Musings on privacy and ebooks, a personal perspective

I understand there are concerns about ebooks and privacy.  We should certainly consider how privacy will change with this technology, but I have to say, at a local level I feel I have so much more privacy reading books with an e-reader.  Using my ebook reader (Sony) I can buy an ebook or borrow one from the public library and read them anywhere without feeling exposed.

Let’s say I’m having a health issue and I want to borrow a print book from my local library to find out more about it.  If I live in a small town I probably know the librarian.  Do I want her to know about my health issue when I check out the book?  If I read the book on the bus, at work (during lunch of course), at my son’s karate class do I really want all those people to know about my issue?  Even in my own home.  Do I have to hide the print book from my children, my mom?

With an ebook you have privacy.  Nobody knows what you’re reading.

And to be honest, I much prefer privacy at this personal level.  I’m less concerned about whether the FBI knows what I’m reading.