I have been a book lover since the third grade when I read my first sizable book. I remember it was a novelization of Disney’s “The Fox and the Hound” and it was a whopping two hundred pages long. I remember being proud to have read such a long book. Then in middle school I read “The Hobbit” and discovered Fantasy and Science Fiction. I became a voracious reader of the those genres. For much of my life there was nothing I liked better than to have a book in my hand and spend my time reading. I loved to go to the bookstore and wander through the isles looking for my next book. I have accumulated so many books over the years I was starting to drown in them. So after some thought I made the decision to get a Kindle and migrate some of my reading to it.
This has worked well for me over the past fifteen months. I think I have even saved money because there are a lot of sales on ebooks and I have read a bunch of self published authors whose books are usually only a couple of dollars at most. I have enjoyed the large selection and for the most part the reasonable pricing of Amazon’s ebooks.
Over the past year aside from buying a few books from my favorite authors in hardcover most of what I have bought have been ebooks on my Kindle. This trend accelerated once the Borders Books chain shutdown. Borders was my favorite bookstore and I was truly saddened to see them go out of business. Now that my primary bookstore is Amazon I either buy an ebook or I throw the book in my wish list as a way to keep track of it for possible purchase at a later time.
Unfortunately as my buying habits become common across the public it means the end of physical books. Even though I still buy some physical books the economics are against that publishing model. I fear that my kids will have a totally different reading experience than I have.