Thursday, June 16, 2011
Booking Through Thursday (7): All About Ebooks
This week's question is:
With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.
How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
Oh boy, call me a purist but when I want to read, I read. I don't want any of the fancy bells and whistles. I like using my own imagination when it comes to thinking about a book. I think these special features like video and music would take away from the experience of reading. If I want to listen to music or watch a video, I would do just that instead of reading.
The only reason that I own an ebook reader (my Kindle, which now that I have it, I love) is that I got it for a gift. I was very apprehensive to read on something that didn't feel like one of my beloved paper filled books. Ebook readers definitely have their place though. I commute a lot and it's nice for my commute and it's also very nice to travel with but I still don't think that I would be particularly interested in any of these so-called advanced features...
What say you?