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Monday, September 9, 2013
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Electronic devices to read are a shame —

Who’s at fault — what to blame?

Look at the names of all these contraptions —

And of course, the different adaptations.

There’s Tablet and Cubby, and of course Nook

(To me that’s a place where one takes a BOOK).

I’d use a Kindle to start a fire, and sitting cozily,

Read to inspire;

Turning pages one by one,

Losing myself, ‘til the book is done.

You can’t do that with an eBook, my friend,

Even though it’s the current trend.

A book is an entity, in and of itself;

At home, or Library, its place on a shelf —

Can inspire, or simply help remember.

Searching for an ending,

Truth be told,

Involves a joke —

One quite old.

Two goats in a field, dining al fresco,

Anywhere, from There to Modesto.

Devouring between them some film and a letter,

The celluloid-eater mutters,

The BOOK was MUCH BETTER!”

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I enjoy the tactile feel of books for personal reading.

But for reading technical manuals and reference texts, ereaders and computers are the best ... because of the search function! Plus you can highlight lines and add comments, even in PDF documents these days.

And for those with impaired or waning eyesight, being able to increase font size and page brightness/contrast can make reading more comfortable.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
September 9, 2013 at 9:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I see your point, EB, but in a fine book put out by a good university press the thorough Index serves as part of the "search function", no? And as your eyes browse across the subjects in the Index near your search focus, ideas and associations may blossom... seriously. However, as an older longtime reader I do LOVE the "increase font size" function on my laptop or the spouse's Kindle, it really does reduce eyestrain.
I now digitalize any student handouts so they can choose to peruse the document on a laptop or whatever, and if they lose the paper. Eventually, it'll become a mostly paperless school.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 10, 2013 at 6:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree a good index is really useful and can sometimes help a reader zoom in on the right section better than a search function. Unfortunately for tech manuals (which can approach War & Peace proportions) tech writers are getting fairly lazy with their indices these days.

I do like to see as many pages at once as possible which makes a hardcopy better than a single screen - I can scan for info more efficiently. That's my biggest gripe with ereaders. In the office, most of us use dual monitor PC's so viewing two pages per monitor is possible.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
September 11, 2013 at 9:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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