A recent article in the Wired Epicenter blog makes some interesting points, but it is completely off base with it’s 5 reasons…
1. There are plenty of third-party places that keep up with your reading, so you don’t forget what you started. Just one example is Goodreads, where, in your profile, you can list books in progress and how much progress you’ve made on them. For me, just seeing my Kindle on my desk is enough to remind me that I have plenty of reading to do.
2. Maybe this point comes from the app-bound world of iPad and smartphones, but I have all my books in not one, but two places: my Calibre library and my Kindle. The Kindle has enough storage to keep a truly ridiculous library bigger than you will ever read in your lifetime. And the point made here about being tied to a single company with a reader is just wrong. There are plenty of sources for ebooks, and non-DRM’d ebooks are a click away from whatever reader you use with Calibre and other format converters.
3. Kindle lets me share highlights and notes in a standard way on kindle.amazon.com. It almost seems like the Wired writer here has never even used Kindle software on their iPad. Sure, I wouldn’t want to type anything very lengthy on the Kindle keyboard, but how long do notes in a book’s margin typically get anyway. The Kindle thumb-button keyboard is more than sufficient for brief notes.
4. E-books are only costly if you only ever buy from the big publishers and you only buy them brand new. Typically by the time a mass market paperback is out, publishers will reduce the eBook price to be in line with that of a paperback. And while the lending features of the Kindle are severely limited, it definitely is possible to loan most books you can buy for Kindle. The point about ebooks not being social is nonsense, just because the item itself isn’t easily sharable doesn’t mean devalue sites like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or even message boards like KindleBoards.
5. I’ll give the writer this point: you can’t decorate your house with ebooks. I find that argument about as compelling as the “smell of paper” argument he dismisses at the beginning of the piece.
Wired, if you’re going to have someone write a bunch of stuff about eBooks, you ought to pick someone who has a little more experience with ebooks, ereaders, and the internet culture of ebooks and independent authors.
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