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It is the Worst of Times for Reading EBooks
#1  leebase 06-07-2019, 11:58 AM
It is the worst of times....

Looking back over ten years of participating on this forum, I think it is the worst of times for reading ebooks. IMHO.

eInk innovation has all but come to a stop. Where are the large eInk readers with pen input and worklow? Where is color? Yeah, yeah...yet another one is "real close" and just showed something "promising" that they never said would make it into a tablet ereader.

eInk pricing fell to a certain point, and then stopped. Tablets are now cheaper than an eInk reader.

There are no more independant eInk devices to speak of. Surely not of the quality of the Sony line. Pretty much "eco system" plays like Amazon, Kobo and Nook are all that's left. And only Amazon has a healthy business.

Fictionwise and many many other beloved ebook stores are gone and are never coming back. Along with them are the special pricing deals that so many of us loved.

The rise of audio books is a detriment to actual reading. It's bad enough with the twitters, face place, and insta-whosit's of the world destroying people's attention spans....now folks are too lazy to learn to read and are counting listening to a book as if it's reading.

The big 5 are all still in business. There is no difference in pricing of books from the big 5 in any of the stores.

Sometimes eBooks cost the same or even MORE than a paper book.

You still don't own an ebook, you have a license for it.

eBooks are too d@mned expensive. Apparently.

Apple still sells ebooks.

DRM is still the norm. Everyone's ebooks can disappear at any moment.

People are going blind because they are reading on tablets and phones which shoot light DIRECTLY INTO YOUR EYE. eInk, where light must first bounce before finding your eye, isn't being embraced by everyone the way SCIENCE tells us it SHOULD.

It is the worst of times for reading ebooks.
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#2  HarryT 06-07-2019, 12:43 PM
I really must respectfully disagree. To my mind there’s never been a better time to be an ebook reader. There are many superb reading devices available at moderate prices, and there have never been so many ebooks available at price points to suit all pockets.
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#3  leebase 06-07-2019, 12:55 PM
Quote HarryT
I really must respectfully disagree. To my mind there’s never been a better time to be an ebook reader. There are many superb reading devices available at moderate prices, and there have never been so many ebooks available at price points to suit all pockets.
Then the OTHER thread is for you
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#4  jhowell 06-07-2019, 01:03 PM
It's cute what you did there, but splitting the discussion of pros and cons into separate threads will make discussion impossible. I vote for a merge.
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#5  John F 06-07-2019, 01:05 PM
I'm with Harry. I haven't really felt the want/need to upgrade hardware in several years. If only bug fixes for my Kobo were released, I would be perfectly fine. If there were no new e-readers released, I wouldn't mind. I can get plenty of ebooks to read.

What more does one want/need?
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#6  lumpynose 06-07-2019, 01:29 PM
Quote leebase
... It's bad enough with the twitters, face place, and insta-whosit's of the world destroying people's attention spans....now folks are too lazy to learn to read ...
For me the big problems are television and youtube. I was on an all male forum and the younger guys when posting a link to something interesting, rarely if ever, posted a link to an article that was text, always to a youtube video. They also loved responding to posts with animated gif memes (and thought they were so clever).

Speaking of twitter, et al., back in the earlier days of science fiction, 1960s and 1970s for me, there were all those stories about robots. Now here we are with computers powerful enough to make robots but what's popular are the social networking apps. So much for robots; what we really want is to flap our gums and share pictures.
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#7  dwig 06-07-2019, 01:32 PM
I'm with Harry as well.

None of the negatives I'm aware of are worse now then at some time in the past, and most are less of an issue.
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#8  rcentros 06-07-2019, 01:51 PM
I'm pretty happy with the current eBook and eReader situation. Most of my novels and non-fiction general (mostly historical) reading come from the library (Overdrive) and the technical, religious and older historical books I read are inexpensive or free (I'm trying to teach myself Python, and not doing that well at it, but I've the choice of a "million" free books). I convert online websites with Push to Kindle (which, despite its name, will convert to .mobi, .ePub or PDF) Calibre works great for de-DRMing and embedding the dark fonts I like or changing .ePub or .mobi into AZW8. I've finally gotten used to front-lights on eReaders and my Tolino Vision 2, with its latest upgrade is working great. And I've still got lots of old eReaders to play around with but when I pick up my stuff from Texas (soon I hope) most of those are going away. I'm doing a lot more reading than I was doing pre-eBook Readers. I'm happy with eInk (and I don't even have a 300 ppi reader yet).
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#9  tomsem 06-07-2019, 02:45 PM
It’s never been better for digital reading. I do about 90% of my reading on my phone and iPad mini. I don’t see much prospect for improvement for eReaders on the horizon. My Voyage and 10th gen Paperwhite are just fine but are not as versatile.

EBook prices are quite reasonable, most under $3, and I borrow 3-4 books from library a month so I’m not spending $15 for those newer titles.
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#10  leebase 06-07-2019, 02:57 PM
Now now....just because some of us have an eReader we like...wasn't it better when there was more choice? I mean, it's one thing for Sony to leave the business...but who took their place?

And while the original $400 price of a Kindle has come way down....how come there isn't a pretty nice $49 eInk device or even $25?

Remember when some phone had an eInk screen in addition to an lcd?

We seem to have these wonderful "reflected light" screens in less places than before.

Why isn't there an eInk reader that is agnostic and works with multiple book stores like an iPad or an Android tablet?

eInk devices still aren't great for pdf's. By now that use case should have been dealt with.

And what of those business oriented ones with the cool pen markup etc?

Not only did none of these pan out....it seems like no one even cares or remembers how bright the future seemed to be....ten years ago
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