Tuesday, August 3, 2010
When it comes to e-anything, we're usually right out in front with the Beta products. We still have movies on the big laser disks that came and went in the eighties. A couple of years ago I asked my husband to print out some photos of my miniatures so I could make an album to take to signings. I was picturing a booklet with plastic sleeves and a colorful cover from the card shop. He came through with a digital frame, before I knew they existed and long before they were popular.
So you'd expect me to have some kind of e-reader, but I don't. Not because I love the feel of a book; plastic feels just as good to me. And I seldom smell my books, so that's not a problem. And I'm certainly not a nostalgia buff—I miss very little about past decades, except perhaps The Perry Como Show and Chelsea Clinton as a child.
The e-advantages of having immediate gratification when I want a book NOW, and being able to carry an enormous number of books for the size of one, are very appealing. So what's the hold-up?
For some reason I'm waiting for the perfect e-reader. As soon as I zero in on one, I hear about a glare on the screen or a jerky page turning function, and I pull back.
I think it says something about my decision-making strategy, or lack thereof. Usually my husband makes the e-decisions, but I'm the main reader in the family, so it's up to me.
Just as I was resigning myself to the fact that I'd have to do the research myself, one of my students came through. I teach a class in "Science, Technology, and Cultural Change" and the lovely A. S. chose e-readers as the topic of her paper this term.
Between her paper and Joanna's blog yesterday, I may be zeroing in on yet another device that requires a charging cord and finger dexterity.
Then I'll be able to justify at least $13000 worth of e-books.