Answer: They just stay there forever...or, I suppose you could pass them on to your next of kindle.
OK, April is Humor month and this is just a little bit of humor to cheer your day...ok, maybe a very little bit of humor.
However you view this topic, e-books are in the news and here are just a few balanced views:
Do you read e-books? Do you borrow e-books? Do you think they are priced too high? Do you think there is price-fixing going on? How does all of this affect the book stores, the publishers, the schools? We value your opinions.
I think e-textbooks will become a welcome addition to education, assuming we can keep the price reasonable. Personal copies, lighter bookbags, the ability to highlight and/or copy and paste notes, plus easy revisions. Yes!
Somehow, I am struggling with the concept of curling up by the fire with an e-book for recreational reading, though my kids have embraced it. I love to touch a book, smell a book read a book, and share a good book with a friend. Will e-books allow me to do all of that?
How are libraries handling the borrowing of e-books?
I finally bought my first eBook and when I was done I looked at my iPad and thought "what do I do with it now?" Usually I would let a family member borrow it, take it to my classroom, or sell it to a used book store in town. Instead I just stared at it and wondered "what now". Convinced me to stay with print for awhile longer.
The eBook I bought "Catching Fire"
Current print book I'm reading "Wine and War"
So well put, Sean!
It doesn't help that the News reports price-fixing of e-books and for some of us it is just one more toy, one more separate technology to get used to, and find value in. Ahhh, that is the key, "to find value in". How is an e-book more ecnomical and more satisfying than reading a good book that you can pass on. I'm open to learning from you all.
The eBook I bought "sorry, still waiting to take the plunge."
Current print book I'm reading "The Pilot's Wife" by Anita Shreve, passed on to me by my sister.
Next book I want to read is "The President's Club" by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, 32.50, now 19.38 at Amazon.com or maybe the Kindle version for 16.99 at Amazon.com (oops, then I need to order a Kindle too.)
I don't buy e-books I just love to collect my favorite authors with print books. If I am spending money on a book I want to hold it in my hand, look over the cover, and then place it on my bookshelf with others in my collection.
On the flip side, I love to check out e-books from my local library (if they are available). I recently went on a long car trip and it was nice to have one device with several books to read instead of having to pack and then keep up with all of my print books. My Kindle fit in my purse and was very easy to access and carry on my trip. When waiting in restaurants, in line, ect. I could pull out my Kindle and read and when ready to move on put it away without worrying about losing my bookmark.
I guess in answer to the original post "What happens to those e-books once you're finished with them"? it would be to build a digital library of books. Of course, I can't pull a book off to loan to a friend they would have to borrow my Kindle unless it is one of the few that can be loaned. If I purchase a subscription to Prime I can then share my books with other Prime subscribers. Not sure how it works with the Nook or other e-readers.
I have an older Kindle and a Nook color. What I like about Barnes and Noble is that they usually have a free book every week and I usually get those, although lately they haven't been very good I have to admit. But my favorite ebooks are still the classics that you can get for free or very inexpensive. I have re-read all of Jane Austen, much of Henry James, Somerset Maugham, D.H. Lawrence, Agatha Christie, even some old Georgette Heyer! Very enjoyable to read those classics again.
Like many of the people here, I love the feel of a book in my hands ... but I'm a full on ebook convert now, and I'll tell you why:
1. As my vision gets progressively worse with age the ability to change size, font, back ground color, brightness, etc. on my tablet is invaluable to my reading.
2. My tablet is both small enough for holding and yet big enough for reading. It's like having the oversized print addition of a book, but not as heavy.
3. My local library is hitting the ebook lending market ... hard! There are all sorts of books, even new ones, that I can download and read without spending a dime. And like a library book, at the end of the time, the book goes back to the library ... only I don't have to drop it off.
The only ebooks I 'buy' are the ones I want to keep forever.
Mine just sit there, because I cannot get my daughter to read them after I get finished...I know there is a technical way to do it, but I would just switch Kindle's with her (thus in my mind, having double the books to read). Maybe when she comes home this summer, she will be willing to have a Kindle swap day!