There are many reasons why I will never own an eReader or successfully finish an eBook or use a tablet as an eReader. The main reason is that I’m easily distracted. Currently, I’m reading an advance copy of American Rose (Published Dec 28, 2010). It’s a biography of the infamous Gypsy Rose Lee. As I read it, I want to know more. If I were reading it on an electronic device, I would be so distracted finding online content to enhance what I’ve read that it would take me weeks to finish it (let’s be honest – this is most likely to happen on an iPad vs a Kindle or Nook, but I’m lumping them all in one category because it’s an electronic device and I would be distracted by all the other options on any of them).
That does lead me to another point – I love the web. I love book websites. I love the extra content that is available. I’m not saying eReaders and tablets are not useful. If I had an iPad, I would use it; but I have a laptop and it works just fine for any research I need to do that involves the book I’m reading (if I sat in coffee shops with my laptop, I might consider something smaller). I’m not about to go spend $500+ on something that is simply replacing another expensive piece of technology (or to play Angry Birds). Between my phone and my laptop, I’m good.
More about the book:
The New York Times review was less than glowing (as was the LA Times review); however, I like the book. I’m about halfway through it and at first the switch from Gypsy’s childhood back to adulthood and back again was confusing. At times I wasn’t sure why some folks were mentioned, but it seems to be all tying together. Of course, the website is lovely because it offers video and more photos (I want even more). Multimedia is good, especially when it comes to reading history (fiction or nonfiction).
Good posts re: eReaders & eBooks & libraries (by folks smarter than me):
Closed Stacks – What an eReader Can’t Do
Librarian in Black – Why I am a library traitor…
Go To Hellman – 2010 Summary: Libraries are Still Screwed
Librarian by Day – eBooks and eReaders: There Can be Only One
I want to hear from others though. Do you have an eReader? Do you use it? Do you read more/less? Do you spend more on what you read now that you have a device? Were/Are you a library user? I have SO many questions! Does anyone else find that after years of using computers and the Internet that it’s difficult to stick with just one task when using that tech? (I ask because I am often going from one thing to another on my phone or computer, but when I’m reading a book – I’m just READING.)