After some hesitations - mostly due to paper book “nostalgia to be” considerations - I purchased Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. As I researched the field quite a bit before making the buy, I was not surprised to discover that reading books on an e-reader is extremely convenient. From the technology/business side, this reaffirmed to me again, the common notion that we are on our way towards another extension of the digital content revolution, which will probably resemble the one that occurred when MP3 players were first introduced.
But in this post, I wanted to share my thoughts on how I believe e-reading will change the way we read. Although the Kindle e-reader is quite new in my life, I already managed to make the following interesting observations:
(1) I read more in parallel
– for some people this is the normal way of reading, for me until now it was almost always finishing one book/article before starting another. In contrast, I am now reading no less than 5 Books in parallel!
(2) I experiment more with the type of books I read
– as it takes only a few short minutes from the moment you want to read something, until you can start reading, and as I always know I have “safe” alternatives I can count on stored on the device, I tend to be more experimental in the type of material I try out (compare that to waiting 3 weeks for a book to arrive, going to the post office to gather it and then discovering the 5 star it got on Amazon review was absolutely presumptuous to say the least…)
(3) I read in more moods and locations
- reading accustoms better when you can select a mood matching title (e.g. serious, humorous, reflective, etc) or the reading material type (e.g. book, newspaper, etc). Also, when you have dozens/hundred of books with you on a low-weighting/small space taking device, you find yourself reading in new locations (e.g. waiting in line, in the subway, etc)
To summarize, I believe e-reading will cause people that like reading to read more
, read more diversely
and read more in parallel
Lastly, judging from my enthusiasms from this new addition to my gadget inventory, I would like to copyright a new disorder by the name of e-readophelia
(obsessive compulsive excessive e-reading disorder) which I believe I have been inflicted by severely since I acquired this game changing device.