Thursday, June 16th 2011

Booking Through Thursday #3

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about books and reading.

This weeks question is…
“With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favourite movie.

How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?”

My answer…

When I first started this blog I made a post called “To Kindle or Not to Kindle… That is the question”. I’d just bought an Amazon Kindle and in the post I listed some of the advantages they have as well as disadvantages. I said then that I loved it so far and although this does remain the same, I do believe that an actual book is still preferable to me. I love the feel of a book in my hands and I love displaying the books I purchase on book shelves in my home. I purchased the Kindle for the main purpose of using it for my university course. Although I do like my Kindle and I see it as a useful tool which at times can make my life easier, I don’t think I would like it if it were high-tech. I had an iPhone and I tried to read books on the go with that however the colour distracted my reading, in that it didn’t feel as though I was reading a book at all. The kindle and other e-readers alike are great as they are and I feel any alteration which takes the reading experience even further away from what reading is all about, would mean I wouldn’t use the Kindle at all.

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