I’ve been ordering books from the book depository for a few years but now I have a tablet with a Kindle app and I find myself camped out at Amazon. I feel like I’m cheating on the book store (and the actual book) with a giant most hate right now and a format other’s loath with a passion bordering on obsession. As a soon to be published digital author, I know I (and everyone else with a pulse) has a right to buy up big and save time and money, but should we? With Barnes and Noble and Amazon in a fight for the monopoly, where should my loyalties lie? Amazon is going to help me sell books in the future but B&N and other book stores, like the Book Depository, offer me the books I’ve been collecting in series’ forever. I have a perfect set of Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori (if you haven’t read these and you love medieval fantasy Japan, you’re missing out!) I have all of Robin Hobb’s books and most of Ian Irvine’s, Raymond E Feist’s, Stephanie Lauren’s, and the list goes on. Should my conscience rest easy knowing I still buy paper and am helping in the livelihoods of book sellers, editors, publishers, authors, etc? Or should I just stop buying altogether and help them all over to (what I term affectionately) the dark side?
For so long before I submitted to Carina I toed and froed and couldn’t put my foot in either camp, then I decided I could have my feet in both camps but I’d never thought of it from a book buyer’s perspective, only an author’s. What do you think? Do you think ebooks are an inevitable way of the future? Do you think we can all live harmoniously and get along for the next thousand years or so? Or are you a tree hugging hippie who would love to see the end of the print book altogether? (not that electricity to run your tablet or computer does much for the environment either...)