The poll question is inspired by a remark made by Australian crime fiction writer PD Martin who is a keynote speaker at Salisbury Writers' Festival in late August.
- She is speaking about e-books and their potential impact on writers and readers.
- "One in six Americans is an e-reader and
about 20% in Australia have reported buying an e-book in the last 6
When I was overseas recently I read books only from my Kindle. I had 40 books pre-loaded in readiness and read about half of them. (In actual fact I have over 500 books on my Kindle organised into 22 "Collections".)
In the last 2 weeks I've reverted to library books and, would you believe it, I'm having withdrawal symptoms?
A recent poll resulted in the post e-books holding steady led me to believe that in general the hype has gone out of the e-reader market, although a couple of commenters told me they have only just acquired an e-reader.
Some people however are now reading most of their books in e-format.
Indeed this year I have read 41 books on my Kindle out of a total of 80 books altogether. That is about half of all my reading.
So for people like me to say that I have bought more than 5 e-books this year is an under-statement.
In fact my Amazon account shows 90 purchases and that is without those I have acquired through Smashwords and NetGalley. (Some have been very cheap: either free or 99 cents, and in general I baulk at paying much more than $10)
So comment if you like about your e-book spending and reading.
Are you using your e-reader regularly now or are you having difficulty in finding a use for it?
Do you feel like confessing how many e-books you've actually bought this year, or how many you've actually read? Go ahead.