Truth be told, I still prefer the good old physical book. The dead-tree version of books. If I had to choose between the two I'd take a paperback or hardback over an eBook any day. Sure, they take up so much physical space, but then again nothing beats the experience of really reading a book, turning the pages, putting a cute bookmark where you stopped reading, or smelling its pages when it's all new. You sure don't get all of that with an eReader.
And now, I am about this close to cave again. In fact I've already put some books by authors I came to know and appreciate over the past few months into my Smashwords shopping cart. Previously I received books from them, because I won them or simply for review. Now I want more. Those freebies made me hungry and it's time to feed my eReader with something more substantial for a change. Besides, in actually buying these books I'm not only committing myself to some enjoyable reading sessions, I'm also giving back to these authors by supporting their great work with more than just praises. After all praises seldom buy you a cup of coffee. And I certainly don't want them to run out of coffee aka fuel when they should be wide awake to write their next book. Which, obviously, will find a place on my wishlist too. But first things first ... need to do a lil' mouse-clicking over at Smashwords!
I wonder am I the only one who hesitated so long before finally buying eBooks? Anybody using their eReader only for review purposes with no intention of buying eBooks? Or are there even people out there who've completely switched from physical books to eBooks? Let me know.