We have a Kindle that hasn’t been much used. Jake received it from friends as a going away present to Afghanistan. For some crazy reason — like, being stuck in a war zone — he rarely got around to using it.
He recently handed it off to me, thinking I’d get more use out of it. I still haven’t plugged it in. All of my friends who own one say the screen is crystal clear and unobtrusive yet I’m hesitant.
I’m so conditioned to reading on-screen that I find it impossible not to speed read, not to scan, not to skim wide swaths of digitized text. I can’t tell you the last time I sat down and read-read an online newspaper article. Whereas there are few things more pleasurable than reading the same article in print form.
I’m concerned e-books will be the same; reading without really reading. Besides, I’m not wild about the prospect of staring at another screen. That’s all I do! I stare at my laptop screen, iPod, iPhone and most recently, an iPad screen (Jake WON a brand new 16GB iPad at a BEEF EXPO, of all places, two weeks ago). Sometimes I feel like Apple is rewiring my brain.
E-readers out there, what do you think? Do you find you reserve your e-reader for a certain type of reading and paper books for other kinds? As for me, I like that Kindle books are less expensive and less wasteful than paper books (assuming you don’t throw your Kindle away for the newest model every other year). I can see the merits of using an e-reader for research; books I don’t necessarily want taking up precious space in my already cramped shelves. But I dislike that you can’t write in the margins, fold down pages and, most importantly, lend them.
What do you think? Or is this another example of my encroaching decrepitude?