November 16, 2010

e-readers! a newbie’s view

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I now have an e-reader. It’s a Sony that was bestowed upon me by the benevolent harpercollins gods after I made my case that it would help me read manuscripts even faster than I already do. I’m not much of an early adopter when it comes to technology, and if I didn’t work in publishing, you’d probably see me getting one sometime ten or twenty years from now.

Here are the reasons I was reluctant to get one:

1. I like reading books. Why mess with a good thing?
2. I have terrible luck with gadgets. I dropped my phone in the toilet just days after getting it.
3. I stare at screens all day. Would I really want to stare at a screen on the train and at home too?

And now . . . it might be just a little too soon to tell, but I think I’m a convert! Right now I’m reading Sex at Dawn, which we’re publishing in paperback next summer, and I’m liking it for the following reasons:

1. It’s a hardcover, and it’s way easier on my back and shoulders to carry an e-reader.
2. It’s a harper book, which means I wouldn’t have had to buy it anyway, which means I didn’t have to make any decisions about where to buy e-books.

I don’t know that I’ll read paperbacks on it, but for hardcovers (and of course for manuscripts), I think I’m sold. What about you? Do you read different types of books on your e-reader? Do you want one for Christmas? Will you never, ever get one?


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