I LOVE books. I worked in bookstores for over 19 years, until the chain closed several years ago. I currently work at a publishing company (going on 13 years now). I have oodles and piles of books in every room of my house. I love the feel and smell and weight of a book in my hand. But I also love eBooks - they are handy things to have at doctor appointments and such. Yes, I know I can carry a book in my purse.... but I dislike carrying purses. My phone, however, is always at my side.
So, my point? I think Amazon.com should take a page from the movie industry. I think when you buy a book you should be able to pay an extra bob or two for an electronic code. Like movies, where you can purchase the DVD and a digital download, I think with books you should be able to get the best of both worlds, too.
That way, when I'm stuck in line waiting to buy a hot cocoa and my book is sitting in my bag in the car, I can pick up my phone and continue reading where I left off.
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