Print or Digital in a Fickle World
Here's the question of the day. How do you prefer to read your books? In print or digital format?
For the last three years I've been an e-published author, which means, the bulk of my work is published in digital format. Surprisingly, through all those years, it's still a fight to get readers (and even other authors) to recognize I am a legitimate author who writes legitimate books. Yes, I do have books that have gone into print, but sometimes selling those books is more difficult than their digital counterparts.
To me, it doesn't matter which medium a book is presented on. A book is a book. Period. However, I must say that ever since I got a Sony e-reader, I almost exclusively buy digital format books. Why? Digital books don't take up space in my house. They don't collect dust. I don’t have to reorganize book shelves. I don't have to haul them anywhere when I don't want them anymore. Heck, Goodwill won't take boxes of books anymore in most cases because they can't unload them. Not to mention that buying a book in print is oftentimes way more expensive than its digital counterpart. With my e-reader, if I didn't like the book or didn't finish it, deleting it is just a click away instead of having to find a place for it until it can be donated in print format.
Also, the ability to take dozens of books with me wherever I go on the e-reader has huge appeal. I can read a book to match my mood.
To me, it's the words in that book that matter, not the need to "feel" or “smell” a book. And since I am part of the "e" movement, the bulk of my book buying is to support other "e" authors. Rarely do I ever buy a NYT best seller. I'm interested in the new talent.
So, what about you? Does it matter or do you have a hard and fast preference? And if you do, why?