23 August 2014

CONFESSION: What's the Hype About Type(d Words)?

Do you have an e-reading device? Do you know somebody who does? Okay.

Do you have a persistent, permanent hatred for e-reading devices? Does your heart beat faster with fury when the very concept of "electronic books" (those words sound disgusting upon your tongue) crosses into your mind? And then you try to force it out?

This just got a whole lot harder, then.

Like it or not, you and I are citizens of the 21st century. That means we have to tolerate electronic books, whether they take the form of Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook.

If you like electronic books, good for you. If not, I feel your pain.

In my opinion, books aren't "books" unless they're printed. If they're electronic, they're not true books . . . but they're still definitely stories.

According to Wikipedia:
"A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side."

I get it: e-readers are more convenient sometimes. They're thinner, you can change the font size or lighting options, and typically travel with them more easily than you can with a bulky book.

But I feel as though books are more authentic. And there's nothing quite like the feeling of ink-ridden beige-coloured pages beneath your fingertips. Besides, it feels more professional to walk around carrying a novel in the crook of your elbow than it does to do the same with an e-reader.

And, it's less risky to bring a book in public. Books cost far less than an e-reading device does (but, admittedly, books purchased on an e-reading device are usually less expensive) and therefore you'll have less of a crisis if your book is lost or stolen. (Unless you're emotionally attached to the book, which you could likely be. What kind of monster would steal another reader's book?!)

The most persuasive point I can make, too, is that e-readers come nowhere close to having that classic, alluring, captivating "new book smell."

Yes, I prefer printed books to electronic ones. I probably always will. I encourage my readers to select printed books before any other option. But, I try to not (even silently) criticize the first person I see holding an e-reading device.

So, welcome to the 21st century. Enjoy your stay.

Tell me in the comments: What do you think about e-reading devices? Do you use one? If not, would you consider using one?

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