I recently read an article in Reader’s Digest where journalist discussed that e-readers may be backlit and are able to carry hundreds of novels but will only ever be an expensive and soulless fad.
I read the article with great interest and how it presented strengths of real books, that they are far more attractive – they are vastly tactile, smell nice, carry memories and can have personal inscriptions and would never need a manual charger or develop technical faults and plus one can drop a book out of tenth floor.
But being a technophile – I like to try out new apps, watch films while travelling and Skype being the primary medium of me connecting with my family and friends in three different continents at the same time – I didn’t agree with the article. I am an avid reader living in a relatively small flat, fan of lightweight luggage and over the last six months I have completely switched from paperback to e-books and can I see them replacing books.
I also like the idea of finding and buying book online and start reading it a second later, highlighting and then exporting/saving it for future reference – so convenience is the key, atleast for me. Moreover, where the space is at a premium, a small device which lets you take 500 books on holiday (that it is a different debate altogether that who would need these many books!) sounds great to me. Recently, I have started to enjoy listening to audiobooks – it helps me multitask, like listening to The Fault In Our Stars while doing some uninteresting tasks like jogging, cooking etc.
What do you think will kindles ever replace proper books? Screen versus paper versus audio which side of the debate are you on?