May 31, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: e-books

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Booking Through Thursday
Do you read e-Books?
f so, how? On your computer, or a PDA?
Or are you a paper purist? Why?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

The only e-book I've read was The House of Mirth. It was a re-read for my book club. I have the book- somewhere- but with the move I'm lucky if I can find my head. Anyway... I read it on my computer through Sparknotes. House of Mirth is in the public domain and can found for free on the web. I found it difficult to read on the computer- the bright white background and I could never find my place.
I'm old fashioned when it comes to books. I like it to be a tactile experience, feel the book in my hands. I like to turn pages and use bookmarks. I like to carry a book around with me, put it in my purse, take it outside, that kind of thing. It's kind of hard to do that with a laptop.
I'm even new to audiobooks. I've only tried one, The Elements of Style, this year. It does have it's advantages and I wouldn't say no to an audiobook in the future.
So, while I'm not completely resistant to new book technology, I prefer the printed word to be on paper. Sorry trees.


  1. I love paper too much to part with it and the experience. It seems a bit foreign to me to read anything more than a novella or a short story on the computer.

  2. Hi Christina,
    I'm part of the books and writers forum. Just last week, I downloaded my first ebook. I used the ms reader software. It was much better than I had expected. This might be something that will take time adjusting too, but I wonder if it is the direction the literary world is headed.

  3. I love to curl up in my big chair with my books. And I can't take my computer with me everywhere I go.

  4. I'd really like to spare the trees, but after all, the e-book technology and gadget are WAY more petroleum-intensive, don't you think? (I'd like to think so!)

  5. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who prefers the "tactile experience".

  6. I'm the same way. I would much rather pick up a REAL book any day!

  7. I don't like reading books off the computer screen either. It's okay for shorter things.

  8. I'm glad I'm not the only "old-fashioned" one. I do like audiobooks for long car rides, though, if the reader is good. I especially like audiobooks for mysteries, so I can't skip to the end to see what happens. (That is a bad habit of mine.)

  9. Hi Chris, I agree with you. Nothing beats the feel and smell of books! Happy BTT!

  10. It's interesting to see everyone answering this in pretty much the same way. I wonder if ebooks become super cheap and easily available (the way songs for ipods have, for example) if we'll all change our ways eventually? I really can't see it, but there are a lot of new technologies I couldn't really see!

  11. Hello Chris, Happy BTT!

    I relate to most of the comments here. I'm open to technology, but at the end of the day, I still love my books! Paper will be my preference for many years to come. :)

  12. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. Reading the comments to my answer and the answers of other people has caused me to think about the question some more, and I've written a slightly longer post on my blog about it. It's here if your interested in reading it:

    Looking forward to reading more of your BTT answers!

  13. i agree about the e-books. it actually hurts my eyes to read off of a computer screen for an extended amount of time. my problem with audio books is that i like to think about what i've just read. so i find myself wandering off(mentally) during audio books and missing five minutes of dialogue.


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