Electronic Readers: A do or don’t?

16 Oct

Every time I step into our home office, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of books that I have. They’re in cube units, they’re in a shelf on top of our desk, they’re lying in stacks on the floor, on the bed, and on the windowsill. It’s times like these where new electronic readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader are starting to look really appealing.
Amazon Kindle

Sony Reader
I’m all for an electronic device that aims to make reading more accessible, but I’m just not sure how I would feel about getting rid of my paper copies of certain works. Can an electronic device replace the feeling that I get from holding a physical book in my hands? Or am I being too sentimental?
How do you feel about these devices? If given the opportunity, would you buy one?
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6 Responses to “Electronic Readers: A do or don’t?”

  1. Michelle October 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    a don't for me. i've ordered ebooks before and read them through my computer but reading through a screen for a long time makes my eyes water. i don't know if it'll be a similar experience reading through one of these devices but i actually like having an actual book in my hands. i'm sentimental as well… i like turning pages and smelling that new (or old) book smell. i don't think reading would be the same through a machine.

  2. Amanda October 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    I'm totally torn on this too – being able to carry around my entire library sounds incredible. But then again, what happens to the beauty of cover art and the ethereal experience of turning pages…

  3. Lady Wise October 18, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    I am a student and I absolutely hate reading articles off a screen. I will always spend precious pennies printing them out rather than read from my laptop. There is also the issue that if you leave a book on the train, you can just buy it again pretty cheaply. You leave an e-reader on the train, and you're a couple of hundred quid out of pocket. They are, though, like you say, much more convenient. I work as a DJ in Edinburgh and as much as I would love to use vinyl in clubs, the fact is it's bulky, inconvenient and expensive. If the price on these things was to come down, I reckon I'd be tempted for those reasons alone. At it's current price though, it's more of a risk than a sensible investment.

  4. Jamie Lovely October 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    I like the idea, I guess. But I think I love my books too much. I love the smell of new books and turning pages. I don't think I could give that up!But I guess it would be great for traveling.

  5. Mel October 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    I have a kindle and I personally love it, but I understand where everyone else is coming from, they are expensive and I love to turn the pages of the books I read too. For me it was a matter of always being on the go and loving to read in my spare time. I'm accustomed to carrying a large purse so it fits in with all my things and I don't have to worry about pages tearing or bending the cover of a book. It's just much more convenient for me.

  6. Dave "Loose Cannon" Wills October 24, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    I have a Dell Axim that I still use. It's like 6 years old but it still works fine with .pdfs and .docs.I have a whole collection of novels saved that I can read anywhere. The cool thing is that most smartphones these days have applications that do the same thing. Like e-readers.

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