EReaders: Convenience over Beauty
" . . . I don’t look forward to a future in which my Kindle (or whatever device inevitably succeeds it) is the only book on the shelf. But it’s a future I’m fairly convinced is awaiting us, and it’s one that I, as a consumer, am playing my part in advancing us toward. There are moments when I wish I could follow the lead of Borges’ retired librarian and bury my book of sand on some obscure shelf in a library basement and just forget all about it. But then I realize that the thing is just too useful, too crazily convenient a tool to not embrace. And then I tell myself that it’s not possible, anyway, to shelve the advance of technology, and that history is filled with examples of beautiful things being supplanted by more efficient versions of those things. Ultimately, you’re never going to win an argument against convenience, no matter how much you love the anachronistic, heavy, unwieldy, and beautiful thing you want to save."
Great article by Mark O'Connell yesterday in The Millions blog The E-Reader of Sand: The Kindle and the Inner Conflict Between Consumer and Booklover.
I agree with O'Connell -- don't pull against progress. Enjoy it and be creative with it.
What do you think? Are eReaders enhancing your reading -- making books more convenient thus reading more?