I am not a luddite

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Let’s ignore, for a moment, all the issues currently being discussed about the Kindle and other e-Readers. A kindle, no matter how awesome the e-ink could be, is not a book. It will never have heft, texture and smell of a book.

This weekend, where I spent multiples of hours reading on a hammock, I was in heaven. I cannot even begin to comprehend how that would have worked with an eReader. It is not a question of contrast–I’m sure I could set it so I could read outside–or battery life. The actual feeling of the paper book in my hand added a level of comfort no gadget could provide.

One day, I may enjoy a kindle–for Newspapers and Magazines–but until the device can actually FEEL like a book, I won’t bother with it.

5 thoughts on “I am not a luddite

  1. Amen. I like have eBooks on my phone or my computer, when I’m stuck somewhere where lugging a book isn’t feasible. However, there’s a reason that 2/3 of what I own are books. Seriously.

  2. Right there with you. I’d love a good eBook reader for the convenience on long trips (airplane trips with Nublet, God help me…) but for everyday everything, I’ve gotta have paper. Paperbacks are wonderful for, say, reading one-handed while cooking (not that I would’ve EVER done that), and I have several “comfort books” where a large part of the comfort is their physical weight and texture. Not to mention things like the Bible I got when I was six, with an inscription from the pastor that *still* encourages me, or the book my mom gave me for high school graduation. EBooks are handy, but don’t quite “fill me up”.

  3. Hm. You might be a bit of a luddite. I doubt that a generation that uses mostly an e-reader in their youth will have this same hang up. While I admit that I abstractly favor the heft and feel of a real book, those are considerations that never emerge while actually reading. If they can produce an e-reader that is easy on my eyes, I think I’d start to switch over. Still, an e-reader would also vastly change the economics of books, and would never effectively replace my beloved library.

  4. How about NOT reading magazines on Kindle? Huh, asshole? Lest you forget where I work? GEESH!!!
    Read magazines as they were meant to be read. On PAPER.
    Geesh. Again, I say.

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