Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Book it

As i type this I'm half watching something on TV  about electronic books. Someone once lent me one of those Kindle readers for a couple of days. I think they were bored with it because i was told i didn't need to rush to return it. I can understand why.

What a horrible little plastic thing it is. I'm gonna sound like my dad here, but i like the feel and smell of a proper book. Especially a new one. I like to see how many pages I've got through and feel the satisfaction of seeing one side fill up whilst the other goes down. The weight of the thing, the texture, the sound it makes when you turn the page. The colours of the pictures. In fact everything about a book that makes it a book.
Reading a kindle was like surfing the net. I got bored after a bit. It's OK in small doses, But not for me.

Is this what happens to people as they get older ? I'll be complaining about saving my stuff on a hard drive rather than the cloud next. Bring back MP3 players that's what i say. These young 'uns don't know what they're missing.

Bit of a busy week this week. I'm trying to put up my tree, visit half a dozen relatives  to give out birthday cards (why are so many people i know born in December?) and arrange a party for this weekend ;-)))

5 comments:

naturgesetz said...

Well, books are different from reading things on a screen, and I don't think age has anything to do with preferring them to an electronic screen. The electronic devices can be easier to carry around and read on the bus, perhaps; and being able to get somethings more or less immediately can be useful at times, but you're certainly not the only one who likes the feel of a book (or a newspaper).

Cute Dead Boys said...

I agree with what you said about how a book feels in your hands...........

Paul said...

Personally I love the ability to carry hundreds of books around with me. I use an ebook reader app on my android phone. It's much easier to read books this way than physically hold them. I still buy "dead tree" books as well though. (Agreeing with your Dad is a true sign of getting older,)

Vilges Suola said...

I agree absolutely about books. I can't read from a screen - when I come across an online article I want to read carefully, I print it. It's a pity I have had to ditch so many books when moving from place to place. I've amassed nearly 600 since I returned to the UK six years ago, and they'll be a bugger to transfer to my next place, but I'm hanging on to them this time.

Adventures In Gay Dating said...

I work for Barnes & Noble and sell Nooks (e-reader)all day long. Trust me, you're not alone in how you feel about e-readers. I have quite a few customers tell me that they hate them and they want an actual, real, physical book. I will say this, reading on one takes some getting used to and usually after you get through the first book it begins to feel more like reading a regular book.