In the past year I’ve read more than a hundred books in an electronic format, without really noticing any difference

I got a Kindle about this time last year (end of January 2010) and for a long time, I'd meant to post about it.

But the thing is...there's just not really that much to say. I mean, sure, I find the Kindle to be somewhat more convenient than paper books. Its lighter than a library. You never lose your page.  Etc.

But it's so strange to think that over thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, or who knows (other than my mom) however many years, I've read thousands of books in paper, and then over the course of a single year I largely switched to an electronic format...without really noticing any difference. I still read paper books all the time, of course. But when I'm reading e-books, I don't feel nostalgia for paper. And when I read paper books, I don't really feel exasperated and wish they were electronic. Overall, it was a fairly neutral transition.

Oh, I am also experimenting with shorter entries in between my longer ones. I think I am kind of getting the hang of it.

2 thoughts on “In the past year I’ve read more than a hundred books in an electronic format, without really noticing any difference

  1. Alex J. Kane

    I agree that there’s little noticeable difference, except maybe that the electronic format streamlines the reading experience a bit. Neither is inherently better, but each has its own strengths. Physical books are often produced to be quite beautiful, whereas ebooks are immaterial. But like you said, an entire library can be made weightless.

    It’s said that paper magazines have seen sales go up as a result of the rise in online journalism. I see no reason why the popularity of e-readers shouldn’t help revitalize the paperback industry, although bookstores may become something of an antiquity as the masses continue flocking to Amazon and B & N.

    So I still endeavor to support my local indie stores as much as possible. There’s something “magical” about browsing shelves, holding things in your hand…but of course that’s probably something that will die off with our generation.

  2. R. H. Kanakia

    I have come to have a newfound appreciation for indie bookstores ever since the Kindle made it possible to get millions of books at the drop of a hat. The constrained, yet idiosyncratic, selection of indy book stores does have charm. It makes browsing possible. All B&Ns and Borderses have pretty much the same books. Those are the same books (plus many more) that you can buy for the Kindle.

    Even large indy book stores have maybe a fifth as many books as a Borders, but there are oftentimes a fair number of surprises. Of course, used bookstores and library book sales over three times as many surprises at half the cost…and at least those are things that will be with us forever.

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