Thursday, March 10, 2011

Advantages and disadvantages of ebooks

First, can I just say that I abhor some people's refusal to let go of the hyphenation in the word ebook?  Just like we now write email, and not E-mail as it used to be, it's ebook.  Hyphenation always goes away after a little while, once a new word has become commonplace (think to-morrow versus tomorrow) and I think it's past time that we stopped hyphenating words that start with the electronic e.

Anyway, that rant aside, I'd like to direct your attention to a lovely little article on the Read an eBook Week website: Advantages of eBooks.  Sara Rosso hits on many of the points I've made on this blog: convenience, space-saving, no driving or shipping required, etc.

On the other side, however, is this little rant about the evils of ebooks.  This guy doesn't like that the Kindle shares popular highlighted passages with other readers, but as some of the comments point out, he also neglects to mention that he could have opted out of that particular feature.  Besides, some people really like "social" reading like that, which explains why certain sites such as BookGlutton are so popular.  All I can say is, if you can turn that feature off, I don't see what the problem is.

What about you?  What do you think are the advantages and the disadvantages of ebooks?

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