At first glance, an eReader has the appearance of a technological device that’ll some day replace all print forms of books. However, that may not be the case.
There will always be people who prefer the smell and feel of a print book, and who love entering book stores where they’re surrounded floor to ceiling with these precious gems. If eReaders replaced print books, there’d no longer be a need for book stores in the physical sense.
Some say eReaders are great because you can take them with you wherever you go. Funny. I’m able to do the same with print books. In fact, I do it all the time. And the print books actually weight less at 5.6 oz. (368 pages) or 7.8 oz. (512 pages). The eReaders are 7.76 oz. for Sony’s Reader Pocket Edition (its smallest eReader) and 10.2 oz. for Amazon’s Kindle for example. To debate the weight issue is a waste of time since there isn’t a big difference either way. Still, I wanted to point out that print books are lighter.
I’ve heard people say how wonderful it is to travel with an eReader because they can bring hundreds of books with them wherever they go. Okay, but when do you ever NEED that many books? When I travel—now, this may just be me—I bring two or three books and I never have a chance to finish reading them. Why would I need more books when traveling?
Another thing to consider is the amount of time spent on the computer. I stare at a computer screen for hours at a time. The last thing I want to do when I kick back and relax is read my book on a screen. My eyes are already fatigued enough and the print version is a nice break.
What about those of us who bring novels to the beach? I certainly don’t have to worry about sand scratching my print book. Nor do I realistically have to concern myself with the possibility of theft. I like to read a little, take a dip in the water, and return to my book. With an eReader, I’d be afraid to leave it unattended. That’s not my idea of a great time at the beach.
I’m not saying eReaders aren’t great things or that they don’t have a place in this world. I just don’t believe they’ll completely replace print books. At least, I hope they don’t. I’m one of those people who loves the feel and smell of print books.
What do you think?