Unlike most of the tech-savvy people I know, I just can't get excited about e-readers. Don't get me wrong, I love technology. I use an iPad, smart phone, Facebook, Twitter and Pandora. But, I come from a long line of book-reading nerds that believe a book is meant to be held and smelled. I frequent the library for the tactile satisfaction of picking a book off the shelf and flipping through the pages.
I can't get cozy with a hard piece of plastic that I have to plug in. I have tried to read a book in my iPad, and I hated every second of it. It took me forever to get through the book, which I also ended up hating because it all felt cold and sterile.
I know you are thinking I am crazy, but I have come up with 5 reasons that a book is better than a Kindle or Nook.
1. The smell and feel of a book can't be digitally recreated.
At least not yet. I enjoy holding a book in my hands and turning each page. I can turn down a page or write a note in the margin to remember next time I read the book. That paper smell just relaxes me, and lets me know it's time to sit down and read. Soon people may walk into a library and wonder what the funky smell is, and I have news for you, it's the BOOKS!
2. You can't share your Kindle with your friends.
At least not without parting with your e-reader while a friend reads the book you are "loaning" to them. I know some services let you borrow books, like at a library, but so far I haven't found a great solution for this problem. I regularly read something and pass it on to a friend and get books from my friends in this same fashion.
3. I read a book to get away from the computer screen.
With an e-reader you are stuck staring at a screen. I work in a job where I look at the computer most of the day. I like to come home from work, and grab a book to get me away from the harsh computer screen. Not to mention all the other technology we deal with regularly like TVs and iPads. I've seen the Kindle digital ink, and it's not bad, but it still feels like tech in my hands. Sometimes I just need a visual break from all the screens in my life, and I go to the pages of a book to get it.
4. Used book stores are a huge part of my life.
I do buy new books too, but I frequent the used book stores and trade in my books and buy others. Without books in our world these places would not exist at all. Sure it's convenient to download a book and lighter to carry, but there is just something about shopping in the store for a book that gets me excited to read it. Another thing I love about the used book store is I can get a book for 1-3 bucks, and with an e-reader the prices are usually not that good.
5. With a book I know where I am at.
A Kindle gives you a visual representation (like a progress bar) and a percentage of how far you are in the book. A Nook has the page number in the upper right hand corner, but since you can change the font and size, the total number of pages will change. So page 87 of 242 is the same as page 96 of 267, or in Kindle speak, 36%. I don't want to do math, I just want to read!
We can agree to disagree on this if you think I am way off. I would love it if I could learn to read on an e-reader, but for now I will continue to be a book lover. And that means I will keep holding, smelling and turning actual pages as long as I can.
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