Why would people buy DVDs when they could just watch the movie on HBO (when available)?
I dunno. I don't buy them. Instant gratification?
You can ask the same question of many things. Some people just plaing like to own something.
Yeah, there's that too.
One reason I have a Kindle Fire (having previously had a Kindle 2 and Kindle DX) is that I can get virtually any book I want, (almost) any time I want.
Well, there's a case of instant gratification.
Lately there's been the complication of the publishing companies trying to inflate prices, but that's another issue. I won't pay $15 for an e-book just as I won't pay $25 for a hardcover.
The hardcover book I'm reading now costs $27.99. I'm almost done with it and I started it yesterday. I'm gonna open a thread about it later today, it's a really good read. Cost: $0.00. How can you beat that?
So, the publishers are trying to jack up the prices on e-books, huh? Not surprised, but I'd like to see the justification to do that.
A friend of mine recommended a book to me last week. I looked it up and had it on my Kindle in less than 3 minutes. It's now synched to my phone as well and I can read whenever I have a few minutes. In addition, I don't have to lug several books around when travelling.
I always have my library with me - so when my trip to the mechanic for a car inspection suddenly turns into a couple of hours to replace brakes and some other parts, I have reading material. I even have newspapers and magazines delivered to my shirt pocket.
I always have a book with me (in the car) when I go places where I might have time to kill. The book costs me nothing, I need no device to read it. I'm not arguing against e-book readers, just the cost of books in general. I understand quite well how the e-books work and prefer real books. Just an opinion, didn't mean to start an argument.