September 2, 2010
Books vs. E-Readers
Of Two Minds About Books from the NYT.
See, I don't have a problem with e-readers. I don't understand people who have a problem with them. Maybe it's because I've seen Star Trek and know that captains of the Enterprise will still be reading Shakespeare in bound books. (Though I have heard reports from one of my favorite independent booksellers that people with e-readers can be pretty obnoxious about looking through the stacks and checking to see if the book is available on their e-reader). I'm even quite tempted by the new Kindle at that fabulous new low price. But the two things that have convinced me that I personally don't need one is the line "Walking to the library is still the most ecofriendly way to read" in the above poster and this article from the WSJ that makes me realize they're not really economical. At least for me. I mean I really can walk to my local library. And it's nice. And I just became a librarian for crying out loud, so I have plenty of books to read from my own school. I have no excuse!
Although I have taken to reading Treasure Island on My Lovely Bride's iPad. That's kinda fun...