Hard reading or soft reading?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009



Do you mind reading on the computer screen or better still, on your cellphone? Or would you rather read a real page-turning paper-crisp bound book?

I cannot decide.

I like to hold a real book in my hands, savour its story as I take in the aroma and sound of paper as I flip the pages.

But on the other hand, I like to have all my books with me at all times so that I can whip any one of them up and read it on the go.

I usually travel or commute with at least a book with me, to fill in the pockets of time and to get my reading going. On the flipside, I have also uploaded journal articles into my cellphone and I have by now gotten very used to reading on that thing.

My frustration is this: I could not find a better way to convert my books so that I can read them on my phone.

Any suggestions?

Buy e-books? Oh no! That is almost sacrilegious. Looks like whilst I am quite a techy, I am just not that techy yet.

pearlie
Photo from: Amazon Kindle 2

p/s links to some cool reads about e-books:
> How the Kindle and Its Kin Will Reduce Book Sales
> ebooks and the iPhone
> An optimistic observation for publishers around ebooks

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9 comment(s)

  1. I like the feel of touching books, smelling them, writing notes on them, while reading...

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  2. Give me a book!!! I do not like to read on the computer except blogs & e-mails and a topic I want to find info on. No techy here!

    Besides you can't line your bookshelves with all those interesting book!!!
    Susan

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  3. 不肖生 Sceptics,
    Exactly, same here, plus the fact like what Susan said, lining them up on the shelves as well -- but time may change things.

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  4. Susan,
    Me too - anytime! But I do have all 58 Word commentaries to various books of the bible in softcopy in my PC. Wish I could line my shelves with all the volumes but what I have instead is a small little box in a corner in my shelf -- safe space though! :D

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  5. I rather curl up with a paperback anytime :P

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  6. I still prefer paper to anything digital. As you've mentioned, the feel and smell of the book cannot be replaced. Now if only e-books have those features :).

    But on the traveling side, the cons outweigh the pros for paper bound books in terms of the possibility of carrying volumes with you. If i do travel i'd have to really choose the right book to carry with me (although i my hope would be to carry the book load!)

    But i think things like kindle do help in situations such as traveling. But only in that case for me. But I would still stick to the old fashioned way...paper books still rule.

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  7. Melissa,
    I can also curl up with my cellphone and also read in the dark :P

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  8. Tremonti,
    Hmm...maybe the new gadgets would be designed to emit paper aroma soon!

    The Kindle first appealed to me, but I'd rather not carry so many stuff. I used to carry a cellphone and a PDA, but after I got a phone that can do some stuff the PDA can (at that time, hybrids are not 'there' yet), I dropped the PDA.

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  9. Curling up with ur cellphone is hazardous! :P Where's the fun? Would we ever review a book and say it is a "page turner" anymore? Hehe. I love paperback and will only resort to e-book upon having no other choice. :)

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