When I first started this blog, one of the things it occurred to me I might write about at some point was the e-books vs. paper books debate. Such as it is these days. But I realized that, honestly, I don’t care. I like paper books. I like e-books. I like books. Format is not a criterion. What annoys me, however, is that I cannot seem to get all of my e-books in the same place. Years ago, when I got an e-reader for Christmas, my mother-in-law decided it would be a good idea to give my spouse a Kindle and me a Nook because that way if there were ever a book one of us wanted that wasn’t available in one place, we might be able to get it from the other. This was a nice theory, I suppose, but now that we’ve both left actual e-readers behind and use apps on tablets, we still have two separate libraries that we can’t integrate. Then, of course, I get e-books in other ways – primarily through Humble Bundle – and those open in yet another program or app. I just want to access all my (e-)books in the same place, but I feel as if I’d need a fairy godmother to make it happen. E-books are certainly convenient in some ways, but not in others.
It seems as if there ought to be a solution to this dilemma out there somewhere. I can’t be the only one annoyed with this situation. On the other hand, capitalism doesn’t exactly run the world sensibly, so maybe there isn’t. If a solution exists in some magical kingdom somewhere, however, would a good fairy please give me directions?