No, there’s no typo in the heading. This is about electronic readers, which are all the rage. My sister-in-law , an avid reader of Christian fiction, recently bought one and loves it. I don’t have one yet, but they intrigue me as I can see a number of advantages to the Kindles and Nooks and other brands. I also see disadvantages, which make me pause. I’ve made a list below. Maybe you can come up with others.
- You can download a book at any hour instead of making a trip to the bookstore. (And in these days of high gas prices, that is a true advantage.)
- You don’t have to find a place to store the piles of books you’ve purchased. They’re all right there on a flat little machine.
- You can highlight and make notes without feeling like you’re desecrating the pages of a print book.
- Many books can be read for little or no money.
- You can take it just about anywhere. It’s always at your fingertips. Rather than packing two or three books in your luggage to take on vacation, you can slide the e-reader into a large purse or tote.
- I think I’d miss browsing that brick and mortar bookstore, roaming the aisles and seeing the displays, checking out the various section titles—yeah, I find that interesting.
- While finding a place to store a new book can become difficult, I love glancing at my bookcases and seeing the colorful spines all lined up in alphabetical order by author. (Yipes. Is that a pride thing?)
- I may not choose to write on and mess up a printed page, but I appreciate the feel of the paper and seeing the covers, running my hand over embossed titles. It’s almost like the difference between seeing a stage play and watching a movie.
- I find a number of recent books on the clearance racks of the big bookstores—sorry fellow authors—and in outlet stores. Then, there are libraries. I’m fortunate in that mine has a large selection of Christian fiction. Still, if I want to read a certain book by a certain time, odds are I’ll have to buy it at full price.
- It’s one more device that needs to be recharged.
- I could lose it anywhere. If I lose a book, I’m not out much money. If I lost an e-reader…
What Say You?
Do you own an e-reader? Do you refuse to own one? Are you concerned that print books will go the way of the long-play record album? What other advantages or disadvantages do you know of? Is there anything you would like to suggest to e-reader manufacturers?
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