As a writer, I love the feeling of having a freshly printed book arrive at my door. I took advantage of Lulu’s freeby day and used my mother and aunt’s account and ordered about 5 copies of my book: The full version (all 276 pages) in print with their Eco-Paper (which I just LOVE, except for the page count), a Hardcover version with a different cover (again, the full version), a colored Saddle-Stitch Editon (the 50 page chapbook version), and a revised version of the Saddle Stitch edition…but in Hardcover. All of them were separate orders made over the course of two weeks. But there is one thing that I, and Lulu, fear: The dawn of the E-Reader.
Those little guys are a menace to Old School book lovers like me, but they are a life saver to the Digital Age people. I saw on the news that Borders closed because they failed to recognize Prince Kindle as their overlord. When my aunt and I flocked to Border’s closing sale, I saw tons of people buying stack-loads of books. I picked up a 160 page Hardcover poetry book and guess what? It was $16.00. How can they buy stackloads of books when they weren’t even half off? The economy isn’t suffering that bad if people can afford to buy seven paperbacks and four hardbacks. My mom only gets $600 dollars a month, but it’s not even that much because of bills, the Christmas Club (they take $50 every month), and my $30 a-month-allowance (which I haven’t gotten in 3 months). E-Readers are only $160, and books are $10. BUT the materials used for e-readers will be unavailable if anything happens to its source, whereas Printed books rely on paper that comes from trees. If people stopped farming forests for building houses, I’m sure the price of books would go back down.
The reason I won’t buy an E-Reader is because:
*I like bending a paperback book
*I like saddle-stitched chapbooks
*I like flipping through pages
*I like the front cover and the back cover of books, especially glossy paper
On the other hand, Here is a reason why I hate
books Most Books:
*They’re novels. I don’t like novels. I like only a few novels.
*They’re Tomes. I hate tomes (the only tome I read was Harry Potter #7. Two words: NEVER AGAIN).
*It seems only novels get artistic and pretty covers. Most of the poetry books I’ve seen don’t have nice covers
*They bore me
Now, that wasn’t long to read, was it? Here is what I like about E-Readers:
*They’re portable, black devices with smooth backs
*They look nice
And here’s what I like about chapbooks:
*They are short, perfectly suitable for me
*They pack a punch
*Some of them have pretty covers
*You can do a lot with them: you can experiment, make limited editions, put goodies with them, bind them yourself, add extras, sell them on eBay, enter a contest in hopes of yours getting published as a chapbook
And here’s what I hate about them:
Why I won’t buy an E-Reader:
*I like seeing my book printed. I like seeing it’s spine on my desk. i like flipping through it to see what I wrote. You can’t look at its spine on an e-reader, you can’t admire it’s color cover on an e-reader, you can’t say GOOD JOB when all you do is click “Publish” and download the PDF. If it’s in print, I can design it, add special fonts, and say GOOD JOB when it arrives in print form
Do you catch my drift? I like the gratification from a printed book. HOWEVER, I do believe Kindles belong in school. I like seeing no page count for a text book. Sorry this post has been so long. For a seventeen-year-old, I have too much time on my hands 🙂 but that’s a good thing.