Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What are you reading….on?

It’s become the question of the new century. No longer are we reading only hard cover or paperback….now we can read also on our smartphones, computers, laptops, MP3 players, tablets and dedicated readers. Each has its benefits and drawbacks.

Some people still prefer the feel of a book in their hands. A friend was telling me the other day she loves the bindings, the smell of the paper and ink and it’s part of the comfortable feeling of reading for her. Others find holding a traditional book can become uncomfortable or even painful after a while. But they don’t want to give up the joy of reading.

The various electronic ways of reading have their benefits and drawbacks as well. A desktop keeps you sitting in your office chair. A laptop is more portable, but still heavy compared to an ereader. A tablet like an iPad is very light and easy to hold, but more the size of a hardcover book. An MP3 player, iPod or smartphone is super-portable, but some find the screen small for reading. All these devices have a lot of glare on their screens if you want to sit outside on a nice day to read.

The new eInk readers like the Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader are light, portable, easy to tuck in a purse or commuter bag. They have dedicated bookstores and it’s quick and straightforward to download a new book. However, they’re not backlit, so low light presents a problem. However, there are lots of clip-on lights to get around that. Some people don’t want to have to buy another device to cart with them and there isn’t one yet under $100, so they’re not for everyone either.

Bottom line – find the device that works best for you and whether it’s traditional or the newest thing, keep on reading!!

Libby McKinmer
Romance with an edge
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Mark W. Danielson said...

No doubt there are advantages of e-readers -- particularly for those of us who travel, but I still prefer reading bound books.

Mike Dennis said...

I prefer books. Having said that, I just got an iPad. It solves the lighting problems (meaning you can read in bed or in low light) shared by all the other ereaders AND you can surf the net and get email. It's a great device. Also, when reading books, you swipe the screen and the page "turns" just like a real book.

I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Morgan Mandel said...

Kindle definitely is what works best for me. I've read 11 books on mine so far, and haven't had it that long! It is so convenient. Somehow I seem to stay more focused when I read it also, maybe because the layout is flat and easy on the eyes.

Morgan Mandel