I like reading books. I read quite a lot of fiction, and some non-fiction including technical stuff in book form. I also read magazines, newspapers, web pages, blogs, tweets etc. But when I talk about “reading” I usually mean “reading books”.
For the last few years I have kept a record of the books I’ve read. Having said in 2006 I wanted to “read more”, I made a New Year’s resolution to aim to read 50 books a year. I have continued with this aim since (actually I’m unlikely to meet it this year – but things have happened that ate in to my reading time).
One of the things that I like about reading is sharing books with family and friends. I really enjoy getting a book from a friend that they say I will like, because I usually do. When I read a book, I have bought, I think who would like to read it next, some books get shared further than others depending on the style and genre.
I like technology and so I am watching the various e-book readers that come out, and thinking that I would like one, but the major obstacle, for me, is the inability to share and so when I was offered a Kindle as a birthday present I decided to say no, even though I know they are wonderful things. However I have downloaded the Kindle App for my Android-based phone and I have read a couple of books on it (Kate Mosse’s “The Cave” and Dennis Batchelder’s “Soul Identity”) and I have found this convenient in that I can read when ever want, and the reading experience is great, but now I can’t readily pass those books on and there are people I know who will enjoy them, but I have rely that they will download on my suggestion.
So maybe we need to look at the financial model behind e-books, and look to see if we could develop this to allow for sharing, I appreciate that publishers and authors need to make a living from books, and so that for people making their work available on a free-for-all is not realistic, but maybe for a small fee I could loan one e-book at a time to a friend?