With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
Great question! I think that it is probably a good thing that I have a deadline this morning and need to head to work or I might have a very very long answer for this one. First let me say that I do enjoy ebooks for the convenience of being able to carry one “book sized” object and not a bunch of books around. Excellent for vacation and for lunch break at work. People used to laugh at me because no matter where I was I could pull a book out of my purse. That being said, I still prefer a really book over an ebook something about the interaction I have with it and such. I love the feel of a real book.
Now that I got that out of my system, the answer to the question is I hate the idea of all of the cutting edge stuff. This is not what reading is about for me. For me it is about using my own imagination to make the story work. When I read, it is very much like a movie playing in my head. It makes me work and keep my brain active. If I wanted the movie and music and stuff, I would watch a movie. Or television. Too much other stuff takes away from the authors intent in writing.
The one feature that I do love about my nook is that it has a dictionary. I am a context reader so I can figure out pretty much what a word means but I like the ability to look one up if I really need to know exactly what it mean. So much easier that pulling my dictionary out.
So long and short of e-books for me is I like the convenience but don’t need the bell and whistles.
Now please share your thoughts!!