Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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 ereaders. 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 or Playbook is very light and easy to hold, but more the size of a hardcover book. An MP3 player, iPod Touch 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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Morgan Mandel said...

Using my kindle 3 mostly but sometimes printed.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I have a Nook but I mostly use it for books that are only available in e-format. Given the choice, I still prefer a printed book.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Seems like your post is actually---HOW ARE YOU READING? What are you reading has always been the question for many of us and is not a new question.

As to what I am reading--I am reading FLANK HAWK by Terry Ervin. A fantasy novel set in the future with a very distinctive paperback cover.

I just finished the TOP SUSPENSE anthology after reading it through the kindle for pc program. Review on my blog along with Barry Ergang's review of it.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Im a bibliophile with some 5,000 books in my home library and they're running us out of living space, so in desperation we bought two Kindles. I like the feel of a print book but the Kindle is a God send and I love the convenience of instantly downloading any book without driving in bad weather to buy it.