Here’s the question from Booking Through Thursday (Wednesday?):
- Do you read e-Books?
- If so, how? On your computer, or a PDA?
- Or are you a paper purist? Why?
Here’s my answer: No, I don’t read e-books. There are primarily two reasons for this. One is practical. The other is more…philosophical. The first reason is that I sit at a computer all day reading and/or writing legal documents, and I have bad eyesight. (Okay, maybe that’s two reasons, but there’s a definite cause-and-effect relationship.)
The second reason is that I just love honest-to-God, printed-on-paper books. I love feeling the heft of a book in my hands, the soft leather of an old book cover, or the texture of an embellished binding. I love it that I can walk into a bookstore or a library, and the smell of the books will immediately lower my blood pressure. I love how books look standing up on a bookshelf or lying on a coffee table or on a desk. I love it that someone wrote “Feb. 11, 1902” and “Class of 03” in the margins of my 1889 Berlitz First-year French primer. The experience of reading for me has always been about more than just the text on the page, and having a real book is an important part of that experience.