Today, a friend of mine, who was a through and through pro book kind of gal, changed her outlook and became an e-reader gal. Has anyone tried these e-readers? Do you prefer them to the conventional book? Do you just find them so handy that you don’t know how you ever lived without them?
Let me know!
Reading a paper book is most effective medium for engaging my physical senses. The e-reader is another step in the evolution of the writing medium that started with cave walls. I suspect through the ages the materials of skins, clay, wax, cloth, metal, papyrus, parchment and paper have all had their supporters. As a hunter and gatherer my paperbacks, softcover and hardcover books have the downside of occupying the cloths space the cruise line expects on formal night. The e-reader allows me to bring my favorite cave walls with me while reducing my suitcase weight.
There are definitely perks to the e-reader. It’s super light, you can essentially take your entire bookcase with you where ever you go and e-readers normally have back lighting so reading in the dark is now an option as well.
But with the e-reader you lose the tactile sensations of a book, you lose the smell of paper, and you miss that special find at the used book store. You can’t hold an e-reader and wonder who owned that copy of “Great Expectations” before you did. These things matter to me, but technology has a way of edging in on things like that.