I’ve bought an eReader.
I put off buying one until now for three reasons
- I did not have a truly compelling personal reason to own one until I experienced an epiphany in my garage two weekends ago
- I have several philosophical objections to the Kindle which is obviously the dominant player in the market and wasn’t convinced any of the other available devices would suit my particular requirements until the announcement of a new range available from Sony earlier this month
- It continues to be virtually impossible to legally obtain an eBook that I actually want to read because I live in Australia which isn’t (who knew?) a successful first-world economy offering all manner of commercial delights to its inhabitants but rather an insignificant, un-serviced blip in the morass known, I presume, in publishing circles as “other”.*
I was lamenting this last fact to an author acquaintance of mine recently and he, rather unexpectedly, had a bit of a dig at me along the lines of “well how would they know there’s a market here, everyone’s importing Kindles and there have only been about 6 devices sold in the whole country, why would they bother to set up the infrastructure?” Obviously this was a slight exaggeration but it did give me pause. In essence my own thesis has been the exact opposite (people will buy devices when there is something to put on them) but I could see some sense in his argument? And besides, I thought, if I am going to continue moaning loudly about the shoddy way Australian readers are treated by publishers and booksellers I really ought to do everything I can do on my side of the fence right? How else can I continue to haughtily claim the moral high ground 😉
So, I forked out some hard-earned cash. Well half of my tax refund if I’m being totally truthful though in its way hard-earned. I always spend half of my tax refund on something frivolous because I like to imagine a bureaucrat in the bowels of the Tax Office grinding their teeth at the injustice of having had to give me money only for me to go and wantonly waste it. Petty, I know, but highly satisfactory.
For those who care about such things the device I chose is a Sony PRS-650 though the object itself is not the point of this particular post. My aim for now is to fess up (to those who remember my recent ramble) and to start documenting my journey from vaguely interested observer to eager but geographically frustrated participant in the eReader conversation. The next instalment of my eAdventure will provide full details of my garage epiphany.
*in this instance other = anywhere outside the US and UK. I don’t have first hand experience of being an avid reader anywhere other than in Oz but from what I’ve heard from readers and bloggers in Europe and Asia they suffer similar exorbitant pricing, lack of availability of titles and generally being treated like semi-literate pond scum.