Pick a Number

01 Dec

Any Number.
I choose 3. Why?
It is the number of computers I’ve killed since starting my writing career.
It is the number of times my smart phone has had to be reset.
It is the number of times I tried, and failed, to write a new post. Fingers crossed that none of those increase to four.

I don’t try to kill my electronic devices, but it seems to happen anyway. I’m doomed when the world switches entirely to ebooks.

How do you feel about ebooks?


Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Publishing


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4 responses to “Pick a Number

  1. Lorna Hollifield

    December 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I feel like e-books don’t smell like libraries, don’t make that fun little fan sound when the pages turn, and don’t show the wear and tear of a freshly finished book. They are travesties!

  2. Mary

    December 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

    While I miss the smell of ink, the feel of the cover, the act of turning the pages, I LOVE ebooks. There have been a ton of times when I have been on a trip or am waiting in line and I have run out of printed reading material (or forgotten my book at home); I’ve been able to turn on my ipad and read a book. I’ve read 4 more books this year than I would have otherwise because of ebooks. Ebooks are also a practical alternative to printed textbooks. I remember carrying two backpacks in law school for all of those textbooks. Downloading them to an ereader would have made my commute between work, school and home SO much easier. And it has helped book prize committees at my job: authors/publishers nominate books for book prizes and committee members have to read them all. A few of them download the nominated books to their ereaders instead of having to carry 50+ books around with them over the summer/on their travels.

    (I count the number of books I read a year, and include ebooks in the count. But I wonder about books on tape. Should I be counting those?)

    • cocoanqueso

      December 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      It is nice to read the benefits from an experienced ebook reader. Maybe the practicality and convenience is why they’re catching on. As for books on tape, I say count them.


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