Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Armchair BEA: Will E-Readers effect these events in the future?

Have you checked out the Arm Chair BEA site yet? If you haven't, now is a good time. You can check out how those unable to attend the event are celebrating!
I had a thought last night while while checking out BEA pics and posts...What happens to BEA, school bookfairs, etc. if E-Readers take over?
(I know the E-Reader topic has been beat with a stick LOL but I was really wondering!)
Will they still have these events? Will you bring your E-Reader and plug in at each booth? That idea makes me VERY sad.
I would like to know from my readers what you think of E-Readers and if you think they'll impact events like this in the future.
Don't forget to stop by the Arm Chair BEA site to see other topics being discussed and find out about giveaways going on all week!


  1. That's a good question! I got my first eReader last week. I held out as long as I could because I love paper books! But, I came across so many eBooks I wanted to read that were not published in paper. And, I figured that ARCs will eventually become eBooks. So I bought one because I can't stand reading long books on my laptop!

    I'm not sure how book events will be affected by eReaders. It will be interesting to see...

  2. Interesting.
    I could see publishers asking for email addresses so they can email eBook ARCs.

    It would be nice if they sold podcasts of all the panels wouldn't it?

  3. Thanks for the link to that site, I'm definitely going to check it out b/c I wish I could go to BEA...

    I don't think print copies are going anywhere. While I love my kindle and use it often, I still love my books too and won't give those up!

  4. husband bought me an E reader for Mother's day and I'll tell you that while I like it, I don't love it. If I have the option of a print book over an ebook I'll take that anyday.

    Juju...considering netgalley, I think that e arcs will become more and more popular...

    Patti....defenitly check it out. Lots of fun stuff going on at the site. Like I said to Diana, while I like the ereader, I don't love it. The hubby actually asked if I wanted to return it. That made me feel bad since it was a gift.

    I can see the popularity of ebooks from an environmental standpoint, but I also feel like if print books are an environmental issue then start using recycled paper. Am I right or no? We used recycled paper for lots of other things...why not our books?

    Any thoughts on that?

  5. I think e-readers will be a supplement to print books, but never take place of them completely. If e-readers did take over, what would happen to all the author signings at BEA -- you can't autograph an e-reader :-).

  6. I prefer ebooks for anything that I would have bought as a generic paperback, but there are graphic novels,pattern books, children's books, special editions, books you want autographed - so many that are better in a physical edition. I see a place for all kinds of books. (maybe that's why they are crowding me out of my bedroom. lol)