CNN Video on new Digital Book Reader
Though this isn’t a new concept, or a terribly insightful video, I was inspired to re-examine just what books meant to me. In the video, the presenter seemed to equate books with extremely cumbersome, dust-gathering, out-dated tomes. The truth is that analog books have an aesthetic all their own.
As I ride to work, it may be easier to pull out an Ereader or Kindle and browse through hundreds of selections, but I feel I might miss the sensation of just turning a page. The way that the type situates itself on the page can be an interesting exploration. Nevermind the wonderful sound of a well worn hardcover closing.
This is not to say that I am not intrigued by digital readers, I am; in fact I would love to be a guinea pig for any company looking to get feedback from a librarian. (Shameless plugging for goods there.) I am curious as to how my reading habits would change from traditional books to the change in container a digital reader would provide. I am equally curious as to how library users in an academic setting feel about electronic books. I hope to get some answers in a future study, but for now will feel content with the dusty 5 million volumes that I walk through everyday.