I took a Kindle on holiday for the first time this summer. This meant I didn't weigh the car down with my usual pile of books.
Sometimes after reading an e-book, I find I'd like the paperback as well. If I enjoy a novel, I want to put it on the bookcase and re-read it. As a writer, sometimes I like to flick through a novel to find examples of a certain kind of writing or to look at how chapters or scenes are structured. It's not the same doing this on a Kindle.
When I read the Stephen King book, 'On Writing' on my Kindle, (For more about this book, see post-Is it worth sharing a first draft in progress with a writing class?), I wished I had the paperback, so I could use post-it notes to mark pages I wanted to look at again.
I saw many tweets during July and August saying something along the lines of: 'I wish I had the e-book version of the paperbacks in my TBR (To Be Read) pile-as I want to take those books on holiday.'
So what's the answer? Wouldn't it be nice to have the paperback at home and the e-book version for train journeys and holidays?
I had to renew the anti-virus software for my computer recently. These days I get a code called a Product Key, which allows me to download the software onto three computers.
This made me think about buying both versions of a book. What if when you buy a paperback in a book shop, you could pay a bit extra for a code which allows you to download the book to your e-reader? Or what if you could buy the paperback at a discounted price if you've already bought the e-book?
Would this be a way of saving the paperback and book shops, which may decline if the growth of e-books continues? And would it mean more sales for authors?
What do you think? Have I been drinking too much coffee?
I'd be interested to read your comments on anything relating to the above.
More posts about e-books/Kindle:
Does downloading samples change the way we read?
How has the e-book changed being a reader and an unpublished writer?