I Can’t Afford a Kindle, iPad, or eBook Reader?

I love this excuse for not having a Kindle or some type of eBook reader at this point. A better excuse would be that “I don’t want an eBook reader”, that would at least make a more intelligent argument, at least for those of us who live in the United States. The price of a Kindle is now down to $114 (with coupon). I have found that a majority of Kindle books, whether you read them on the iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, or on your free desktop app, are often 50-75% cheaper than paper. That means if you read… books… at all… any particular device you choose will pay for itself within time. Take the percentage savings on current books. If you buy 10 books at regular paperback price, say $14.99 to $19.99 (I am talking about new releases here), they often will have a Kindle book on sale for $4.99 to $6.99, especially if you pre-order. That is a savings of $10 per book or $100. So if you read more than 10 books a year (I understand many people at this point don’t) you will have your Kindle paid for by the time you hit the 11th book?

It’s simple math. The more you read, the more you will save in the price of books. Perhaps if you only read 1 or 2 books a year buying a Kindle or iPad won’t save you any money, but don’t tell me you “can’t afford” to buy a Kindle or iPad like all those “rich” people. If you live in this country that’s like saying you can’t afford a washing machine or a dish washer. It’s simple economics. If you read, you will spend more money on paper books than the price of the eBook reader itself. Just tell me you don’t want one, or you have moral issues with the digital consumerism, or you don’t want to partake in the evil of Apple, or something, but don’t tell me you can’t afford to buy one if you are an avid book reader, that’s just an excuse.