The easily distracted should not buy eReaders.

There are many reasons why I will never own an eReader or successfully finish an eBook or use a tablet as an eReader. The main reason is that I’m easily distracted. Currently, I’m reading an advance copy of American Rose (Published Dec 28, 2010). It’s a biography of the infamous Gypsy Rose Lee. As I read it, I want to know more. If I were reading it on an electronic device, I would be so distracted finding online content to enhance what I’ve read that it would take me weeks to finish it (let’s be honest – this is most likely to happen on an iPad vs a Kindle or Nook, but I’m lumping them all in one category because it’s an electronic device and I would be distracted by all the other options on any of them).

That does lead me to another point – I love the web. I love book websites. I love the extra content that is available. I’m not saying eReaders and tablets are not useful. If I had an iPad, I would use it; but I have a laptop and it works just fine for any research I need to do that involves the book I’m reading (if I sat in coffee shops with my laptop, I might consider something smaller). I’m not about to go spend $500+ on something that is simply replacing another expensive piece of technology (or to play Angry Birds). Between my phone and my laptop, I’m good.

More about the book:
The New York Times review was less than glowing (as was the LA Times review); however, I like the book. I’m about halfway through it and at first the switch from Gypsy’s childhood back to adulthood and back again was confusing. At times I wasn’t sure why some folks were mentioned, but it seems to be all tying together. Of course, the website is lovely because it offers video and more photos (I want even more). Multimedia is good, especially when it comes to reading history (fiction or nonfiction).

Good posts re: eReaders & eBooks & libraries (by folks smarter than me):
Closed Stacks – What an eReader Can’t Do
Librarian in Black – Why I am a library traitor…
Go To Hellman – 2010 Summary: Libraries are Still Screwed
Librarian by Day – eBooks and eReaders: There Can be Only One

I want to hear from others though. Do you have an eReader? Do you use it? Do you read more/less? Do you spend more on what you read now that you have a device? Were/Are you a library user? I have SO many questions! Does anyone else find that after years of using computers and the Internet that it’s difficult to stick with just one task when using that tech? (I ask because I am often going from one thing to another on my phone or computer, but when I’m reading a book – I’m just READING.)

6 thoughts on “The easily distracted should not buy eReaders.”

  1. I just got a Kindle for Christmas! Basically since the birth of the e-reader I have sworn up and down that I would never ever get one, but I love it. I realized there were a lot of books I didn’t necessarily want to buy a hard copy of, but that had an annoyingly long wait at the library. Not to mention, I figure holding a Kindle and a sleeping/eating baby will be a lot easier than holding a book in the same situation.

    So, I still buy hard copies of books that we want to add to our home library and still use the library for readily available stuff… and overall so far, I am reading more. For me, the Kindle has been perfect for high-demand fiction/one-time read bestsellers (bonus: lots of classics are free), and using it works exactly like a book (i.e., when I am reading, I’m still READING). Overall, I’m spending less on the e-books, since I’m an impatient adult and would end up caving and buying them in hard format anyway.

    iPad seems like overkill to me…that’s a lot of money for something that my laptop can do better, and as an e-reader it causes eyestrain more quickly and is useless in the sun.

    So I just wrote a blog in response to your blog…yikes.

    1. I can definitely see how holding a Kindle and Baby D will be much easier than holding a giant book and a baby…however, the iPad is way better for kid’s books. Syd loves it (not that she’s playing with an iPad I spent money on!).

      I can admit to the occasionally fleeting thought while reading a giant book borrowed from the library, about how nice it would be if I had an eReader. But I don’t buy hardcovers – they’re too bulky and I’m patient. If I know something’s coming out that I want to read, I request it from my local library as soon as I can. (And I do have a slight advantage because I work in a library.)

      I think the ultimate test will be for me to buy an eBook on the Nook we have at work and try to read it. Anytime I’ve sat down with the Nook, Sony, or the iPad, it’s been to figure something out. (I wish we had a Kindle, out of all of the readers I’ve played with it; it’s my favorite despite the fact that Amazon is a little evil AND they don’t play well with libraries.) I will have to see what’s coming that I really want to read – I feel with the Nook it would just be too easy for me to just stop reading something I’m not loving in the first 10 pages.

      I’m also lucky because Maricopa County does a great job of ordering bestsellers in sufficient quantities. Not all library systems can afford to do that anymore. It’s an incredible disservice to the public, but with shrinking budgets there’s not a lot of options.

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