Differing Perspectives on eBooks Adoption
October 17, 2013 | 12:24 pm
By Joanna Cabot
I have been pleased to see that eBooks are finally settling into society as the new normal—I am seeing them on the bus and subway almost daily (not just tablets, but e-ink devices) and almost everyone I talk to has one, at least within their household or extended family. It’s just so funny to me the way some people use them…
Exhibit A: The Book Fiend
I have a co-worker who is a book fiend; you would think the Kindle would be perfect for her, right? So why is she carting around a giant hardback novel every day in her backpack—along with the Kindle?
“I like to have two books with me all the time,” she tells me. That way, if I finish one, I have something else to read.”
I explained to her that she could have more than one book on the Kindle. She understood that. But she felt like she had to always have a paper backup too just in case…
Exhibit B: The Segregator
This person didn’t know that it was possible to sync amongst devices. She she had all the short story collections on the Kindle app in her phone for reading on the bus, all the series books on her iPad for reading at lunch and all the stand-alone novels on her e-ink Kindle for reading on vacation.
Even after I explained the cross-device synchronization, she still was not convinced and continued to segregate out the short stories onto a separate device so she could read them when she wanted to…
One of the appeals of ebooks, to me, is having all of them with me every time I want them. I feel like now that I am in, I am IN. I would never carry around a hardback with me to supplement my ereader, or wait to read a book I wanted until I had a certain device with me. But to each their own, I guess!