I have memories from when I was younger every Saturday morning being taken into town so that my mother could change her library book. Without fail we would be there, I sat in the children’s section pouring over the works of Roald Dahl while my mother sourced her next murder mystery.
As with most of us, books have played such a large part in our lives, right through school and into adulthood. But with technology increasing at an almost abnormal rate are we starting to see the beginning of the end for our paper enveloped companions?
With the introduction of e-Readers from the likes of Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble with its Nook and of course the ever-present iPad from Apple, are places like libraries going to become things of the past. This question has been pondered by Michael Hiltzik of the L.A.Times.
Out of the three, the iPad stands out as more of an entertainment device, with its huge range of applications, web access and ability to play movies and music, it doesn’t really lend itself fully to the concept of a reading device. Don’t get me wrong it copes very well but as Hiltzik mentions, the distraction to divert from your novel can be all too easy.
Bringing the Nook into play and we find some similar issues that are suffered by the iPad. While cheaper and lighter than the Apple device, the screen back-lit display can be too bright for a long session. Barnes & Noble recognise this by highlighting the suitability of children’s books, where pictures and colour have more impact.
So that just leaves the Kindle from Amazon, possibly the most dedicated of the e-readers. With the matte black-and-white E Ink display, the letters float on top with a sharpness that can make reading easy on the eyes. You won’t be distracted by 101 apps or the temptation to carry on watching the latest downloaded film title. Kindle promotes itself to dedicated readers and although has it’s little niggles, with the advances in E Ink displays and e-books more and more will be switching to e-readers.
Let us know if you have been converted into the electronic age on books, or are you still an avid page-turner?
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