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A Hotly Debated Tech Alert: Will You Be Taking Your iPad To Bed With You?

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A Hotly Debated Tech Alert: Will You Be Taking Your iPad To Bed With You?

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!

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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4:25PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thanks.

3:55PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

A few of my friends and I have already agreed to swap eReaders once we both have sufficiently large libraries. Not permanently of course, but for long enough to read a few of each other's favorite titles. I don't like that I can't donate my eBooks to a used file store, and it seems ridiculous that they cost almost as much as a new book, but the convenience factor is pretty hard to deny.

12:49AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Please, what are people going to do next? Make love to those things now? Technology is nice but whatevee happened to good old fashioned reliable paper publications? It's worked for generations, so why the hate all of a sudden?

8:07PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

I still want reading the paperback copy than an IPAD..I will miss my book under cuz I fell asleep while reading my favorite novel , nor I can reread my favorite lines when I wake up in the morning. Can u sleep with the IPAD on for the whole night?

6:09AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010

The NOOK from Barnes and Noble has an option that will allow you to share ebooks. None of the ereaders, though, will allow me to download books outside the US, which is bad for us ex-pats. And the ebooks don't have the delicious book smell. And what about borrowing from a library? I guess for now, I'm still going with the book.

2:24AM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

thanks for post

4:34PM PDT on Apr 15, 2010

To bed? You mean I can have sex with it too? Oh, but it's ELECTRONIC sex...hmmm

1:40AM PDT on Apr 15, 2010

The internet has been around for, what, fifteen years?, and there are probably tens of thousands of books available free of charge - including, most commendably, entire collections of "classics"... and yet, I don't know a single person who reads electronic books. The people I see reading in parks and on trains are either reading old-fashioned printed books, or they are concealing their electronic readers in the most ingenious way...

BTW, I - and most of the people I meet and associate with - actually "deal" in words for a living.
(And no, I do not work in a bookshop or a library or a publishing house.)




8:17PM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

I like books. I like technology, but nothing beats the way a book smells, the physicality of turning a page, and the art associated with the printed word. It's like hand drawn art versus something on the web... I still want to see the work in person.

5:30PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

Now I guess I'll file for bankruptcy because I bought iPads and now I don't have any money left to pay my utilities. Or maybe I could go down to Borders and buy a book for ten or twenty bucks. Hmmm...what do you think??

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