Whenever I mention an e-reader, or Kindle to someone who reads a lot I can almost see the defence shutters snap into place
‘oh no no…I couldn’t use that, I like my books’
I do find this response somewhat odd. I’m not asking them to actually give up reading, or give up books. I’m just asking if they ever considered reading their books on an e-device, rather than lugging around large volumes of paper.
Then again, I shouldn’t really be too surprised. I remember when CD’s first came out.
Oh no! I was aghast! How could I replace my beloved scratchy vinyl with small discs, a tiny album cover and almost unbreakable, unscratchable metal (in hindsight its easy to say that, but my daughter has perfected the art of scratching CDs and DVDs)
So yes, I do understand from where my paper-loving friends are coming from.
However, the real test comes when book admirers actually start using the Kindle. The comments seem to oppose every fibre of their pulp-loving weight-lugging being. The conclusion by most is “wow”. A tiny three-letter word that conveys everything that the Kindle aspires to.
To give some better examples:
If you’ve ever gone on holiday and taken a few books with you, imagine all those books weighing less than one small paperback. How many extra shoes or clothes could you pack instead of those books! And whilst you’re on that holiday, the Kindle in particular, has perfected e-ink. That is, the screen actually writes like ink – so there’s no constant screen refresh or backlight like you see on a laptop screen. That means, no glare from the sun to make everything onscreen invisible. Its genuinely a remarkable invention.
Aah but you like the tactile nature of the book – I can’t say that the e-reader will ever have the smell or fibrous feel of a book, but you may be surprised by the comfortable ergonomics of the device. You can turn the pages however you prefer, use it vertically or horizontally and change the font and font-size as you see fit.
Not only that, most e-readers allow you to read you library of books on whatever device you happen to have. So if you’ve left your kindle at home, you can always catch up on the last few paragraphs of the chapter on your tablet or ipod or mobile.
But I’m not really here to sell the Kindle – although it probably looks like I am right now! Just that its one of those gadgets that you might disregard simply because you’re ‘happy’ with books. And that’s fine. But if you do read a lot of books, its really something worth looking into before thinking its not your kind of thing