I had a realization earlier this month. I have both the hardcover and ebook versions of Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I started with a few pages of the hardcover until later, I felt I was getting quite stressed trying to read the book in bed: it tired my fingers to hold it steady; as usual, it was hard to keep the book open to the first few pages; I have episodes of rhinitis because of the dust––and these were details I never stressed about before! By ‘before,’ I meant the time when I haven’t finished two other ebooks on my iPad yet. By ‘before,’ I meant the time when I waxed poetic about paper and its smell.
Who is this new person?! 😛
|A graphic ebook title: Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo|
Needless to say, I ended up reading the rest of the novel on my tablet. It’s ultra convenient: I don’t need to hold it even when in bed––my iPad cover props it up for me; I don’t need to surf the net whenever I encounter difficult words since iBooks and the Kindle app have their built-in dictionary; and I can continue with my reading anywhere and not worry about having to lug around a heavy book (or in this case, being seen reading what may be perceived as an embarrassing title :-P). On the downside, it’s much easier for me to get distracted, such as when I just had to place a face on Finnick and google actors and models. (I’m thinking Patrick Schwarzenegger… or Marat Safin, lol.)
As for the price, some titles are relatively cheaper to buy in Amazon. I mean, have a look at my Amazon wishlist (subtlety, haha). Digital publishing has also given opportunities to writers like Iggy Atienza, who in December 2011, released her very own book, The Thrifty Mom’s Guide to Style. (Still available for purchase; just click on the title.)
I remain amazed by how technology continues to change our lifestyle at breakneck speed. I mean, these are things I never imagined in college, and just last week, Tatin told me about a story she’s working on about local schools beginning to roll out tablets to replace textbooks and exams on paper. (I’ll post the link on Twitter once it’s published.) These are things that make me feel old, too. 😛
I belatedly realized that there are some books that just wouldn’t look right except on paper, say Catcher in the Rye.