You’ve seen them. They’re all over the place. On the plane, in the bookstores, at the park. E-readers have become a staple in the American landscape. But many of us haven’t made a decision as to whether we’ll join the early adopters to this new form of literary enjoyment. Well, it’s time you made a decision ... or at least became informed so that you can make a decision.
In defense of books
Traditional books will never go away completely, and there are a few reasons why. For one thing, people love the feel of a book in their hands. They like to flip through the pages, look at the cover, and have it on their shelf when someone wants to borrow it or when they need to prove someone wrong about something. Also, they like physical bookmarks — the ones with tassels.
Unlike e-readers, physical books are also fairly unbreakable, unless you have a small child (but replacing a torn book is cheaper than replacing an entire e-reader). There are also no upfront fees for regular books.
Overall, there is something to be said about regular, traditional books. They still serve a purpose, and probably always will. But purchasing an e-reader doesn’t mean you have to give up your old books ... in fact, they can learn to live together in harmony.
The case for e-readers
E-readers are packed with many benefits. Even with all the stuff they can do, they are extremely portable, making them a great choice for travelers. For the most part, they are also easy to use. E-readers allow the user to download books, magazines, and newspapers with the push of a button, and they will be available to read with another simple push of a button.
Books for e-readers are often less expensive, too. Most titles are less than $9.99, and many books are free. (The ease of downloading new books can also be a negative, however, since you will likely purchase more books than you typically would in a bookstore).
E-readers aren’t necessarily as unfriendly as you might think. You can take notes, highlight, share, and do other things that were once limited to traditional books.
In the end, it is up to you whether or not you’ll take the plunge. But new readers (like the Nook Color from Barnes and Noble) even combine e-readers with tablet PCs. The sky is the limit and new technology and lower costs continue to make it easier to get in the e-reader game.
If you need help selecting an e-reader or integrating it with your home computer, give The Computer Guys USA a call at (928) 468-0000. We’re happy to help.
Who knows ... maybe you’ll be reading this column on an e-reader next week.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA, Inc.” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.