I have always loved books: the joy of a new book, spine unbent, virginal; or the musky smell of an old tome, the delight at finding someone's pencilled notes inside, written fifty years before.
I was convinced that I would never stray to the dark side and adopt the e-book, certain it would not be the same as holding a volume in my hand. But I have modified my opinion somewhat in the last few months.
I can hardly look down completely on the e-book now that my own work is being published in that format. E-books have given me the chance to break into the world of publishing and, because of them, I can call myself a real writer. However, I will still be hoping to move into the realm of print in the future because that it where my passion lies.
For me, this will be used for set purposes:
- Storing my own PDF's of my stories
- Buying and reading e-books by emerging writers like myself
- Reading ARCs from NetGalley
- Possibly when travelling
I joined NetGalley yesterday. As a 'professional reader' (thanks to my reviews on Suite101), I can apply for free ARC e-books, often ahead of the publication date. Two have already been approved and I look forward to reading them in the coming days.
So, now this 'print-only' girl has a foot in both worlds. I am enjoying the chance to move between the two formats, but I know I will never abandon print entirely. I'm far too old fashioned for that. My 1000+ print books are here to stay - now I just need a bigger house in which to store them all!!