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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shifting paradigms, again

I resisted the move to e-books for a long time. A couple of years ago, I tried reading a few on my iPhone, using the best e-reader out there, Stanza. I got used to reading on the small screen, and actually appreciated the portability and convenience of the medium, especially when traveling. However, I still liked the tactile sensation of reading a dead-tree book: the feel of the paper, the smell of the ink, the back cover with the synopsis.

Then came the iPad, and the Kindle reader app (along with Stanza, of course). I read several e-books over the past few months, and began to appreciate the elegance and simplicity of the iPad as a reading device.

Recently, I started reading the second volume of Scott Westerfeld's steampunk trilogy--Behemoth--in preparation for the release of the third volume this week. The book is a hardback version, complete with dust jacket, but when I picked it up, opened it, and began turning pages, it felt--strange. I was even mildly annoyed by the overly stiff binding and the fact that I had to wrestle with the book, holding it in two hands, for the pages to lay flat enough for me to read them.

Sometimes, it takes a while to leave familiar worlds and explore new ones. I still miss the back cover and synopsis, but I'm learning to live without them.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


Stratoz said...

interesting how you have adapted. I have yet to explore the concept, but I know an iPad is in our future

kdoyle said...

It took a while...change is slow but inevitable.

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