In this month’s open book stuff thread, I mentioned the antitrust lawsuit the Justice Department has brought against Apple. Apple is accused of conspiring with a handful of publishers to fix e-book prices as it tries to break into the e-reader market.
I don’t own an e-reader or a tablet; like a lot of people, I like how books feel in my hands, how they smell, how they look in colorful rows on my shelves (and I’m afraid I’d break the thing in 24 hours). But when I think of e-readers, the first name that springs to mind is the Kindle, followed by the Nook. Those are the brands my friends and family use. Popular as Apple products are, it’s hard to imagine the company breaking past Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
I’ve yet to meet anyone who regrets buying an e-reader. The users I know rave about how portable and convenient they are, and that you can get books so cheaply. A copy of “Inferno” by Dan Brown costs $12.99 for the Kindle; the hardcover will set you back $17.15, down from the retail price of a whopping $29.95. Barnes and Nobel is selling the e-book for the same price and the hardcover is just a few cents more. (But you can get the hardcover for free on the blog.) An e-reader is a wise investment, because it will save you money in the long run. Plus, you can find older books for just a few dollars, and many self-published authors offer their books for free. A few people have recommended such free or almost free e-books.
Me, I’m going to wait until I’ve gone through all the unread books here at home before I think about buying an e-reader. No sense buying the electronic version when the paper version is right here. But when I am ready for it, which e-reader would you recommend I buy? If you use Apple to read electronic books, has the lawsuit affected your view of the company or use of the product?