The poll I have been conducting for the past few weeks mines a bit deeper and has a few more respondents.
24% of the respondents have bought no e-books, so presumably most of them have either not purchased an e-reader or have abandoned using it.
But a whopping 64% have purchased more than 5 e-books in the last 6 months, with some commenting that they were surprised the poll hadn't "tested" more than 5. (the post connected to the poll is here)
I read about 1 e-book in every 2 books.
- "I am totally hooked to my Kindle. While it was a slow conversion (about 4 years) I just recently have read solely off my Kindle."
- "I probably purchased more than five each month. I am an e-book-aholic. In fact, I don't buy any paper books anymore."
- "I may have already told you that I read my ebooks only at bedtime for ease of holding." (although this person says she still buys more paper books than e-books)
- "I was surprised that your survey only went up to five. I would say I have read 30-50 ebooks in the last six months"
- " I try not to buy any paper book if it's available in electronic format."
- "I generally alternate, a print book then an ebook, its just the way my schedule works."
Let's start with Joe Barone's list (see comments in the poll here)
- (1) Availability. I can download them in two minutes or so;
- (2) The opportunity to enlarge the type. I have regular old people's eyes with growing cataracts which don't yet need surgery. Easily making the type larger is a real blessing; and
- (3) Affordability. I buy few ebooks that cost more than $9.99.
- They make books available which might not otherwise be available.
- I read my ebooks only at bedtime for ease of holding
- ease of instant purchase: I buy my e-book online and I have it on my Kindle only minutes later.
- if I want to re-read a book, my Amazon library is always available. (although I think taking an occasional backup of the files on your Kindle may be a good idea)
- when travelling I can take my library of several hundred books with me.
- but I don't have to be travelling: my Kindle fits beautifully into my shoulder bag for use in the doctor's surgery etc.
- or I can read on the app on my mobile phone (although it does drain the battery big-time, nor would it be my preferred method of reading)
- people who want me to review a book can send me a Kindle file as an e-mail attachment. That's much much cheaper than postage to Australia.
- Like many of my friends who have e-readers I am convinced that I read e-books faster, probably because, like Joe, I am appreciative of the option to re-size the text.
- I often mark text that I wish to remember for any review I write. On the Kindle I can download those highlighted bits to my computer as a text file.
- I can put the books on my Kindle into categories and it helps me choose what to read next)
- I can synchronise my e-reading across my Kindle, phone app, and husband's iPad, and move "seamlessly" from one to the other, picking up the book on one device where I left it on the other device.
- I can listen to my e-book if I want to - most Kindle books have text to audio. Admittedly it is a computerised voice, but I can also attach it to a speaker system so I can listen while ironing etc.
Oh yes, I'm hooked.