To iPad or not to iPad…that is the question. Is it nobler to have love and lost, or never to have loved at all? What could possibly be lost from this nifty new gadget other than its unfortunate name. Innocence? Oh, there’s probably an app for that.
No, really…will these new electronic readers be the demise of the demure book?
Valentine’s Day is coming and it would be a perfect occasion for my honey to give me the new iPad. They are such beautiful electronic specimens. I am sure it will be love at first touch.
See, my whole family are Mac people. You can spot us a mile away. You’ve no doubt seen the ads, so there’s no need to elaborate. New Mac products come out and we’re abuzz with techie tunes. Please don’t go throwing your PC’s at me. Bill Gates will always get my humanitarian points for putting his money where his mouth is, but I’ll keep my nicely designed, green electronic whiz kid computer.
Steve Jobs positioned that the iPad will be the best device for certain kinds of computing, like browsing the Web, reading ebooks and playing videos. Reading ebooks?
When the Kindle announced that it would revolutionize the way we read, and it did (Amazon sold more Kindles over the holidays than anything else), I was mildly interested. But, this new Mac super-baby seems like it could leap over tall buildings in a single bound. The tablet device runs iPhone applications and will have Apple’s own app called iBooks, which will connect to a new online e-bookstore.
The pros and cons of reading on a hand held electronic reading device vs. books are hotly debated. Let’s join in!
Top Three Reasons to Read on an Electronic Device:
1. Your library is portable.
The best part about an ebook reader is that you can carry so many books with you at once. It has revolutionized long train commutes and you may never get out of your beach chair on vacation.
2. The environmental impact is less.
You don’t have to kill a few trees for each book, and let’s not even talk about the ink. Recycling paper only goes so far.
3. Getting books is a breeze.
It is convenient. Kindle’s Whispersync lets you download a book quickly. No more trudging to the library or driving to the bookstore. Mac will have their own e-bookstore too.
Top Three Reasons To Read a Paper Book:
1. Books are powerless.
Books don’t need power to function making them easy travel companions in places you can’t plug in.
2. Books don’t die and computers do.
Once you drop your prized electronic love in the tub, it’s gone (or very expensive to bring back to life). Books will dry out and outlast a computer if they are taken care of.
3. Books can be shared.
When you buy an e-book, it is yours forever, you can’t resell or let a friend borrow it. Well, I guess you could share your i-Pad (OK, Kindle too), but would you?
I am adding another vote for reading books. Actually, my biggest concern in this whole debate is already happening – the decline of the print industry. The rise of the handy Kindle and the soon to be cuddled iPad (sigh), have already had an adverse impact on newspapers, textbook companies, publishing houses and magazines. While these companies are working hard to catch up with their own technologies, many will expire trying.
OK, I am coming down to earth. Although a bit star-struck, I am ready to put my selfish love of new tech toys aside for a strong tactile love of books.
Love at first touch? Let’s hear it: book lover or eco-electronic reader? (Please, can both live in perfect harmony?) At the end of the day it might come down to this:
Would you rather get into bed with an iPad or a book?
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