It’s sad. It’s over. We started out so happy and in love. Like many other people I was an early adopter of the e-reader and I was madly in love.
Then things started to sour. It started out just to be little things. The pricing has always bothered me and I started stepping out and buying physical books. I admitted to myself that we were taking a break. Now, I will tell you, we are through. I’ve tried to work it out, but he just won’t change. In my legal papers these are the four reasons I am leaving him and going back to my first love: Real, physical books.
1. I hate it that I can’t skip around the e-book easily. As somebody who likes to look back at notes or check out the book questions there just isn’t enough freedom to skip around.
2. The prices are too high. I buy about 10 books a month and the hard back book on a newer release is sometimes only one DOLLAR more than the e-book. That makes NO sense.
3. You can’t share books easily enough. I have a small group of friends that have similiar book tastes and we are constantly passing books around. Why isn’t it easier for me to share my book? And some of you hard core techies might say it IS possible, but surely it isn’t easy and if it’s for only 14 days that just doesn’t count.
4. I like having my books around me. I am not a hoarder of anything but books. I thought I could get past it, but it turns out it THIS is my tipping point. I am buying a new book shelf this weekend.
I want to publicly apologize to my e-reader. I loved you, I did. I may come back to you someday. But you’ve got to change. Until then, I will surround myself with old paper books, carry them around in my purse and flip paper pages with my finger.