Tuesday, August 4, 2009

To Be or Not To Be

Recently I've been pondering purchasing a digital book reader - either the Amazon Kindle or one of the many other e-book readers that are bound to flood the market soon. E-books are more convenient, more environmentally friendly, offer instant gratification, and deliver content for a lower per-title price.

But something feels slightly off about an e-book. I don't believe that I could feel the same satisfaction after completing an e-book that I do feel from finishing an actual physical, paper-and-cardboard book. Maybe I'm subconsciously nostalgic for the positive reinforcement gained in school after finishing a real book and believe that such pleasure wouldn't come from a digital reader. Maybe the e-book crushes my dream of having an actual library in my home. Or maybe I'm just missing something.
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