Some of the benefits of eBook readers are:
- The ability to carry a near unlimited amount of books around
- The sharp E-Ink screen, which reads like a real book (so you don’t get eye fatigue and you can read under any environment)
- The long battery life (most eBook readers can get over 2 weeks of use)
- The ability to purchase books from the device (available on the Kindle, Nook, Bebook Neo for example)
- The ability to load up any pdf, pre purchased eBook, or document into the device for reading later
- The compact form factor
- Prices of readers are starting to drop considerably.
Once eBooks enter the mainstream, if they already haven't, the will allow publishers to bring back long of print books with only a fraction of the investment needed for physical books. This, in theory, should allow mid range genre fiction such as westerns, crime, thrillers, horror and adventure to be once again available in the numbers they once were. One interesting aspect of the eBook revolution is the boom in sales for erotic fiction - maybe readers who were too embarrassed to buy these lewdly covered paperbacks in the shops, enjoy the privacy of pressing the download button and seconds later the book is on their device.
And of course those who think eBooks are new are wrong - eBooks have been around for years but it is only the introduction of eReaders that has made the format truly portable. They can be read on your computer screen but you can't really relax on the beach with a laptop, with eReaders you can and they weigh nothing to carry about in a bag or pocket. It also doesn't take the destruction of trees to make an eBook and the power needed to consume them, particularly on eReaders, is minimal.
E-books have numerous benefits. Eliminating paper saves resources. E-book readers take up little room in travelers' backpacks and purses, and yet can store the equivalent of a whole bookshelf. You don't have to go anywhere to buy or borrow an e-book title. For the vision-impaired, the ability to adjust font size can mean the difference between being able to read a book and having to hope that the publisher will eventually release an audio version. Some e-book readers double as music players, and some even have a speech capability for reading books aloud.
So maybe it's time to take the plunge - eBooks are here to stay.