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  • Hmmm, Maybe I Kind of Like E-Readers, After All

    Posted on August 1st, 2011 Shari 5 comments

    Currently reading: PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King (fellow member of the “met our husbands at 17 in summer camp” club!)

    Hi, all. I’m just back from a great trip to London. I knew I’d be reading a lot and hopefully writing and was trying to figure out the best way to do this. I came to the conclusion that I should get a keyboard for my iPad and also load it with e-books. I could even put a London travel app on it and have only 1 thing to carry with me.

    Well, this might have been perfect, had I the foresight to download and practice on the word processing programs before I left. I’ve since learned that the hour before the car comes to pick you up for the airport is not the time. Turns out my iPad isn’t updated enough for the current word processing apps (it’s a very, very old iPad–6 months. The woman on the Apple help phone told me it was several versions outdated. Amazing how technology can whoosh by you in a mere 6 months.) and the keyboard that seemed so great when I bought it at Brookstone wasn’t that great either. Oh well.

    However, I did download several books. This wound up being extremely helpful when my husband, Mat, was sleeping and jet lagged-me was still awake. The lighting on the iPad is just enough to read, but not enough to wake the guy next to you.

    A lovely friend had given Mat a Kindle and he used it on our last vacation. If you have a Kindle app for the iPad, you can also read the books on the Kindle. Turns out a Kindle is much lighter than a regular book and great to stuff in your bag when you’re touring. I felt guilty–I realized I was really enjoying this e-book thing.

    It was a relief not to have to fill my luggage with four different books. And when I was close to finishing the books I brought, I was able to download a few more (though I also learned that B&, which I was originally using on the iPad, does not work in the UK–another lesson.)

    Nothing replaces the smell, feel and rhythm of a book. No matter what people say, I don’t think it’s so easy to find that phrase or plot point you want to find, when you’re flipping back through an e-book. And you can’t read them when a plane is taking off or landing, so make sure you have something else to do during that time.

    You also can’t share a favorite book with someone else if you’ve bought it for an e-reader. There’s a bit of a loss at not being able to pass on your copy of a beloved novel.

    So I’m not on board 100% with this e-book stuff. But I think I’ll wind up with more of a mix than I previously allowed myself. Maybe it’s okay to like e-readers. It doesn’t mean I don’t like books, it’s just another way to enjoy them.


    5 responses to “Hmmm, Maybe I Kind of Like E-Readers, After All” RSS icon

    • Yeah, I’m coming around to them to, I’m a bit sad to admit. My hubby bought one and I find myself wanting to use it more and more. I will always buy ‘real’ books though, as long as I can at least!

    • I’m going to buy both, too. But I have to say, it was nice to pull the Kindle out when the line at the post office took a while.

    • I have a Kindle and I use it, but I still read a lot more books in print. It’s about a 5 to 1 ratio right now–actually it’s probably more like 10 to 1 in favor of print books. Nothing replaces the feel and smell of a book in your hands. Sorry Kindle.

    • There are quite a few self-pubbed books that I’d like to read, but don’t have an e-reader. I’m still a traditionalist; I collect books and can’t imagine a time when I won’t be able to buy them anymore. Maybe asking for a Kindle for Christmas isn’t such a bad idea, but I’ll continue to buy traditional books whether I like the new technology or not.

    • I like my Nook for reading uncomplicated library books, but not for books I might like to own, and not for books with the kind of plots that cause me to want to flip back to be reminded of what happened 20 pages ago. So what books does that leave for the Nook? Hmmm… not too many. Thankfully, my husband really likes it, so between the two of us, I suppose we get enough use from it to make it worth the cost. :-)

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