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To ebook or not to ebook...
Last Post 20 Feb 2012 02:50 PM by Debra Squires. 1 Replies.
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Michelle Stie-BucklesUser is Offline Basic Member Basic Member Posts:197
17 Feb 2012 12:59 PM
    For those of you following the debate about the impact of ebooks on the culture at large, here's an article I thought captures the arguments on both sides elegantly. The piece--"Ebooks Can't Burn"--ultimately suggests that contemporary authors like Jonathan Franzen, Julian Barnes, and Andrew Miller (lead voices on the "we hate ebooks" side) just need to embrace their iPads, Nooks, and Kindles and join us in the 21st century.

    I could see this article used in an AP class--perhaps as part of a larger synthesis unit or as a persuasion essay topic. I'm curious to see where Forum members are in this debate. I love my ebooks--for the first time in my adult life my house isn't cluttered with hazardous stacks of books everywhere.
    Michelle Stie-Buckles
    National Math and Science Initiative
    Debra SquiresUser is Offline Senior Member Senior Member Posts:1004
    20 Feb 2012 02:50 PM
    I love my ebooks, too, and I never thought I would. I've always loved my rows and rows of books, but now I know that before long everything I read will be stored on an e-reader, just the way those thousands of CD jewel cases have disappeared from my life.

    A close friend did make a point I agree with in this debate, though, that when a new friend visits your house for the first time, the bookshelf is a great place to begin talking and really getting to know each other. To me, though, the joys of shopping for a new book in the middle of the night and having it appear at my fingertips immediately far outweigh what I lose by not adding new tomes to the shelf all the time. I also really love having so much text in one portable package--all the books, magazines, and newspapers a girl could ever want on vacation or stuck in a waiting room. I feel, let's face it, secure and happy knowing that my book is available on my phone at all times.

    I do still read real books (albeit pulpy ones I'll probably leave behind) at the beach. And I still do LOVE browsing bookstores. I think the search capability of Amazon, no matter how sophisticated it becomes, will never be as appealing as wandering physical shelves, even though I wander the shelves and then go home and buy the ebook.

    The article mentioned using ereaders for different genres, and I do admit I haven't tried reading poetry on mine. I think I'm too used to reading poetry with a pen in hand, but I bet people a generation younger than I am know exactly how to annotate a poem on an ereader. And sometimes I do like the flip-the-pages capability of non-fiction or reference books (hello, Toddler 411 and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child) better than always having to go to the table of contents to find just the section I need.

    But for novels, there's nothing I love better than Kindle for ipad. In fact, The Help is calling now...
    Deb Squires
    NMSI English Online Forum Facilitator
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