So I’ve come across a book in the shelves of a local bookstore which I’ve purchased in Kindle format from Amazon and was reading on my iPod, and I felt something tug at my heart. The brand new book was P200 more expensive than the Kindle format but I felt that had I known that the book would be available on the shelves locally, I would have much preferred an actual book, rather an e-book.
This is not to say that the books in Kindle format are not revolutionary or worthwhile. I’m sure that it would be a means to save a lot of trees from becoming book paper and would definitely be one step forward in fighting global warming.
It is just simply, after the novelty of having more books at our fingertips in electronic format, I seem to prefer to go back to the basics… to have my fingers come in contact with the printed page and be able to smell the pages in the book… there’s nothing quite like it.
There’s also something cozy about being able to use a bookmark to mark where we have paused while reading. This is harder to do with electronic books.
There is something almost intimate about being able to hold a printed book in one’s hands and coming in contact with the pages – flipping through them and enjoying the connection with the words on the page.
In having said all this, I leave room for the possibility that perhaps reading the Kindle format books on the actual Kindle device might actually change my mind.
(c) Niconica 2010