Thursday, April 5, 2012
Apparently, I'm Not Alone In E-Reader Reluctantness
And this isn't some publishing biz post about the whole print-versus-e-format fight, because I don't really think there's anything to fight about--but that's for another time. I just don't like reading on a tablet. Reasons:
1. The thing only tells me I'm so many percentages into my book. I want to know what page I'm on. How else am I going to brag?
2. I can't tell if it skipped a page. My youngest and I were reading her favorite Mallory series book, and it just jumped to a page that made no sense. We tried to fix it, flipped back-and-forth a couple times, but after a minute or two, my girl just handed the e-reader back with a sigh. "I like the books better, Mom."
3. No pretty cover for the books. I know, I'm shallow, but I'm going with it. Covers are cool. And illustrations are also lost on the easy-on-the-eyes e-reader screen, which is probably why parents prefer print over e-format for picturebooks.
4. Nowhere to stick my bookmarks. Also shallow, I'm aware.
5. There's no cool book smell.
Note that all of these reasons could stem from my inability to adapt to new things, particularly of an electronic nature. But I like my 'real' books.
Help me out, YA Sleutheri. Make me love my newfangled e-reader. What am I doing wrong?