Ebook Weekly: Ebook Reader Diary Entry #2
No. Actually, I only buy from Fictionwise. I used to also buy from ebooks.com when I was at the height of my frenzy, but that was quite a while ago. The only reason I never bought anything from epublishers is because this is the first I’ve heard about it. I found the other two places only by doing a search on Google (though ebooks.com wouldn’t have been too difficult to figure out!); epublishers doesn’t appear on the first few pages of search results.
My ebook interests are really sporadic, so I don’t really have a per-month estimate of how many I buy. Sometimes months go buy without a single purchase. Other times I’ll buy 6-10 at a time. It all depends on my mood.
I used to be really interested in Victorian literature and all the classics, so I stocked up on those first. Then I started buying literary and popular fiction, which is what I usually get these days. Once in a while I’ll buy something in the suspense genre. I’m easily scared, though, so I like mainstream fiction with more substance than fluff.
I haven’t done away with all the paperbooks acquired during and immediately following my college years, so I haven’t had the chance to miss them. I also have a number of hardcover paperbooks that I need for my editing business. I don’t think ebooks will ever be able to replace those, as there’s just something about flipping through an index in a style manual that can’t be duplicated by taps of a stylus.
What bugs me sometimes is that I can only read for as long as my battery lasts. This isn’t a problem on PDAs (I can go days without recharging), but my UX180P dies within about 2.5 hours. Very annoying if I’m reading a real page-turner. This annoyance doesn’t have anything to do with ebooks themselves, of course, but it’s my only complaint about the e-reading experience. It’s a weak one, though, as it would kind of be like saying I don’t like mp3s because my mp3 player suffers from poor battery life.
A better complaint is that I wish ebooks weren’t permanently tied to their specific formats. Why can’t there just be a universal format that all software can read? Being stuck to one format makes buying a new device difficult (and I love buying new gadgets!). For example, using Microsoft Reader renders all of my eReader books useless.
Instant gratification! I love that I can buy ebooks wherever I have an Internet connection and start reading immediately. And if I’ve never heard of a particular book before, I can read all the reviews or ratings often listed alongside the book title or I can just do a quick Google search. It’s so much better than driving to the book store, browsing the shelves, choosing something based on the book jacket, standing in line at the register, and driving home.
I want to thank Jenn again for stopping buy and answering some questions about her ebook reading habits. Anyone got good ideas of about Victorian literature?