I was reading USA Today last week and there was this article on digital reading devices like Kindles, Nooks, IPads, and others. Apparently, his past Christmas a huge number of these devices were received as gifts. In fact, so many were given out as gifts that on Christmas day Barnes & Noble sold 1 million e-books!! No wonder my daughters and mother-in-law were having a tough time logging on with their new Nooks.
It has taken a while for me to get on the e-reader band wagon. I had seen people reading on their Kindles and was intrigued, but never enough to even look into the whole process. It’s hard to get away from the idea of a book with paper pages being in your hand as your read. However, when we saw that Kindle had an IPad app Cathy and I thought we might give it a try.
In the summer Cathy was the first to be “brave” enough to downloaded her first e-book. She said it seemed a little odd at first but before long she was reaching up to try an turn an actual page. That really surprised her. Once she realized she had forgotten that she was reading an e-book she was sold.
When Cathy and I were planning a trip to Venice and Rome last fall we downloaded a couple of travel books. It was great because we could share them between our IPads since we use the same Amazon account. While we were traveling we took an IPad with us and had all the information we needed. Between the IPad and IPods with walking tours downloaded on them we were set!!
I like the idea of having as many books as I might want with me when we travel. I also think it is amazing that you can look up a book that interests you and, if you are still intrigued, you can immediately own it. Wow! And it is great to not have our bookshelves groaning from the weight of books to be donated. We have made more trips to the library donation box than I care to admit.
Having used an e-reader now for a couple of months I’m getting the hang of it and I think I like it. I’m not surprised to read that of the top 50 books in the USA Today’s best selling books list last week 19 of the books had higher e-book sales than print version. It will be interesting to see how quickly the e-book market grows in the months ahead.
So, my question is: Do you use a Kindle, a Nook, an IPad or some other device to download books? What do you think about them??