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July 23, 2012


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Alice Armitage

I'm swamped by all the books, samples, and articles I've accumulated to read "when I have more time". I would love a solution like this.


Who nudged you to read, and managed your reading schedule when everything was strictly in print? I'm not sure I understand how having several books on an e-reader is any different than having several books waiting on the nightstand?

As for samples, if you're downloading so many that you can't keep up, will you really have time to stop and check out the 4 you added a month ago, when your device reminds you? What would keep you from hitting the proverbial snooze button?

Joe Wikert

Gnightgirl, thanks for bringing up the nightstand analogy. I almost wrote it into the original post. The answer to your question is "the nightstand was my reminder"! IOW, by having the books I wanted to read stacked up next to my bed it was a constant reminder of what I still needed to get through. That's totally lost in the ebook world.

Regarding the sample frenzy, yes, it could still be challenging to keep up. But wouldn't it be nice if you could associate priorities with your samples? Say, 1-5, with 5 being the most important. As I get them I could quickly tag them as which ones I absolutely want to make sure I follow-up on. That doesn't mean I'll be able to read everything but at least I'd have a strategy for hitting the most important ones.

Howard (@eBookGenesis)

Amen, Joe! I would like to see stronger annotation/note-taking features, too. And getting around in an ebook is so sluggish. In a print book, I can flip pages quickly leaving my finger where I am so I can get back quickly. How do I do that in an ebook? It's like they tried to slavishly replicate the appearance of print books without taking the time to learn how to transfer the purpose behind how readers use their books.

One other big concern of mine is portability. I, too, have a nook. If a better device comes along that more completes my wish list, will I be able to bring my content over with me? Currently, no. It really feels like the retailers (B&N, Amazon, Apple) are all in it for themselves rather than the customer not remembering that happy customers make successful businesses. I'm not too worried, though. As adoption rates for ebooks go up, users will start to see the shortcomings of current ebooks and ereader systems and start to demand more. When more than 50% of sales start coming from ebooks, retailers and publishers will have pay attention.

Patrick Barber

I'd like an all-in-one reading tracker as well. Since i get e-books from a variety of sources (the library, Powells, Amazon, Inkling, Atavist) I sometimes have to spend some time searching through my various e-reading apps on my tablet to figure out where I left that book! The "nightstand" analogy doesn't quite cut it -- it's as if I have several nightstands, all in different rooms of the house. Of course, one thing I love about ebooks is that eventually I will find the book, no matter where I virtually left it, and that's more than I can say about the paperback I forgot to pick up at the library yesterday. With the blessings come the curses.

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