By now, everyone either owns or is privy to e-readers, such as the Kindle. It is a wireless, portable electronic book reader. It was developed by Amazon.com and contains a software, hardware and network platform. It gives users the ability to show, search, download, and read various media in electronic form (books, newspapers, magazines, and other digital forms). Its size is small and lightweight making it easy to transport with you wherever you go.
While hesitant to purchase an electronic reader, at times one becomes curious as to the full realm of functions and capabilities it possesses. Many friends and family boast of its many benefits, especially how much quicker and easier it is to obtain and read a book. It is easier to carry and transfer, and gives you the ability at any time to continue reading a story where you left off when you have a few moments to spare.
It is understood that you are able to find numerous electronic books on an e-reader; however, what must not transpire is the obliteration of books. Books must continue to be published to maintain a record of our culture for historical and artistic purposes.
Many devout readers of books thrive on the ability to enter a bookstore and to smell and place a book directly in their hand. While not completely opposed to electronic reading devices, the transition will be hard for many people to accept. Things are never static. Lifestyles and technology are constantly changing; therefore, complete conversion is eventually bound to occur.
Until that actually happens, many people will continue to purchase their books much more cheaply at several of the used book stores. Not only are the books at significantly reduced prices, you earn credit towards future purchases, for example, The Book Rack, located in Bettendorf. One can basically keep his or her home library full of books that only cost $2.00 to $3.00 a piece. That is less costly than purchasing an e-reader and associated books at this point in time. Some people still obtain books from garage sales at an even greater price reduction, while others will go to the public library for their books.
Some readers are probably considered old fashioned and fighting change. That very well may be true, yet they continue to enjoy and reap the benefits you get anywhere from holding and smelling a book to significant cost savings!!!
The debate goes on whether the e-reader is a good or bad investment for our future. Readers against these electronic devices keep waiting for other facts, thoughts and opinions that may make the transition to this electronic device easier and more comfortable. Until convinced otherwise or basically having to make this change due to necessity, many readers will remain forever faithful to reading the physical book.
Transitioning to this technology can be made easier through educating oneself on the available e-readers currently on the market. Those in opposition should work towards that goal by visiting our Davenport community book stores and other Quad-City retailers that sell this technology. You can also go to the following web site to view the 2011 e-book reader comparison chart: http://www.wireless-reading-device.net/ebook-reader-comparison-chart.