Thursday, 29 January 2009

Booking through Thursday

Something a little different today–
First. Go read this great article from Time Magazine:
Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature. (Well worth reading.)
Second. Stop and think about it for moment. Computers and digital media are changing everything we do these days, whether we realize it or not, and that includes our beloved books.
To be different, today, I’d love to see a discussion here, in the comments, rather than scattered amongst all our separate blogs. Because this is an issue that affects ALL of us, and I’d really like to see us hash out the merits and demerits of this evolution.
Tell us what you think. Do you have an ebook reader? Do you read ebooks on your computer? Do you hate the very thought? How do you feel about the fact that book publishing is changing and facing much the same existential dilemma as the music industry upon the creation of MP3s?
Having read the mentioned article I am still not convinced. My preference is paper. I may be an old 'dinosaur' but the feel of paper between my fingers is a lot more comfy than a piece of technology. As I write this post I am facing one of the many book cases in the house. As a piece of furniture I could display on it other items, for example ornaments . However I don't think these trinkets would create conversation in the same way. When I peruse bookcases in friend's houses there is always a good conversation following. The book cover, type and colour all help to spark interest and these would all be lost in e-books.
Now although I have read the highlighted article I am not an expert on e-books so here's a question for someone 'How do I lend my individual e-books to friends?'There probably is a way to do this and I am interested in the procedure.
To follow the discussion go



Miss 376 said...

I much prefer proper books, can't take an e-book in the bath with me

Diane said...

Likewise, how can you cuddle down in bed with a computer!!! Or on the bus or train, or waiting for an appointment.
I do read a good bit on the computer like news stories, but I can't see me reading an e-book.