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September 3, 2010

It's an Electronic Reader, Not a Vegetable!

The other day I was mulling over the frustration of not being able to get my kids to eat vegetables when I thought about some of the reluctance I come across when people unfamiliar with e-readers are approached about them. Some folks are so stubborn at the thought of reading a book electronically, they remind me of my kids at dinner. Rather than explore the options of different readers, or just take a taste and try reading a short story on a computer or hand-held device, they declare they are too old-fashioned or unable to work such modern gizmos. Some screw up their faces like a kid with a plate of greens in front of him. For Peter's sake, print books aren't going anywhere, but the efficiency and convince of e-books are here to stay, and things will only get better. And easier. I think the next time someone makes a face when I tell them I publish electronically, I'm going to hand them a can of spinach.

4 comments:

Linda Swift said...

Danielle, you are talking to me on this one! But I am shopping and asking questions and one of these days I'm going to buy one of those new-fangled things?
Linda

Danielle Thorne said...

haha--Linda, my mom came to visit and I handed her my reader and she read for two days. And she can't send an email. They really are light and nice to have. I think most are easy to use and the prices are just dropping like crazy right now. Unless you want an i-Pad!

Stuart Aken said...

It's not the idea of the device that stops me at present, but the cost, reliability and variety of formats. I'd like to see an industry standard before I invest and then I'll have one crammed full of reference works that I wouldn't otherwise be able to store on my limited shelf space.

Danielle Thorne said...

@Stuart --I know you're right to a certain degree but we are getting so much closer to that, and I'm not sure there will ever be one industry standard so it may be like waiting for pigs to fly. I think the PDF is so common now it's abt as close as we'll get. I haven't bought an ebook download that didn't offer a PDF or know of a reader that won't open a PDF. Not in a very long time-year or two. I have a Sony reader which has it's own file type, too, but it still opens PDF with no problem. My i-Phone will open a PDF in an email or from an ebook app. So really, we are almost there.