It turns out that today is considered National Junk Food Day, but as I like to be rebellious (and relatively health conscious), I say it should be National Intellectual Junk Food Day! The only requirement is that everyone must read my blog and leave me comments. Sounds good, huh?
Today I'm turning to one of my favorite topics: books.
Barnes & Noble, after ditching the idea in 2006, is launching an e-bookstore. So far they don't have a Kindle-like reader compatible with their e-books, but they're working on it. And the e-books are accessible through iPhone, Blackberry and computers.
I don't know anyone who has tried this yet; I definitely have not. I'm kind of old-school when it comes to this kind of thing. I really like to have the book in my hands, physically turning the pages, feeling the paper between my fingers, figuring out the most comfortable position to sit and hold a cumbersomely heavy and/or big hardcover. Things like that complete the whole reading experience - for me.
I'm not sure I'd get the same feeling from reading an electronic version of the book. I don't slow down when I'm using the computer the way I do when I sit down with a book.
But then again, I got used to the idea of the iPod and downloading music.
And I've conformed to typing everything instead of using the good ole pen & paper (though I still use it for personal writing and even to get my thoughts down/outline for work stories and school papers).
Is it environmentally conscious and more accessible, or is technology taking over too many aspects of our lives?
Has anyone downloaded an e-book or used/own a Kindle?