After rereading this post, I realized that it may have come off as me telling you why you shouldn't get an eReader. That is not the case.
In the past, I have heard people say that they will not buy an eReader, because eBooks are going to wipe out physical books completely. This is my take on that. I do not believe that physical books will ever be completely wiped out.
I apologize if this came off as me bashing the eReader. I'm not trying to do that. In fact, I've been looking into buying one.
Now, before some of you freak out and go, "ARE YOU NOT READING ANYMORE?" and all of that, let me just say this:
This is a rant. I am ranting about eReaders taking over and why I think that is total BS.
I am going to continue to read no matter what. Books are not going to cease to exist. That's total crap.
Now, with eReaders like the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo being released, many people have adopted the mindset that books will no longer be available in physical form. While I do think that eBooks are useful and handy, I think that they're a bit unnecessary. I certainly don't think that eBook are going to take over any time soon.
Look at it like this: While eReaders offer you the ability to be able to take several books with you, they do have their setbacks. Schools (At least, my school.) doesn't allow technology from home unless you turn them into the teacher. Now, while I haven't actually asked my teacher if they were allowed, I still don't think I'd bring an eReader to school. My school isn't the worst school, but it's certainly got it's problems. People have stolen books from lockers, among other personal items. It happens. Now, let's say I bring my shiny eReader to school, which most likely cost over 100 dollars (not counting however much I've spent on loading it with books.). What's going to be more tempting to steal: One book or an eReader loaded with several books, that will also allow you to get books for less?
This doesn't just speak for schools, either. I wouldn't want to wave my eReader around in public.
Let's say that books did all go to electronic format. Physical books are no longer made. You do realize that not everyone is going to be able to afford an eReader, correct? So what, these people just don't buy books anymore? Alright, then you lose profit. These people can't buy books, so you don't sell them books.
What about schools? Are schools going to have to buy eReaders for their classes just so they can read their textbooks? What if the school can't afford that? Do the kids just not get textbooks or novels?
Authors, how do you think that would affect you? It could go either way, you know. You could get lucky and then it would be easier for you to get published, because then it would all be on technology. Maybe it would be worse. Maybe then people wouldn't be able to access your book, because they don't own an eReader.
I personally don't think books will ever completely go to technology. It could be disastrous if they did. If the system crashed, then all books could be lost. If we lost the power to charge eReaders, then books would just have to go back to paper wouldn't they?
The only way I could understand books not being made any longer is if we had a shortage of trees. Even then, there's still recycled paper. Not to mention, if we have a shortage of trees, we're kind of going to have a shortage of air. As much as I love books, I think I'd be more worried about the air portion of the problem. No air, no life.
I've got other things to say here, but I don't want it to come off like I'm bashing on eReaders, so I'll shut up. Tell me, guys, what's your opinion on this?