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Not Techno Savvy
January 28, 2010 - Amy Phelps
With the iPad coming out, I seem to keep having discussions with fellow blogger Art Smith about why I don't have some sort of ebook reader and why I'm hanging onto "dead trees." For one thing, books smell good. I can't explain it properly, but they do. But my major hang-up with those devices is that I spend too much of my life as it is on the computer due to work. I cannot spend anymore of it reading for hours on end on yet another computer screen. Art tells me these devices do something to try to simulate a paper page. And yet it's still a simulation. It's not a paper page. While I've not read a book on one of the ereaders, I have had to read pdfs of books before. And it's a chore. I would much rather read an actual book. I also cannot imagine cuddling up on the couch with my kids and reading one of their favorite picture books - on a computer screen.
Art has a point in that many book publishers will probably start going to pdf or some sort of electronic copy for book reviewers to read instead of going through the expense of delivering books otherwise. But I'm afraid I'm going to be a holdout on those devices for as long as possible.
It's cool people like them, and I'm sure it is nice to have your entire library in one small package. But I'm sticking with the dead trees for as long as I can.
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