Until now, I haven’t bought many e-books. Yes, I’ve read a few on the Classics app for my iPhone, and experimented with other e-readers, but I just haven’t felt like I was ready to buy my books in e-versions. And then I watched Apple’s newly released video about its iBooks app and iBookstore for the iPad. I’ll be getting an iPad very soon, and for the first time, I’ve started to think I might end up preferring to buy a book on the iPad, rather than a traditional, print version. But what about my bookshelves? Will will this mean they’ll just be a relic? That they’ll be packed with all of the books I’ve bought—until 2010? To be honest, I find that prospect sort of frightening, yet I also see it as inevitable.
I never buy CDs now, and I imagine there will be a time—this year, next year?—when I won’t buy all that many non-e-book books. Yes: I feel sorry for my bookshelves.