Wednesday, June 23, 2010
To E or not to E ? that is the question
Having some time on my hands recently & spending that time constructively i.e. checking out Book blogs, I’ve noticed that this question keeps popping up in one guise or another - should I get an E-reader/kindle/Sony etc, or are books as solid objects better?
Now for me this is a strange situation, I’ll stick my hands up I love GADGETS, I have my 32 gig creative Zen x-fi, my Nokia smart phone, my laptop, & I’m thinking about an I-PAD, in short I LOVE GADGETS.
So it should be easy, nip down the shops/order online,load it up & away I go with my electronic book,
I’ll have read The Complete works of Shakespeare by suppertime on to all western literature by bedtime.
But, there's something about holding a book,turning those pages, the smell of a new book & the smell of an old one. There’s the weight and the solid presence of something that's filled with dreams, fairytales, ideas that float above the surface, that seep into your thoughts & feelings.
Whether you would still feel this way with something like an E-reader,I don’t know, personally I doubt it, don’t get me wrong I can see their uses, brilliant for travellers, ideal if your away from home for short periods of time. Maybe for all my love of gadgetry I’m a Luddite. Yet books, solid, pristine, torn & battered, finding books with old bookmarks or notes inside - there’s just something about them, about the ritual of positioning yourself, finding the page & settling down for a period of time that can’t be replaced by a gadget.