, but that's piracy. But with a printed book, I could just lend that copy to my friend and get it back when it's read. No copying needed.
And this point is quite unrelated, but I've never had a reading slump when it comes to physical books. E-books yeah, but when I think I'm sick of reading, all I need to do is to look for an actually book that doesn't come with distractions like Plants vs Zombies 2 and start reading. I normally find myself wondering why I ever got tired of reading in a few minutes.
So that would be my really short musing on ebooks. It's probably not the last time I'll be thinking about ebooks so look out for a part 2 sometime in the future!