I wrote last month a couple of posts on the problem with eBooks. Both covered a couple of points, thefirst focused on the prices and features of eBooks while thesecond focused on dealing with existing book collections, what I call the Reread Dilemma, and a potential way to convert collections from paper into digital.
Both posts received a healthy amount of comments. I wanted to address some of those thoughts here, as well as refer to several items out in the ether talking about this very topic. Not to mention, I got to spend some quality time trying out eBooks.
Recently, I acquired a Galaxy Tab. It is pretty nice. I quickly downloaded an eBook reader application that seems to work okay. (Recommendations for apps are welcome!) I then put a few public domain books on the device and spent some time reading. I then focused on one book of which I also had a paper copy, 600+ pages, allowing me to compare compare the experience.
It was nice to have the tablet and then have the book as an application. As I was going to have my tablet with me anyway, not having to carry the book was a bonus. When I returned home, I found that I returned to my paper book, even when the tablet was handy. I didn’t have to worry about battery and flipping around in the book for that scene a few chapters back is much easier.