Monday, February 23, 2009

Kindle v. Books

I love reading—the smell of a book, the way the weight shifts between your hands as you turn the pages. It is an escape from the modern world into characters and places sometimes unimaginable. The New Atlantis has an interesting take in its Fall 2008 issue on digitizing the book by use of Amazon's Kindle and other hand-held devices. 

While the idea seems cool, especially for those who often travel with too many books, I agree with much of Christine Rosen's opinions in her article "People of the Screen." I can attest that my version of reading digital copy is much different from sitting down and reading physical pages. The same can be said of newspapers and class assignments as well—to learn and read successfully, I have to be able to hold it in my hands. While I am all for technology and advances, and I don't have as much time as I'd like to pleasure read, I still believe in the value of sitting down and opening a book. I hope that others agree.

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