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.