Originally Posted by Richard Burger
Do you think Kindle users care that they don't have each of their books on an individual optical disc, saved in plastic cases on some dusty shelf at home?
I was just thinking: I was somewhat of a "collector" once. I still have a few hundred CDs, sitting in boxes in the back of a closet. I have probably about 300 DVDs, BRs (and even a bunch of HDDVDs). I have a few thousand books, still lining up the walls on bookcases in two rooms -- many are first editions.
But digital has changed my mindset: first I ripped all my music and vide to a NAS.
Nowadays I almost never listen to music even from the NAS (lossless), but simply stream it from MOG -- so much easier, infinitely bigger and the quality is indistinguishable (even on reasonably good equipment).
I also find myself streaming most of the time, rarely using BR anymore, except for the latest blockbuster titles (many of which are a total waste of two or three hours). I find that I am discovering tons of stuff I never heard of before on Netflix and much of it is so much more satisfying. Again, the quality is absolutely adequate, streaming on ATV 3s. I rarely purchase digital titles, however and refuse to do PPV.
The books are interesting, because I was kind of obsessed with books. Almost everything I had was bought in hard-cover and as I said earlier, I have first editions of much of the titles I really love.
But then about 5 years ago I tried e-Ink readers. Today, I much prefer to read on e-Ink (I find the iPad and all other LCDs tire my eyes after reading for longer than 30 minutes or so). I don't like the cheap 6" e-readers and have been sticking with Kindle DXs, but just got a 6.8" Kobo Aura HD and I am reasonably happy with it. I did miss the nicer looking type design of hard-covers, but ebooks are getting better and publishers are starting to pay a little more attention to how they set up their titles.
Bottom line is, digital formats and easy availability have "cured" me from being a collector. I am not missing it much. (I do strip the DRM of pretty much everything I purchase, including the hundreds of ebooks I have purchased from Amazon -- this is actually a necessity if you want to use the files on a different ereader).