Booking Through Thursday – Interactive?

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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?

I’ve actually written a couple of articles on the subject of e-readers for The Book Club Forum Blog (Could E-Readers spell the E-nd of books? and E-books Outselling Hardbacks on Amazon…).

Personally, I’m not bothered about book trailers, music and commentaries with my books – I like to read in as peaceful surroundings as I can find, so having noise as part and parcel of a book wouldn’t appeal to me at all. If I were to some day have an e-reader, it would be solely to read books and be able to transport a huge library of them with me at all times, so that if I get bored with my current book, I still have alternatives from which to choose.

However,  I love the heft of a physical book in my hands.  I love the smell of the paper. I love the gentle rustle of the pages as I turn them and the texture of them under my fingers. I love to turn the book over in my hands and admire the cover art. With an e-reader,  I would have none of that tactile experience that adds to my enjoyment of reading.

I’m not saying I’ll never get an e-reader, in fact, I’m certain I will one day have one of my own, but for me, a machine will never replace physical books. There’s nothing quite like browsing in a well-stocked book shop, or losing yourself in the stacks at the library, and downloading a book directly to your e-reader will never be able to replicate that sensation of being completely surrounded by books.


5 responses to “Booking Through Thursday – Interactive?

  1. Yes, you sound like me. :O) I know it’s not very green and it’s killing my back to lug around 28 books or whatever the weekly count is that I insist on carrying about but still…

    • Yes, I always have a paperback or two in my handbag to read when I get a spare moment or two. Unlike you though (or as your name would suggest), I can’t bring myself to write in books – LOL!

  2. Great answer! I’m with you there, on being torn between the two. I love having just a book in my hands. 🙂

  3. I am there I get torn and it is really difficult sometimes.

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  4. I once thought that way too 😉 then I bought my first ereader and I have to say that even though I still LOVE my DTB’s I ❤ my readers a wee bit more for convenience sake.