“We should not see print and electronic literature as in competition, but rather in conversation. The more voices that join in, the richer the dialogue is likely to be.”
–N. Katherine Hayles
Today Fated is now available in electronic format…Kindle, Nook, Sony and the rest. I am so excited about this…having not found out until last month that e-book was a possibility. There seems to be a great debate going on whether or not e-books will completely replace print books.
I don’t think so.
Keep in mind, this is just my opinion. But I like the feel, smell, idea of a print book as well as being able to browse in a book store. Yeah, Borders just filed for bankruptcy protection. But that’s to reorganize (like GM) not disappear. And Barnes and Noble seems to be doing well. I do think that the e-book market will continue to build. In fact, a couple of my favorite authors are in e-format only. You can bet I buy their books.
I like a book on a plane…especially during take-off. To escape the idea of take-off actually. And I can’t turn on my Kindle until we level off. So yeah, I’m happy to have a print book.
My print book collection will continue to grow. As will my e-book collection. And I don’t think I’m alone here.
BTW – N. Katherine Hayles is a literary critic and professor at Duke.