Wednesday, 3 March 2010

books

today, on the bus, there was a man with an e-reader. oh, how I stared and stared. see, I've heard a lot about them but I'd never actually seen one before, and now I have I think I am even more dubious than I was before.

these are my reasons...

  • when you're reading, and you need to flick back a few pages, how do you keep your place with one hand, whilst finding whatever you needed to find with the other?
  • what do you do when you need to put your book away, and read something else for a bit? but you need to keep your place in the book you're reading, because you don't want to put it away forever, just for now
  • I doubt an e-reader would survive if you dropped it in the bath (not that I have ever dropped a book in the bath, but I had never dropped anything on my glass-topped coffee table until I was holding something heavy enough to break it)
  • I won't be able to buy e-books in charity shops for £1, which will mean I will not discover as many new authors
  • I won't be able to take e-books back to Barter Books and swap them for credits to buy more books
  • I won't be able to sit cross legged in front of my bookcases and choose what to read next
  • how do you wrap up your favourite e-book and give it to someone you love as a present?
on the plus side, I would have a lot more space in the flat...

2 comments:

MrsP said...

What is an e-book?
I imagine you can't bookcross an e-book.

Overdue said...

AND you can't take them to the beach because you'll get sand in them and anyway you can't see a computer screen in bright sunlight. AND I like that my house is coming down with books. What would I put on my shelves otherwise? Porcelein shepherdesses? Novelty teapots? Ugh.