Welcome to another installment of Love It/Hate It, where two opinionated P-Mag writers mouth off to each other about pop culture.
Today, Trulybst and I do battle on the topic of e-readers. We’ll each argue our point, and leave it up to you to decide who’s right, who’s wrong, or who cares way too much about this stuff.
PoM: I love my Kindle (so much so that I actually have two: an ages-old K2 that cost me, no joke, $350 when it came out, and a new Kindle Touch). I’m a pretty prolific reader, and I can carry more than a thousand books with me in one slim little tablet. On a recent vacation, I read eleven books, which would have been impossible with paper books, since there was no way I was allocating that much room in my luggage for books. I love being able to get books immediately without leaving my house, I can borrow from the library with it, I can read all sorts of trash without anyone being able to tell or judge me, and it’s making living a minimalist lifestyle so much easier. E-ink is just as little strain on the eyes as a paperback (my Kindle isn’t backlit). Not to mention, the old “I love how books smell” argument doesn’t hold water with me, since the mustiness of old books just makes me sneeze.
Trulybst: While I agree you can definitely carry more books with a Kindle than you can with paperback or hard copy versions, reading a book has strong merits. Electronic readers tire my eyes out or lead to headaches a lot quicker than a traditional book. When trying to read the electronic version in the car, my son got carsick for the first time ever. He can read a traditional book for hours during car rides. I enjoy the sensation of holding the book and seeing how far I have gone. Yes, my Kindle app shows me the percentage completed, but I don’t get the same satisfaction from a number – I am a visual spatial learner. I also feel that it is easier to go back and find my place, or search for information or quotes in a book.
PoM: I think using the Kindle app on another device, like an iPhone or tablet, is a much different experience than an actual e-reader. The apps use the device’s interface and tend not to have the same visual effect as the e-reader itself.
What do you think, Persephoneers? Are you pro-Kindle or pro-paper?
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