I did it. I finally did it. I finally broke down and bought a Kindle. I looked at other eReaders but finally decided on the Kindle, which is unarguably the most popular eReader out there.
Why did I do it? I have nothing against eBooks, mind you. I think they are great and folks who have eReaders love them for their portability plus ability to carry around so many books at once. Also, eBooks are much more economical to buy than print books. I can relate to that. What I don’t care for, are the proclamations of the young whippersnappers who declare that print publishing is dead. Nothing is a good substitute for a real, live, hold in your hand, page turning book.
When I prepared 5 Acres & A Dream The Book for publication, I researched doing it in a mobi format as well as print. I learned that for as many photos and diagrams as I have, mobi was not a good option. Still, for personal use, what argument could I find for not having a Kindle? I was running into too many good free and discount offers for books I’d like to read. I started to consider it.
Also I was curious as to how 5 Acres & A Dream The Book would actually look on an eReader. How bad could it be? I have a pdf copy (downloaded from CreateSpace in an effort to convince me to make an eBook edition available too). I can convert this to mobi with Calibre.
Now my mind is wondering about ePublishing, even though 5 Acres The Book is not an option. I doubt that Critter Tales, my work in progress, would be a good candidate either, for the same reason. But, another book on my list of possibilities is a how-to type book, maybe, The Little Book of Homestead How-Tos. Possibly I could write these as stand-alone pieces, each as an eBook, although many of my how-tos rely heavily on photos. The collection could be published in paperback. Something to think about perhaps?
Of the Kindle itself, yes, I do like it. But you know what? I still like hard copy paper books better.