botanydave wrote:I still use paper format for most of my books... Upgrading formats and new technology does bother me... Should I switch to digital... ever?
Con: New technology may render library unreadable.
Pro: Saves acres of cubic space.
Con: Digital media would be rendered useless by EMP or prolonged power outage.
Pro: Tiny hardware allows ease of removing library from fire/flood/tornado zone.
Con: Can't readily relax with a device which both glows and makes that awful electricity noise.
As an ebook lover I kinda feel like I have to respond to this.
Before I got my reader (I have the Sony, not a Kindle) I had similar misgivings about the thing. I wasn't at all sure I'd like reading a book on it. A year and a half later... it is one of my favorite geek purchases ever. So...
Con #1: New technology - this is an issue, but not if you're willing to do a bit of extra work. Striping the DRM off anything you buy lets you keep it and convert it to any future format changes. It also prevents the whole "Amazon likes to take away books" issue.
Con #2: EMP/power outage - Yeah... that would be a problem. However, the battery life on my Sony is really amazing. I read a LOT (easily 2/3 books a week) and I generally only have to charge the thing every other week-ish.
Con #3: Glowing/Noise - Non-issue. E-ink devices (Sony Reader, Kindle, etc...) do not glow, they behave like paper. I can and have read at the beach in full sunlight without an issue, I read in bed with it, it feels
like a book. They also don't make any noise.
like reading books on a computer screen at all
, but my Reader is something else entirely. It feels like a book, it acts like a book, it looks like a book. Except it remembers where I was when I fall asleep reading, it has all the books I'm reading at the moment in it and will remember where I am in each of them, it lets me use my hands to do something else instead of hold it open (like knit, or eat), it lets me carry around what would be huge bricks of books in a tiny little space. No worries about taking enough books on vacation.