Re: Kindle-nites Unite!!! (Score: 1)
posted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 02:26 AM (#42190
In Response to Metta (#42189):
Speaking from experience (owning both a Sony Reader and the iRex iLiad) that reading from an e-ink screen bears no comparison to reading any other form of screen.
I tried it on a PDA (Heck I read many a novel on them) the backlight and screen refresh flicker would invariably give me a headache after an hour or two and scrolling down a screen is not the same as turning a page. However refreshing the screen on an e-ink device isn't the same either. The contrast ratio is similar to that of newsprint. You can read it in full sunlight (not something you can do with an LCD based PDA, and even some books for that matter)
As others have said there are many advantages to electronic readers.
Anyone who commutes for more than an hour a day (or 3 in my case) for example and reads thick novels will tell you it can be a pain fitting 2 of them in your jacket pockets because you know you will finish it and need something else to start.
Anyone who flys regularly can tell you that weight wise a reader is a heck of a lot easier to carry and saves you money on exhorbitant excess luggage fees (Hell I finish 3 novels a week, minimum, commuting. How many do you think I go through on holiday?). With my reader I don't even have to pack a charger unless I'm going away for more than a a fortnight!
As for the cost of the Kindle or the Reader. Yes the inital cost is expensive. But there are many _free_ books out there which more than mitigate this cost (For sci-fi and fantasy look into the Baen library for example. Project Gutenberg for classics and out of copyright texts. And others for different genres). And while some short-sighted publishers are still charging a the same price for their e-books as they do for print most give a good discount for electronic versions.
Anyone who is having issues with their vision can tell you how nice it is to be able to scale the text up to a level you can read easily (Laser corrective surgery which is slowly reverting is _not_ fun).
Frankly Mr Kellett is coming off like a someone who doesn't like the technology on principle (and hasn't bothered to do any research). I expect that attitude from my 5 year old nephew when trying a new vegetable. Anyone older than that should at least give it a chance. rather than stating "I don't see the point so why should anyone else".
Yes you do lose something. The smell of a book, the tactile interaction. But frankly neither of these is as important to me as the actual _content_.
So keep your paper books Mr Kellett I'll quite happily read and re-read my electronic books anyday.