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Traditional book or e-reader – which do you prefer?

May 6th, 2011

I must confess that in the run up to the Royal Wedding I would do pretty much anything to avoid the media frenzy. But when it came to the actual day I couldn’t resist – and I did enjoy it! The Abbey looked stunning with its avenue of trees, the couple looked well matched and genuinely happy and I found the hat-watching fascinating. It obviously inspired you, too, as we had over 80 entries for our Royal Wedding Sonnet competition. We’re still working our way through them, but we should have picked a winner by next week.

I’m sure I’ll be a published writer…

Also, if you’re a Writers Bureau student the latest copy of Chapter and Verse is available for your delectation in the student area. The theme for the next issue is ‘A Summer Romance to Remember’ and your piece can be in the form of fiction, non-fiction or poetry – whatever takes your fancy. The closing date for submissions is 14th July; so start flexing those writing muscles.

E-book readers

So far, I’ve resisted the lure of the Kindle, but as I see more and more people using them during the morning commute, I’m gradually starting to covet one. In fact, I’m already dropping huge hints at home that it might be an ideal present when my next birthday comes round.

However, the thing that still puts me off is cost. Not the price of the gadget itself, but the cost of downloading books. I tend to access books in any of three ways: free from my local library; bought from charity shops and then re-donated; three for two offers in Waterstones, Tesco and the like. You would think, with no distribution costs, that e-books would be cheaper – but they’re not. Books from mainstream publishers, written by well-known authors or celebrities, can actually be dearer in e-book format than in hardback. But what I hadn’t realised until I was listening to the radio recently was that VAT is payable on them, which it isn’t on print books.

Another fact that I found interesting was that it’s people my age – won’t see 50 again – that are in the vanguard of buying reading devices rather than a younger demographic. Sadly, I assume that has a lot to do with the fact that you can adjust the print size!

Enough! Next week my guest will be Shelley Bowers, the editor of E-zee Writer who, as usual, will have plenty to say about the writing world.

And in the meantime, if you’re tempted to enrol on our Comprehensive Writing Course, note that the fees will rise on 1st June from £294 to £324 – so consider joining us while it’s still at the lower price.

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