I remember quite clearly when Kindle was first introduced into the UK. I was horrified at the thought of electronic books replacing physical books.
The owner of a book shop that I knew shocked me when he said he loved his Kindle and that he much preferred it to a book. I couldn't see the appeal and told myself that wasn't for me.
But in time my opinion changed.
A while later someone I was friendly with at the time got a Kindle. And the more she talked about it and told me about the books she wouldn't have been able to get otherwise, the more interested I got.
And I'm sure you've already guessed what happened next. I bought a Kindle which I promptly fell in love with and I haven't looked back since.
I even have the app installed on my phone so I don't have to rely on my reader.
A friend gave me a book at Christmas and it was the first paperback I had got in goodness knows how long. I can't even remember when I last went to a bookstore and that used to be something I did on a regular basis.
My partner isn't a big reader but he has the app on his tablet and he is always downloading books now and reading. It has even changed his reading habits, and that is some achievement.
In my opinion there will always be a place for paperbacks and hardbacks, but there are advantages to the Kindle. Not only are some books exclusive, but they are cheaper and you can buy them 23 hours a day seven days a week.
I have made the decision to only publish my books for Kindle. There will be no paperback editions available.
Everybody is entitled to their own opinions and you may prefer paperbacks to e-books any day of the week. But in this day and age there is enough room for both versions and everyone can read the version they feel happiest with.