Posts tagged ‘eBooks’

September 19, 2011

Instant Book Downloading

I often think that I would be better off if I could download a book straight into my head and experience it in a second, so I didn’t have the long haul of page turning and carrying it around. Also I’d get few a fair few more books.

When I thought about it longer I decided that half the point of reading a book is to deliberate over it and spend time with it, get to know characters, think about the story while you’re away from the book. You’d miss those things if you had an instant book download.

Another one of my “good” ideas which I quickly see the downside of.

I think that instant book downloading will be after ebooks but before facebook becomes a human organ that we can’t live with out.

September 1, 2011

eBooks are Killing Paper

I haven’t got an Android or iPad or that, but I will confess before I write more, that I would like a kindle. To read eBooks. Because it looks good and I read too many books to carry around at once.

BUT I like the feel of a book. Like paper, and the smell of a new book, the odour of an old one. A hefty hardback is one of the most satisfying things to hold. To have the actual copy of a book is to own that copy. Once you’ve spent the required time with the novel you feel a little attached to it (I don’t, I’m just thinking for anyone else). You get to turn the pages (hence the term “page turner”, not “finger slide across the screen-er”). You can read any page you choose in a second.

You can call eBooks the new format if you want. They shouldn’t replace actual books. The Novel form is fairly new. Before the Novel fiction was recorded in epistolary novels (letters) and journal accounts. So a novel in a book used to be the “eBook” of its day.

eBooks look alright, but I wouldn’t give up having the paper in my hand.