Who knew? A bunch of runners who enjoy reading and discussing what they read.
posted by Ed | 10:08 AM
In theory, I love the idea. A huge boon for someone like me who likes to bring at least 10 times as many books as I could feasibly read with me, basically any time I leave the house. (I once brought two books to yoga class. You know, in case I had to wait for class to start or something.) I'm also not particularly sentimental about the death of the printed word, and I don't really have room in my apartment to accumulate too many new books -- although it would certainly change the reading experience if it took off.My bottom line is always the price, though. It was my understanding that they were going to be wicked expensive.
Hmm. I've some questions. Maybe the answers are available. Dunno. Anyway, with a reader, what do you purchase? A license of sorts? And where/how do you make marginalia? And if you want more than one book open at a time, how does that work? I'm a skeptic.
Another step toward the future... Remember when the idea that "electronic newspapers will be continuously updated" or that you'd be able to talk with people across the country or globe for free? That future is here, and (like it or not) more to come.I still like reading "the paper" in hand better than on line, but you can't beat the convenience of the computer. The computer doesn't end up in the puddle in the front lawn. Sigh.
The most interesting potential I can see is the possibility for non-linear, multi-media storytelling ... a new way of telling stories, or at least integrating several existing ways of telling them. I still think I would prefer the heft and smell of a real book, but I'm open to persuasion.
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