Are e-books any different than “real” books?

Just recently I was asked to give my opnion on whether or not the e-book was going to put an end to traditionally published books.

That’s a big question – and way more than I can answer in the few minutes I have got before I must go and catch a bus to work.

But – here’s my quick thoughts on the matter.

I don’t own an e-reader – but that’s mostly because I’m broke.

However, I’d love to own a Kindle or Kobo e-reader.

Here’s why.

I have fifty-four year old eyes. Small font is beginning to escape me. The ability to blow up a novel’s font – as you can do with e-reading devices – is a wonderful sales feature.

I have a fifty-four year old back, as well – and I do most of my reading on the bus on the way to and from my day job. Means heavy books get left behind. Just last week I had to give up on reading Ken Follett’s PILLARS OF THE EARTH because it was too damn heavy. E-books let you carry entire encycopedias in your hip pocket.

That’s another sales feature.

Finally – I just don’t believe that e-books are the horror that some folks picture them as. Whether you are scrolling with a button or flipping an actual page you are still reading a book. Saying that an e-book is any different than a traditionally-published book is a little like saying that hardcovers are “better” than paperbacks.

It just doesn’t hold true.

A book is a book is a book!

 

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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9 responses to “Are e-books any different than “real” books?

  1. Good post, Steve! Am planning on blogging about this myself reasonably soon. 🙂

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  2. It’s about the content, not the media.

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  3. Great points! I’ve fallen in love with the conveniences of ebooks as well. It also helps with book hoarding tendencies. I’d much rather have a full kindle than stacks of overflowing books!

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  4. It’s all going to go onto one all-purpose tablet or phone anyway, and kindles and kobos will be gone. Or (if you’ve seen them) the next big thing might be the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is a phone the size of a small tablet.

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    • The only problem is those devices don’t have e-ink technology like a regular dedicated e-reader has. I would rather read on my Kindle with pages that actually read like real paper, than an iPad or phone any day. I also use the Kindle App on my Android phone from time to time – but only for short reads.

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    • I figure there will ALWAYS be a “next big thing”.

      I likewise figure that I will ALWAYS be about three generations behind the “next big thing”.

      Hell, I don’t even have a cell phone. I hate them with a passion.

      Different strokes…

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  5. No matter what form these devices take in the future, e-books are here to stay.

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