I’ve been trying hard to embrace ebooks, I really have.
And I will, as soon as I can, produce an ebook version of my second book, When No One Else Would Fly, the aviation history of my grandfather, Colonel C. J. Tippett.
And I just bought the latest book of my absolute favorite author, C. J. Cherryh, in ebook format.
The first time I misplaced my ereader charger, I was more than a little miffed.
Print books don’t shut down after four low battery warnings.
When I discovered that none of the other ereader chargers would work on the annoyingly exclusive Nook, I started to get very graphically miffed.
Print books don’t need hours of recharging whether or not one can find the right charger… despite having three other chargers available.
And then, a final straw….
My new favorite book from my new favorite author ended with a cliff hanger and I didn’t see it coming because I wasn’t holding the print book in my hand – and therefore seeing and feeling the upcoming end of the book. So I had reader whiplash.
Yes, I know I could have watched the page count at the bottom – but I didn’t.
I was busy trying to find my charger.
Schna! I felt very growly for the rest of the day.
So for all the discussions of ebook versus print book, I think that I will always produce and enjoy print books, no matter how much the marketplace proves ebooks worthy. I will make ebooks, and I will buy ebooks, but they will never fully replace print books in my world.