We have already worn out one Kindle at our house and are now reading E-books on smartphones, laptops, iPads, iPods and yes a new Kindle. I love the features that keeps all the devices in sync. If I stop reading on the laptop at home and take up reading on the smartphone in the Doctor's office, Amazon keeps track of where I stopped on the laptop and starts up my e-book book on the smartphone on the last page read on the laptop. Awesome service, and it encourages reading.
The only time we buy hard copy books now are as gifts, or if it has not been published as an e-book yet and we are not willing to wait. We have apparently been contributing to these sales numbers:
The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all other formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week.
E-book sales totaled $90.3 million in February, up 202% compared to the same month a year earlier, according to a study from the Association of American Publishers. That put e-books at No. 1 "among all categories of trade publishing" that month -- the first time e-books have beaten out traditional publishing formats.
The book I wrote on Cobalt mining was a hybrid book, part paper and part internet. Once all the paper books in the garage are gone I will turn my book on Cobalt into an e-book for 99 cents.