This week, the internet world is celebrating e-books in a big way. March 8 through 14 has been designated "Read an E-book Week" - a holiday that will hopefully endure for many years to come.
E-books and e-publishers have seen huge increases in sales and readership over the last several years. Readers who swore they would never enjoy any book that wasn't printed on paper have picked up devices like Amazon's Kindle and the Sony e-Reader, and become promptly hooked (the Smart Bitches often refer to Amazon's e-book reader as the Kindle-ade).
E-books are diverse and (for the most part) affordable, and come with quite a few benefits. The one I find most intriguing is this: possession of an e-book reader is like having a black hole or a hammerspace in your pocket or purse, in which you can store an entire library of books that are available at your convenience. It's practically a superpower! The ability to transport shelves upon shelves of books in a single bound. Outside of teleportation, I'd totally dig this power.
E-book Week has an official site, featuring an excellent article by Warren Adler, who predicted the popularity of e-books 12 years ago (way to go, Warren! :-). The site also features pages of free and deeply discounted e-book offers from publishers participating in the celebration - so if you've never tried an e-book, here's your no-risk opportunity.
You don't need an e-reader to partake in the joy of e-books (though they are certainly very sleek and sexy devices, great investments for voracious readers, and oh, drool, how I wish I had one . . . sorry, I'll stop now). E-books are available in formats you can read right on your computer - typically PDF or HTML. So go forth and grab yourself a handful of free e-books today. And while you're out - pick me up a hammerspace, will you? I've always wanted one of those.