eReading: The Love Affair Wanes
I don’t think I’ll be doing too many more of these eReader posts, as my love affair with e-reading is definitely on the slide.
Having now read several books on my Sony pocket eReader, I can say that I love it for being able to use the on-screen dictionary, the fact that it fits my jeans pocket and the ease of having a library on hand. And for not being the Kindle, which appears to have been designed by monkeys who like steampunk.
But I hate it for DRM – the outrageous rip-off of digital rights management that prevents me from reading the e-book I have just paid for. Purchasing ‘The Psychopath Test’ by Jon Ronson on Kindle For Mac, I found I couldn’t translate it to my Sony because it was protected, which is like someone selling me a book that I can read in my home but not on a bus.
Attempting to find a way to shift it across – and there are several, although you need a degree in IT to manage it – I wasted the best part of a day and accidentally deleted the e-book. So now I have to buy it again. But next time, it’ll be in a paper format. Why waste time trying to export it by stripping off the DRM (technically illegal apart from anything else) when I can wait to read it in paperback?
My other cavil is that, to Mac users, eReaders are like something out of the ark, clunky and painfully unresponsive. So right now, the Hate side has started to outweigh the Love. Let’s wait until AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) flexible screens hit next year and re-evaluate the whole thing. Meanwhile, the eReader goes in a drawer, to be used on holidays and long journeys, which is what it’s designed for.
My library just whispered ‘Thank You’.