10 October 2010

Fall Into Reading: Question 2




What do you think about e-books? Do you engage in e-reading or do you prefer to stick to good ol’ physical books?


I'm not convinced by e-books. What if the battery dies? Or the hard drive? Keeping my photos backed up the way they ought to be is challenge enough; I don't want to mess with book backups too. Kindles are expensive. I'd rather spend that money on actual books. That I can touch. That don't require a screen to read them. That don't become obsolete and unusable when technology advances, requiring me to buy them again. And again a few years after that. Plus, I enjoy browsing. Both through a shelf, and also flipping through the pages, browsing through the book. I don't think that's going to be terrible satisfying on a Kindle. So, no, I'm not convinced by e-books.

8 comments:

Cellista said...

I'm with you. There's just something about the feel of a book in your hands that just can't be replicated.

Hey, I tagged you on my blog if you feel so inclined as to answer some questions. (But don't feel obligated.)

Keeley said...

Also, if they decide to pull the book back for some reason, they can just yank it off your kindle.

+1 Cellista. There's something about the feel of a book in your hands.

Having said that, it would be nice to have a kindle for *some* things. It would certainly be convenient to have it with you, and it would be nice to have books on it that are fun to read but you don't necessarily want cluttering up your bookshelf.

Ritsumei said...

Cellista - I'll be over to check out the tag shortly. =D

Keeley - Really? They can take away a book you've paid for?? Nope; definitely not for me!

Keeley said...

Yep, but they *promised* not to do it again. =)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18amazon.html

Ritsumei said...

Uh huh. I'll just bet they did. Makes you wonder what else they can do... sometimes it's so hard not to be downright paranoid.

Traveler For Good said...

I think it would be great for vacation as I have a nasty habit of packing quite a few books for airport and plane time. I could use that space in my luggage for something else! But I honestly haven't tried it yet, so who knows?

Ritsumei said...

Yeah, I can think of some situations where it'd be useful, but I think that overall the use isn't worth the expense. Particularly not given the many drawbacks. I'll stick with paper & ink, thanks.

Keeley said...

Amen, Ritsumei. "Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not after me" =)

OTOH, +1 to Traveler for Good.

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