I'm flexible. I listen to vinyl, tapes, CD's and MP3's. I have a beta VCR, VHS VRC and DVD player. One thing you can not do is put an e-book on a shelf. I would rather have a book case full of books than a nice painting on the wall. I like to look at them and to have them there. I may read ebooks some day but I hope the regular books to not disappear in my lifetime.
And we don't have a free market so Enron and all that are invalid examples.
BUT ... and it's a big but ... when I see what sites like Ash Tree Press is offering as an e-book, either works that have been out of print for years if not decades, and works that were originally published in smallish editions, I think an e-book reader looks a lot more attractive.
I don't get where people come from saying they will never switch. I could care less what format it comes in as long as i get to actually read the book. Placing tactile sensations before cerebral thinking is for primitives.
I have loved books all my life. Yes the smell and feel of them as you read. That being said I have a Nook and I love it too. I read in my room at night and I see two rather large, overstuffed, overflowing bookcases. Getting to that middle aged mark I have this urge to cut down on some of the "stuff" in my life. So slowly I am trying to convert a lot of my books and give a lot away. My hardbacks will never go, but I just don't want the space taken up anymore. And I love reading on my Nook. I love laying in bed in the dark being able to read without bothering anyone. And as lazy as this sounds finishing one book and not having to get out of bed to find another I will never get rid of all my books, but I do realize that ebooks are the way of the future. In many ways that is sad. My great grandchildren will probably never go to a used bookstore, or spend hours trolling the shelves at the library. But reading is my greatest joy and I refuse to be left behind or miss out on something I love.
2. A gross oversimplification of a position with which you disagree.
3. A statement that, in tone and sentiment, is hardly necessary to convey the notion that you disagree - unless of course you want people to know how low of an opinion you have of them (i.e. a statement not germane to SFFWorld).
Well, that's a bigger risk than loaning a book ranging in price from $7.99 - $15.99, or even a hardcover. Plus, if your books are on the e-reader, that would leave you without the means to read something else. Until the readers come down in price, I wonder how many people would loan one.Also, you can easily loan an ebook by simply handing your Kindle over to a friend, just as you would hand your book over to that friend. So it's far from impossible.
Think of it as lending out a leather-bound limited edition book.
Or, think of it this way: if you send a friend a copy of an ebook file, you are doing the same thing legally as though you Xeroxed a whole book and handed the Xerox copy to your friend. Would you ever consider that such a thing would be legal? Probably not. But when you hand your friend your physical Kindle, it is legally the same as handing over the physical book. If you don't trust that friend with your Kindle, then you probably shouldn't trust em with your book either.