Epic Pie Chart of E-book Severe Dislike, part 1
Posted December 17, 2010on:
Lovers of kindles, nooks, and other electronic e-reader devices may want to look away.
I give you the Epic Pie Chart of E-Book Severe Dislike!
Cue epic music!!! dun duuun DUN!
explanation after the jump.
e-book pricing: beyond the price of the gizmo, why am I paying for a bunch of pixels? the programming only has to be done once, it doesn’t take any additional resources, what value am I getting for mysix to fifteen bucks?
no page headers: might just be for specific books, but I have heard with electronic anthologies there are no page headers. Go back to the place you were at, and I really hope you remember what short story you were reading. Anyone have any experience with this?
electronic gizmo/learning curve: paper books don’t need to be plugged in, don’t need to be set up, don’t need an account, don’t need a battery or protective case. Other than learning to read, physical books don’t have a learning curve.
Library Schmibrary! can you take an e-book out of your library for your kindle or nook? I’ve noticed that audio books can sometimes be “taken out” of the library on i-pods and other Apple devices. I’m pretty proud of those 3 library cards in my wallet. I actually like browsing at the library and am very spoiled to have three libraries close to wear I live, one within walking distance!
the whole DRM thing: I could go on forever on this one, so let’s just leave it at if I buy something, I’m buying so I can fucking own it. Read it in any room in my house, or outside, or at work. Scribble all over the thing if I want. Lend it to a friend. Trade it in at the used bookstore. Throw it at the wall or in the trash if it really sucks. Donate it to Goodwill. Mail it to my cousin. Get it autographed and put it on e-bay. DRM isn’t friends with any of that stuff, so I don’t want to be friends with DRM. And from what I’ve heard e-readers don’t take well to being thrown across the room when the book you spend $10 on sucks ass-chunks.
This book sucked! How can I sell it? If you bought it for your e-reader I don’t think you can. Or better yet, if you switch devices I don’t think there is a way to transfer files from your first generation Kindle to the super sexy NookColor your mother-in-law just bought you. e-books are a little like cassette tapes. in 5 years everyone will be onto a newer, sexier device, and you’ll have to repurchase your entire collection.
I have really shitty eyesight: this might not apply to you. My shitty eyeballs don’t like electronic anything. what’s your contact lens prescription (cue 1-800 contacts commercial: “It’s on the side of the box!”)? I wear a +8 in one eye and a +9 in the other. maybe it’s the refresh rate, maybe it’s the depth perception thing, but these pathetic eyeballs really dislike electronic text. Which hopefully explains my lack of posting on other people’s blogs.
is this just a listing of the downsides of e-books and e-readers? It ain’t called the Epic Pie Chart of E-Book ambivalence, is it?
what you say? what’s the entire left side of my Epic Pie Chart of E-Book Severe Dislike? that my friend, is part two of this story! Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!!