What I learned about emachines and ebooks: Time to catch up with technology

Technology is affecting our lives in so many way. It’s even influencing the way we read books and magazines.  Now we can view them through Ipads, Kindles, Nooks, and various emachines.

Barnes & Noble bookseller, Melissa Vicks, demonstrated the Nook to me.

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She went from the simple to the more complex.  If you just want to read a novel, get the simple touch. If you want to read magazines,  play games,  search the internet, play music, get the HD Tablet that is coming out in November.

People like the immediacy of downloading an ebook, and the ability to carry around their personal libraries in their backpack or purse. It’s a money saver too. Ebooks are more inexpensive than traditional books.

Ebooks are here to stay

There is no doubt that ebooks are here to stay. Whether they will take over in 10 years or even earlier is debatable. Steve Haber, President of Sony’s digital reading division said, “ Within five years there will be more digital content sold than physical content.”

Traditional books as well as self-published books are using the ebook format. You can find almost anything Barnes & Noble offers at their bookstore in ebook form. The price is a little less. (In some cases only by a few dollars.) One of the largest competitors for the Nook is the Kindle put out by Amazon.

There are a myriad of sites that will help you investigate both emachines and ebooks. Here’s one: http://www.ebookreadersreview.co.uk/guides/best-places-to-get-ebooks/

How do ebooks impact libraries?

Libraries have embraced the new technology. “ You can download the book on our website, and get it right away,” says Laura Snell, Media Relations Manager of the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Libraries. Snell doesn’t think print books are going to go away in 10 years. She acknowledges that circulation for ebooks is increasing.

A problem the libraries are experiencing is with the book publishers. “ Even when they sell a book to us, prices are ridiculously inflated. When they deny libraries access, we’re denying the public,” said Snell. A Bexley librarian, Mandy, had the same complaints. “The publishers just don’t want the library to be loaning out ebooks. That’s why they’re charging us so much money!”

Snell added, “ It is better technology and it’s growing. Television took over the radio, and the radio is still around, but different.

Are Ebooks for everyone?

There are still some diehard traditional book readers who won’t consider reading an ebook.  They like the smell, feel, and beauty of their books

Many ebook readers rave about their devices and ebook experience.  “I love my Kindle…. I order all my books from the library so it doesn’t really cost any money. What I love about it the most is the ability to increase the font size so I don’t have to read with my glasses. The old Kindle has been one of the best purchases of my life” said Kelly De Castro Budros.

What’s your recommendation? Are you going to hold onto traditional books or enter the world of technology. Is there a brand you really like?

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2 thoughts on “What I learned about emachines and ebooks: Time to catch up with technology

  1. As you know, I’m in love with my Kindle. I downloaded 2 travel guides (Lonely Planet and Rick Steve’s Eastern Europe) for my recent trip to Eastern Europe to my Kindle. This at reduced cost for physical books. While in Poland, I downloaded Madeleine Albright’s book, Prague Winter, in less than 10 seconds with no added costs. It was great to be able to carry all this in an 8 oz. device (that I carried in my fanny pack) that I could refer to throughout my trip (including the 14 hour plane ride from Frankfurt)!

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