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Did you hear the news? Amazon is now selling more (Kindle) e-books than paperbacks! It’s amazing, isn’t it?
Whether we “traditional readers” like it or not, e-books are here to stay.
In a thoughtful commentary on the subject, the fellow tech writer Phil Elmore reminds us that the licensing issue that bothers some readers is not that different with traditional paper-based books either but we’re usually not aware of the “licensing agreement” we implicitly sign when we buy a traditional book. That’s the whole difference. I agree with Elmore.
Elmore also reminds us the way we lugged our books with us in boxes and boxes of dead wood every time we moved — remember that? So shifting from dead trees to electrons has its advantages too. It’s not all that bad, really.
Increasingly, the CONTENT of a book and what we REMEMBER of it and what we MAKE of it will be more important than the way it’s delivered and the format in which we continue to own it. Perhaps that’s a good thing after all, focusing our attention on what really matters in life…
Given the ease with which e-books are published through publish-on-demand and various self-publishing systems, the role of e-book reviews will probably become more important in the future to separate the riffraff from the good quality stuff.
Through all this I’m wondering what e-books will do to our WONDERFUL LIBRARIES… How will libraries “lend” e-books? The future — can’t wait to see it happen 🙂