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“I will never stop loving the printed book,” Mr. Connelly says. Yet, “I am very interested in this world. E-books are here to stay.” He adds, “There is the advantage of being able to carry multiple things. I travel a lot—believe me, I notice the weight.”

Mystery and thriller author Michael Connelly

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about e-readers and how the devices are causing people to read more.  In fact the study found that 40% of the respondents said that they now read more than they did with print books.

AMEN. Finally a study identifies a trend that I noticed with my own reading habits and supported by several of my friends. (Yes, I did notice that it was commission by Sony, a maker of an e-reader.)

I LOVE my kindle. The ability to tote around many books at one time without all the bulk is a huge benefit.  When I’m stuck in the longest line in Target, the grocery store, or the post office all I have to do is pull out my iPhone and I can continue reading.  (I’ve also been known to do the same thing when I’m stuck at work waiting for a meeting to begin.)

I don’t understand people who are vehemently opposed to ebooks. Why can’t we find a place for both?

As much as I adore my kindle, I haven’t stopped buying printed books. I’m just more choosy about what I want in print vs electronic. Because, space is an issue. I live in an apartment. There are only so many book cases I can add and I just can’t find it upon myself to get rid of books. Even when I loan them out it is just that – a loan. I want that book back.

The only thing that has slowed down my ebook purchases has been the insanity by the publishers. I don’t buy MacMillan ebooks because their prices are usually insane. I purpose take them out from the library or get them from a friend. I’m not supporting a company that routinely charges consumers more than what is reasonable. I realize publishers are running a business and have to make a profit. But I shouldn’t have to pay the same amount as a paperback or hardcover. The paper, printing, and distribution charges are much higher for print than ebooks. I do feel guilty about this because it means the author isn’t getting any payment from me. But I would gladly send the author whatever portion they would have received and skip greedy publishers.



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Flavorwire has an interesting post on what you’re reading in public says about you. I have to admit, I loved this one:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: You never read The Da Vinci Code, and you’re not going to feel left out this time

Because it seems like the books have taken on a life of their own. I have yet to read any of them but friends all tell me I’ll love the book. Even though they can’t quite explain why they love the book.

The post reminded me one of the reasons I love my kindle is that people can’t tell what I’m reading so that can’t make any judgments.  (No looks of disdain if I happen to be reading ::shock:: a romance. ) So instead of questions about what I am reading I end up fielding questions about the kindle itself.

Occasionally I end up in a debate about ebooks vs paper. “How can you read ebooks? It’s just not the same.” That’s true. Since I’ve bought my kindle I think I’m reading more and I feel like I’m reading faster. This may or may not be true. I like the convenience factor. When I travel for work, I have access to a bunch of different books in the space that one takes up. But I’ll never give up on paper books. I’m just more choosy. If it isn’t something that I want to later display on a book shelf, I go ebook. That new book on Chicago, bought the hardback.

And speaking of ebooks… I love that Kristan Higgins made the USAToday list today at #102 for her ebook edition of All I Ever Wanted. As Jane from Dear Author noted, There are other (E) editions on the list.  I think this is a real sign of the ebook penetration. I hope we see more ebooks on the list and then maybe publishers will stop fighting it. (I’m talking about you MacMillian.)

Side note: If you haven’t picked up All I Ever Wanted, I recommend it. It’s a good read.

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