Thoughts on eReaders

So Barnes and Noble has a sale on Nooks in honor of Father’s Day for something very close to half off. This is exciting, because while I am primarily a literature nerd, I do love me some gadgets. (Yes, I am entirely aware of how embarrassingly bad that sentence is, but it’s for effect.)

I think I’m going to get one, the opportunity being as golden as it is.

I was hesitant to do so at first, if only because it felt like cheating on books…and if there’s one thing I love more than books, it’s Doctor Who–and food. In any case, I initially found the prospect of betraying books rather an alarming one–but I’m also a sucker for economy. Specifically, I am a sucker for having as much money in my accounts as possible, because one day I want to get it all and quarters and swim in it like Scrooge McDuck. Actually that would hurt and be unsanitary…ah well, dare to dream.

But I played with one of the top-end Nooks yesterday at my local Barnes and Noble…and I found I really, really liked it. A lot. Then I realized that it would enable me to read a whole lot more books than I currently do for way less money…leaving me more money to buy nice hard cover copies of books I really like and episodes of Doctor Who on DVD and Blu-ray.

I do love my physical media, I’m the only person my age I know who actually buys movies on DVD anymore. And I do think that’s sad…but I recognize that Netflix and eReaders allow a greater rate of consumption, and the only think I like to consume more than food is media. (I apologize for all the food references, at time of writing I’m stuck behind a dormitory desk waiting to be set free and I kinda missed breakfast, so food is on my mind.) In any case, eReaders–particularly eReader apps on devices like smartphones and iPads that aren’t exclusively eReaders allow for a greater volume of material to reach a greater number of people. Stephen Fry (who may or may not be the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde, if there is such a thing as reincarnation) once said that the Kindle is as threatening to books as elevators are to stairs. I would like to add to that in pointing out that without elevators we would not have skyscrapers…because no one would want to climb all those stairs.

Best wishes,

Christopher Ruocchio

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