I read entire novels on my cellphone. My handbag is lighter. Will I buy the Kindle? I think I will wait for more ebook reader innovation. I would like to be a one device person. Another device, another charger, another handbag for another device is too much for me to worry about.
Do I like ebooks? Yes, very much. Its doesn't have the old world charm of a paperback, but its the way forward. Will I stop browsing aisles and stop smelling old second hand books at bookstores? No. I will never step away from that luxury.
Where does the public library come into all this? I have never thought of a public library and the system of borrowing as a monetary decision. I think most people want to read recycled books than pirated books. And its a trend that should be encouraged. I look at public libraries as research centers. I am amazed that very few public libraries offer broadband! In any case public libraries are for people who want to research or browse or read on a whim. Not just students alone. So why not marry technology with a public initiative. I will retain my public library card.
Where does the magazine industry go from here? I want magazines to be digital. I want to read them on my device--ebook reader/phone/iTouch/netbook. With Issuu in picture, a lot of free magazines are going to be available. A lot of good content will be free and easy to browse. We have already see record signing amounts being paid to Justin Bieber who began his career by uploading a video to Youtube. I wont be surprised if the next Pulitzer Winner or the next J.K.Rowling begin their journey due to a blogpost or an Issuu publication. There will be no excuse for good content and the crowds will decide who they like/dislike.
I just hope my favourite publications don't miss the bus. Its about content versus platform. And with so much good quality free content I might just choose a better reading platform.