Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What are you reading….on?

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!!


Pauline B Jones said...

yes, reading is the important part, not what you read on (thought I prefer my kindle, then my iphone, and last, but not least, my iPad. Okay, so I'm a bit techie at least I'm reading!)

Pauline B Jones said...

P.S. I also have an older Sony Reader and an ebookwise i use for editing. I did say i was techie, didn't i?

Ginger Simpson said...

I'm one of those people who never thought they would find any reader to take the place of a real book, but let me tell you....I'm a Kindle fan...I absolutely love my new Kindle and I've already read several books on it. The ease of turning pages, the light weight, the tech friendly instructions...I'm totally awed by this little machine. I just received three paperback books to be reviewed for Historical Novel Reviews, and I'm bemoaning the fact that they aren't ebooks. Shocking? Yes...even to me.

I got the $139 version of Kindle, and I can't recommend it enough. I've even been known to whip it out and demonstrate it for those who haven't seen one. Kindle should pay me for my hearty endorsements. *lol*

Sally_Odgers said...

I read paper books or audio books. I like the latter for when I'm out walking. I read a lot of manuscripts on screen, and after hours of that I prefer not to read for leisure that way.