BTT: E-Book Schmee Book
With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.
How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
Ok, the bit about “that’s not what reading is about” made me giggle a little bit. I don’t think reading is “about” anything for a general whole. I think it’s all personal and for me, reading is holding a book in my hands and reading a story. I rarely read author commentary, Q&A or aknowledgements at the back of the book. I think, for me, reading is “about” the plain old story.
Now, with the advent, as you say, of blogging, I have the opportunity to read interviews and guest posts I wouldn’t otherwise but that feels, somehow, more personal than something similar tacked to the back of every single book. I think, still, though, books,, plain old books, are, for me, just that: books. I had a Nook but rarely used it. I read Net Galley stories but I do it only when I can’t whip out a book. I need my books. I don’t need them to talk to me or sing and dance to me or make out with me. I just like to hold them in my hands and read their pages.