Thursday, June 2, 2011

Instant e-book gratification

or should I say, gratifiction?

The top shelves of my overstuffed bookcase

A few days ago, I read a post on SCBWI-LA regional advisor Sarah Laurenson's blog, Short Stuff, in which she mentioned opting for a paperback over the instant gratification of an e-book. As a Kindle owner, this resonated with me. I love the convenience and immediacy of adding to my Kindle library -- but I'm torn. 

I started typing a comment on Sarah's blog about the instant gratification of e-books, and I made a punny slip. I left out one letter -- typing instant gratifiction instead. Presto! I inadvertently coined a new term. Maybe Amazon would be interested in using it for a future marketing campaign. If so, I'm copyrighting the word right here. 

As for my embrace of the Kindle, I was an early adapter, but I'm not a total e-book convert. I love the Kindle for fluff -- disposable fiction like beach reading, as well as books on, and suitable for, travel. It's also wonderful for scripts and manuscripts that haven't been published yet. 

Still, there are certain books I want to possess in the conventional format -- especially books that are illustrated, beautifully designed or have a graphic component, but also classics and books of importance that demand a place on a physical bookshelf. Granted, I have several boxes of books in storage because of space constraints, and my bookcase is overflowing, (see above) but I still want more. 

Do you have an e-book library? If so, do you still buy traditional books? Why or why not?

I'm happy to announce the winner of last week's book giveaway. Sharon Mayhew will soon receive her own copy of Mockingbird, signed by author Kathryn Eskine. Congratulations, Sharon, and thank you Kathy!

In other news, I'm delighted to be featured artist in the Summer issue of the SCBWI Regions of Southern California newsletter, Kite Tales (see page 29).

P.S. Guess what? At last count, On Beyond Words & Pictures has 99 followers. Thank you everyone! The 100th follower gets a prize, most likely in the form of a conventional book. More on that soon...


Barbara Watson said...

Instant Gratifiction - that's perfect! Unbelievably, I haven't purchased any kind of e-reader. I'm sure I will get one someday, but I'm still an avid library girl (and if they don't have the book I want, they'll order it in for me). Saves me money, and with two kids who read ALL THE TIME as well, I'm not sure I could afford all the books we need/want. But, like you, I still purchase the books I love, usually after reading library copies first. And the books I buy are hardcovers because they will be reread and reread, by me and my kids. My daughter is saving money right now for a Kindle though.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

LOL! Instant gratifiction...

I don't have an ereader. I really enjoy the process of going to the bookstore and looking at all the books. I've asked my 15 year old if she wanted one, but she doesn't.

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

I hereby copyright the word, "Zel#hicirzzy."

Pssst...if you looking for a good e-time, visit The Wooden Men eBook: LUPE FERNANDEZ: Kindle Store

Susan B James said...

I own the Wooden Men. I had downloaded the free Kindle app for my PC and it was the first book I bought for my ipad.
Since the three books I have published are both ebooks and PODs, I had quite a few books by the same publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, on my PC. But I never though about buying a reader. Now that I have been gifted with an ipad, I transferred them all over and I like it! I plan to add to the collection.

Angela Scott said...

Sweet! I think I'm 100.

I own a kindle and love it. It's convenient and portable. I love instant gratifiction :). BUT, I also buy books in paperback form all the time--especially books I plan to keep and use as reference.

The reason I went to Kindle is because of my limited space. Once I buy a book, I have a hard time giving it away. I have bookshelves full of books. My dresser and desk are covered in them and so the Kindle makes it easier for storage purposes.

I truly believe books will start going more the way of the ebooks. Look how cassette tapes disappeared and now CD's are fading away into MP3 downloads. Books will always be here, but ebooks will skyrocket.

That's the way with technology.

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

Thanks for commenting everyone. I've always loved going to the library too, Barbara, but some books are irresistible. You just have to have them.

I agree with you Sharon -- a bookstore is like a haven.

This is a debate that will be around for quite a while.

Pssst, Lupe and Susan, I downloaded The Wooden Men e-book on my Kindle a while ago and I'm looking forward to reading it. It's in my ever growing backlog of books-to-be-read.

What a huge milestone for my blog. Thanks so much Angela, for being my 100th follower!

Kenda Turner said...

I'm not a Kindle owner yet--but getting closer, especially, like you, when it comes to travel. But really, I want a hands-on book most of the time. Oh, and I love the phrase "instant gratification" too. You watch, that will show up somewhere along the line and people will wonder where it came from!

Thanks for the recent comment over at my place. And congratulations on reaching 100 followers. Looks like I'm #103 :-)

Kenda Turner said...

p.s. of course I meant to type "instant gratifiction"--the spellcheck in my head must have tried to kick in there :-)