So, word is out that very soon Barnes and Noble will have their own eBook Reader available for purchase. No news that I've heard as to price but there are plenty of rumors of various cool things it might do (although none of them include finishing WRITING my current WIP, so for now I'm holding back my unbridled enthusiasm).
Anyway, this news was of particular interest to me on the heels of Ninc last weekend where there was a LOT of talk about eBooks and what their growth means for authors. Right now, excuse me if I mentioned this already, people tossed out numbers of 1 to 5% of the total book market being E. But with expectations of that going up to 50% in the next five years.
And what does that potential growth depend in large part on?
An affordable eReader.
So, I'm curious. How cheap would be cheap enough to send you off to buy your own reader? And if price isn't your major holdup, what is?
For me actually it's the whole format thing. I don't want to buy a reader to find out six months later my books are obsolete or don't work on some new reader I want. I also don't like the no forward thing. I share books with my mom a lot. If I bought ebooks in any volume I would want to be able to continue to do this without feeling like a book pirate. Oh, and then there is the price of ebooks. I can't get over feeling an ebook should cost less than a normal book. And if I add that all together--possibility of books becoming obsolete, not being able to share them and them costing the same as a print book--I just can't see why I would want to buy a reader just yet.
How about you?