This week, we have a poll for all the book readers out there. Do you still buy books in print, or have you moved on to an eReader, tablet or other electronic reading device? Which do you prefer?
I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately. It helps to pass the time during my daily subway commute. As I stand (or sit) clutching my paperback in a sea of Kindles, iPads and other electronic reading gadgets, I have to wonder if I’m a dinosaur. I have no problem surfing the web or watching a video on my smartphone. In fact, my new phone has a large enough screen that reading a book would probably be fairly comfortable (much more so than my last phone). Yet I still find myself gravitating toward buying books in print, even though I know that storing a huge library of books on one compact device would be a lot more convenient.
Much has been written by others about the tactile pleasure of flipping pages on paper, but I don’t think that’s my reason. I just like to own and collect things like books, and media stored electronically feels transitory and disposable. Is that weird? Maybe. I don’t pretend to be rational about this.
Am I missing the boat on this? Has switching to an eReader or tablet changed your life for the better?
You may vote for more than one option in this poll if you read by multiple methods.