Heading Full Throttle Into the World of E-Reading
Here is an interesting and very telling story for the publishing industry. According to Random House, the company has distributed hundreds of Sony e-book readers to its staff. The staff will use the readers to review and read manuscripts and other material in digital form. Stuart Applebaum from Random House said the company’s goal is to “eliminate altogether manuscript dispersal to our sales group by migrating this reading experience of many thousands of paper pages to the electronic reader ….”
So there you have it, a major book publisher heading full throttle into the world of e-reading. And why not? I have been an e-book reader for over a few years now, and it is a marvelous experience. I tell you this without any embarrassment whatsoever. It is easier, lighter and just as user-friendly or better as paper. I am currently and uncomfortably reading a paper version of a three-books-in-one tome. It is 990 pages. The type is small, and the book is heavy, unwieldy and cumbersome. Prior to this, in an electronic format, I read a similar multibook series of 1,600 pages. It fit in my shirt or jacket pocket, and was a breeze to carry and read anywhere at any time.
Yep, the only hard cased books I read now are the ones I can’t get in digital format. I wonder how long that will last?