I read a lot of books. Every time I want to learn something new, take a break from reality, expand my perspectives or just veg – I reach for a book. Reading isn’t just about the words on a page – it is the tactile experience of turning a page, feeling the paper and inhaling the scent of a BOOK.
For someone who loves technology as much as I do, that probably seems incongruent, but when it comes to books I am a Luddite. I’ve never cared for reading long articles on the computer and printed out reams of documents while in graduate school.
So why is this an issue? For my birthday, my in-laws have ordered me a Kindle. My husband is already a convert after downloading several books to his netbook. I have my doubts. What if I drop it in the bathtub? What if I don’t like reading off the screen? What if I forget to charge it before a long plane ride?
I’ll admit, the idea of being able to carry an entire library with me has benefits. I might not have to add any more bookcases to house the perpetually growing stacks of reading material. I could actually carry another change of clothing when I travel without the 4 books I usually pack.
And yet there is that pesky issue of habit and the comfort of pages turning. What do you think about e-readers? Have you used them? Do you like them? What do I need to know that will help me enjoy the experience?