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Carol

I was not avidly for eBooks either until I downloaded some Gutenberg press titles to my iPhone. Great for "emergency" reads. I don't know that I will purchase eBooks as I just...well, really like having the physical. Also, I'm slightly concerned about how easily they can be wiped or 'lost' as technology moves foward. At the moment I can still read my beloved print books from childhood....if they were eBooks, could the same be true in 20+ years?

Larry Creider

I won't be fond of e-books until 1) there is a common platform used by different readers so my choice of books is not further restricted 2) e-books are useful to scholars (cf. Jim O'Donnell's talk "A Scholar Gets a Kindle and Starts to Read" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clUNDS3xgb0), and 3) more of the books which I need and want to read are available via e-books.

John Lamberth

I got a Nook Color for Christmas, partly because I mistakenly thought I could get the Harry Potter books (Rowling refuses to release her books as authorized eBooks). I like it, although I still feel like there isn't a huge selection of stuff I'm interested in yet.
But, I'll definitely use it for fiction books that I don't care to own a physical copy. I just don't have room to keep adding so many books and I'd rather save physical space for rare books, 1st Editions of my favorite Authors, and good scholarly works on subjects I like. The Nook will be great for loading up with silly Star Wars novels and other books that are a fun read, but have little or no value otherwise.
Plus, some of the stuff that is public domain is nicely collected for cheap. I got the Complete Edgar Allen Poe for .99 and all of Twain's stuff for 2.99.
Of course, our library system is still trying to figure out all of the ereaders along with all of our patrons.
Meanwhile, I was under the impression that the Kindle isn't very keen to work with libraries. NetLibrary and Overdrive (that we use) don't work with Kindle as far as I know.

Carol

Also @John Lamberth, many of those are 'free' via Project Gutenberg. Do check them out, they house a huge respository of items.

Tim Spaulding at Library Thing has a related series going on:
http://www.librarything.com/blogs/thingology/2011/01/ebooks-the-downward-spiral-of-ownership-and-value/

Christine Schwartz

Hi Carol, Larry, John,

Thanks for the conversation. I took the plunge and bought a Nook this past weekend. I'm currently using it for reading computer books (work reading) on the train. So far, it's going well. It's kind of freeing to know that I don't have to choose between several heavy computer books for my daily commute.

I'm hopefully, that the E Ink display will be easier on the eyes than my Droid phone.

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