I read with interest a colleague’s blog about her attachment to her Kindle. I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of a Kindle before, but now that I am aware of them, I see references to it everywhere. Kindles are eReaders. You can download a novel and read it on a small screen. You can do this on an iPad too. You don’t really have to buy a book anymore.
An article in last week’s Sunday Age discussed the implications of the iPad’s popularity spurring rivals (e.g Amazon) into action and the opportunities for publishers. Some iPad users credit this device with an increase in their reading:
”Also, I’ve started reading a lot more. I’ve completely stopped buying books, and I love the idea of there being so many novels you can download. I went to the dentist last week and while I was in the waiting room I just got the iPad out and read a book, which I wouldn’t usually do. At night I read in bed by the light of the iPad.”
What is the difference between taking an iPad to the dentist and taking a book to the dentist (presuming it is not the Times Atlas of the World?) What is the difference between reading in bed by the light of a lamp or reading in bed by the light of the iPad?
When my first son was in primary school and an avid reader (sadly he is a teenager now and more interested in other things), he would close each book, place it carefully and proudly on his bookshelf and say “I’ll give that book to my children.”
Maybe he won’t. Maybe he’ll just give his children a URL !