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“Choosing to Read 3.5 Inches at a Time”

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

This article was chock-full of quotes from executives in the digital reading industry or NY commuters who take trains and subways, so most of the comments were supportive of the new technologies that provide books on handheld devices.

Some mention of “issues of cost, convenience and eye strain” made me feel a little more balanced about the whole thing.

I generally don’t like the idea of digitial readers because it seems very uncomfortable. It also perpetuates the disconnect of human interaction in daily living. However, if I could get all of my 90-pound textbooks on my BlackBerry, I surely wouldn’t complain.

Like most media, I don’t expect a complete takeover of the printed page by the iPhone, just a supplemental service.

The allure of a real book is pretty darn powerful. And as a father of three points out, a little gadget isn’t gong to provide the reading impetus to kids that a book can.

“I remember pilfering my parents’ shelves, and if everything is on the iPhone, he’s just not going to have that visual temptation. So we keep the shelves loaded,” he said.

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