Amazon is justifiably trumpeting that it’s now selling more e-books for its Kindle than new hardcovers.
Amazon has been joined by Sony, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and soon, Sharp, in the e-reader business. And, of course, the competition has driven the price of a Kindle down $70 since I got mine just last January. (Timing, as always, is everything.)
I really like my Kindle. Almost as much as I still like walking into a bookstore and browsing. I don’t know blog reader and semi-regular contributor Wendy personally, but I happen to know through a shared acquaintance that she owns a bookstore, Turning Page, in Old Lyme. I hope Wendy and all the Wendys of the world who own small bookstores can survive the e-onslaught.
I’m trying to do my part by reading one book on my Kindle (over dinner at work, or even on the Kindle smartphone app), and an honest-to-goodness hard copy book at home.
That book, by the way, is called “You Had To Be There.” It’s written by regular blog contributor Terrence McCarthy. It’s about his transition from Hartford ad man to counselor in a psych ward in Western Massachusetts. Is there that big a difference? (I’ve known a lot of ad agency folks.) I’m finding out over a glass of wine every night.
The good news for the Wendys of the world is that I’m holding an actual book. The bad news is, I had to buy it on the internet.
The page is turning. More quickly than we could have imagined.