A while back, there was a series of strips about a man in the library with an e-book reader. The strips' take was... not favorable.
I got a Kindle for my birthday several months back. To me, it's like a thing out of legend. (An idea reflected in the rather neat handcrafted Kindle cover I purchased on Etsy.) I open it, and I can magically summon almost any book, the single page rewriting itself to become the proper text. I carry with me in one lightweight package a library of thousand-page tomes, short stories, and everything in between. Thanks to sites like Project Gutenberg and MobileRead, I have the classics - thousands and thousands of them - freely available at my fingertips.
And, of course, there are other perks. Instant, pop-up dictionary definitions on request. Mobile internet access - email, encyclopedias, information of all kinds. Also, Minesweeper and now GoMoku (Easter Eggs in the Kindle software).
My sister, on the other hand, hates the thing. It's not a proper book. You can't feel the pages. You don't get the real experience in the ancient and sacred tradition. You get a computerized simulation. Another step towards electronics taking over our way of life. And my access to the Gutenberg library has kept me from making trips to our actual, rather exceptional hometown library. I must admit she has some valid points.
Too, it's expensive. And, really, I can, in theory, just as easily download and read e-books on my laptop.
There's more to be said, I'm sure. What's your take?
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