Hard copy vs. eCopy

When the first eReader was released, I vowed I would NEVER support the whole digital publishing craze. As a writer, I’ve always said that I want people to not only buy my book, but touch it, hold it in their hands, smell its pages, physically flip through it. I always imagined my book wrinkled and stained, maybe missing a few pages on someone’s bookshelf, because they’ve read it so many times and each page still holds the scars of that person’s experience with it. 

However, since the rise of the eReader, the chances of this happening are growing slimmer and slimmer. I truly believe that there will always be people who prefer a physical book over a device, but let’s not kid ourselves and say that the number of people who prefer the opposite is rising rapidly. 

I, personally, have developed a love-hate relationship with the eReader. I still feel strongly about having people buy my physical book, as whenever I can, I also stick to buying physical books. But there are always those days when I don’t have time to run to store, or even worse, I just don’t feel like it, and it’s nice to be able to just grab my phone or my iPad and have the book instantly. Seeing as much as I travel and move around, it’s also a lot more convenient. Once I have a book, I want it forever, & I tend to acquire a lot over short periods of time, so when it comes time to lug them all around it ends up being a huge pain in my ass.

On the other hand, one of the best feelings is adding a book I’ve just finished reading to my shelf, and watching it grow. It’s really scary to think the book may end up like the VHS. Barnes & Noble, Blockbuster?


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