|What do you do when you have run out of the books to buy? You go electronic. e-books, PDFs, and other reading formats are growing in strength and validity as our society marches on toward a Cloud based society. While this means you might have more than you know what to do with, you are also watching one of the old standards of mediums pass by.
As I stare at my eReader (A Nook Color for reading my catalog of gaming PDF’s in full color), I glance back at the shelves behind me. I see a massive library of D20 and Pathfinder material along with other odds and ends splashed for flavor. Throw my reading section and my reference material and I am amazed my floor doesn’t bend or crack.
However, this is the way of the world and where things will be headed in the future. I’ve dabbled in the fiction writing and have talked to authors about printing their books. I have contact with some people in the gaming field and see they are looking more at the electronic medium to deliver their product. Heck, even the video gaming market is now attempting to adapt this model. I hear they might have something more functional with the next generation of consoles.
There is something to be said about owning an eReader or tablet and marvel at how much one can upload into them. Remember, a physical book doesn’t need charging, batteries, or the latest update for you to be able to read it.
Books might be going the way of the dodo in the next generation, but don’t count out how important they are when your eReader or tablet starts to run low on power. It is good to lug around that player's handbook and trusty D20 you fired last week for rolling ten one’s in a row. It’s as if you are taking along old friends with you (as long as the dice doesn't do it again).