For most of my working life, I have earned a paycheck from the printed word. When I was an undergraduate in college I was a reporter for local newspapers. My first job out of college was as a book editor, and that opened up a whole new world to me in which I have written, edited, copyedited, reviewed, and indexed books. I now teach others how to write, and I continue to write on my own.
It seems that for as long as Ive been in the publishing world, I have heard whispered warnings about the downfall of the industry due to the development and arrival of electronic readers. Most of the intellectual purists with whom I worked visibly recoiled at the mere mention of purchasing an e-reader. Go to your local bookstore or java joint and it wont be long before you find someone touting the exquisite beauty of the printed book.
I have recently decided to jump ship and dive into the world of e-readers. Yes, Im biting the hand that has fed me for so many years, and I will carry the guilt around with me until all of my publishing work dribbles away, drop by drop. Although, this decision wasnt made lightly. I had to take baby steps in order to arrive at my decision. Below are the steps that have led me to e-reader righteousness:
Yes, I admit to and embrace my nerdiness, and a nerd has her needs. Does this mean that I do not obsess over and covet books like I always have? I have seven bookshelves that currently line my office and my collection is growing. There will always be books that I want to have in my collection, and a digital file will never fulfill that need. This is how I know that true lovers of literature have enough room in their hearts for both printed and electronic books. Does a mother love her one child any more than the other? No …she may love each one for the unique qualities he or she has, but she has more than enough love in her heart for both. Now which e-reader will I select? That will be another post …
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