One Saturday, I read an article in The Australian, our national newspaper, about ebooks, their availability (or lack thereof) and the technology involved in reading them. Basically, the overall tone of the article was yes, they’re here, but you can only read them in PDF, the ereaders are expensive ($1000+) and there’s nothing much worth reading on them anyway.
My response? I wrote a letter to the editor (which wasn’t published, surprise!). Here’s what I wrote:
“Rosemary Sorensen’s article on the rise of ebooks failed to mention what me and my Australian writing colleagues have known for years: ebooks can be bought cheaply, the reading software comes in other easy-to-read formats than just pdf, and ereaders can be had at a decent price. In less than ten minutes, I’ve bought ebooks from http://www.deisel-ebooks.com, http://www.eharlequin.com and http://www.fictionwise.com in either MSReader (.lit) and Mobipocket (.mobi) format, then synced them up with my HP Ipaq PDA or BeBook (the latter costs around $359). The iPod Touch and iPhone also have two free apps allowing you to read ebooks on both devices. When it comes to ebooks, the issue amongst authors is not about availability or format – it’s piracy, which hurts both authors and readers.”
Since writing that letter, my pre-loved iPod Touch arrived from an eBay seller and I just loooove it! Wireless technology rocks 😀 It took me less than 10 minutes to select the latest Jennifer Rardin and Megan Hart books on eReader, buy them, then click on my eReader app on the iPod, enter my email and password, then sync them down to the iPod.
What I want to know is… why aren’t journalists actually doing their research before writing an article?