Sometimes I embrace change and other times, not so much. The “not so much” particularly applies to electronic books. I really prefer ink-on-paper books, and that’s that. I love the feel, the heft, the look, the smell…okay, I’m getting all warm-and-fuzzy about it, but it’s true: I really love physical books. That includes the paper, cover, font…oops, there I go again.
That said, ebooks are getting so ubiquitous it’s nearly impossible not to stumble across one, or mention of one, these days, and I admit it’s good that we can get books unavailable in the physical format. Sometimes, the things are even cheap, or free. Want a novel, a short story collection, novelette or an e-mag? Easy, all available. Want big chunks? Look for bundles, or as Amazon labels them, Megapacks. I show a few below (I only have one of these). [Images clipped from Amazon]
These are but a few of the hundreds of ebook bundles and mega-packs available
I don’t own a dedicated device for reading ebooks. I know lots of people who do, and I understand they like them just fine and find them useful and convenient. Maybe I’ll get one sometime. What I do have is the application Kindle For Mac on my desktop and laptop computers. With that, I have the ability to read ebooks.
So, here and there, I’ve picked up about 60 free, 99 cent, and a few 2.99 books (novels, short story collections and some novelettes) and a couple of e-periodicals. Perhaps the most difficult to resist are the inexpensive bundles, or Megapacks. Yes, I bought some. They’re terrific bargains, and when the day comes that I have an iPad, tablet or some type of e-reader, they’ll provide reading for those times a real book isn’t practical.
So I have all those ebooks. Have I read any? Sure, I have. Three of them, one of which I got from the library. Did I mention you can get free ebooks from the library? You check them out just like other books. Of course, with ebooks, as with any books, it all comes down to taking the time to read what’s between the covers (and why do most ebooks have such inferior cover art? Sheesh.), and I never seem to have enough reading time. Does anyone?