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E-books for people without ereaders?

There’s been a lot of talk about Barry Eisler’s decision to self-publish his books. I’m not going to debate whether that’s a good idea or not. I don’t have enough data or knowledge to say one way or another. I have an iPad, so I can get my hands on a copy of his new books one way or another.

Chris’s dad, however, is a fan of Eisler’s and he doesn’t have an ereader. All he’s got is a generic flip phone. He’s been a fan of Eisler’s since we bought him that first paperback lo those many years ago. Every time a new book comes around, we buy him the new book either for his birthday or father’s day. Now I’m not so sure how we’re going to get him the new book. There won’t be a paper copy, which means that my father-in-law won’t be able to read the latest book.

I’m not sure there’s a good solution to this besides buying him an ereader, but would it be worth it? Would he really read from it? And is buying a device cost prohibitive? It seems expensive to buy a kindle at $139 so he can read one novel. The likelihood is that he’ll poopoo it all and stick to novelists who have paper copies of their works. He likes the feel of books. I can’t say that I blame him.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal


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Mar. 30th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Amazon has a free Kindle app that can be downloaded and installed on a computer, which would let him read the book that way if he chose.
Mar. 30th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
I forgot about that, but he's so not going to do that. He doesn't like sitting at his computer.
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Mar. 30th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that's likely. As Jim knows, paper books cost more to make than the e-books. I wish though!
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
I got a Kindle for xmas. I was thinking about it in terms of my romance novel habit - that I buy them, read them, get rid of them, because I don't have enough room to keep them. I actually love it. I still buy regular ppb and hardback books, but I buy authors I'm not sure of, or that only have ebooks, and the romance novels pretty much exclusively on the Kindle. And it's really convenient. Perhaps *too* convenient. It's really comfortable to read on, and easy on the eyes. My mom loves hers, too, and she's a book devourer of the same basic demographic as your FIL.

So it kind of depends on him. Does he travel? Is he a devoted reader in general? Then he might really love the Kindle, or another type of ereader. Have him try them out in a store, see what he thinks of them. Best Buy and places like that usually have 2 or 3 different kinds to look at.
Mar. 30th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'll ask him again when we see him this weekend. But he was totally against any of that last I talked to him. Maybe he'll change his mind once he sees that Eisler only has e-books for now.
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