Monday, March 1, 2010

What is with the ebook "hate"?

I am not talking about big publishers that have their heads well lodged up their you know what ... I am talking here about actual readers. What prompted this post was a Facebook group that I discovered, while I was checking if there was a Facebook group related to the official read an ebook day. The group in question is posted ... get a hold of this ... in the Internet & Technology - Software section of Facebook. It is titled: 1,000,000 strong against anything that resembles an ebook. Their statement: Books should not be placed on an iPod-like machine where all books can be downloaded or uploaded onto a single device where they can be read on a screen. Books need binding and pages and they should have new book smell. Books should not be electronic. End of story.

First of all, the group has a grand total of 39 members. So the 1,000,000 strong seems like wishful thinking... HUGE wishful thinking.

Second, why post that piece of utter ignorance in the Internet and Technology-Software section of Facebook.

Why do some people feel so threatened by books in electronic formats? Despite the fact that technology is changing everything, and the publishing industry has not been spared, I seriously doubt that books in electronic format will substitute printed books any time soon.

I guess it all comes down to the tendency to resist changes of any sort some people have ...