Thanks to BlackBerryInsight.com and their recent post about new ebooks for the BlackBerry for inspiring this. I’ve got a question for you, readers. How many of you have a) downloaded an ebook for your device and/or b) actually READ an ebook on your device?
I’ve never tried it, but I can tell you that, especially while I’m on the road away from my inbox, I find just reading copious amounts of email to become tedious and a little hard on the eyes. I don’t know if I could handle an entire book.
This isn’t going to turn into a pro-literary kind of rant, but I’m just wondering about the popularity of ebooks and why people use them. Yes, I understand that the higher enterprise users who spend a lot of time on planes and whatnot need something to pass the time, but do they want to strain both their eyes and neck with an ebook on their BlackBerry? Sure, a book’ll take up more space in your carry-on, but you’ll be that much more comfortable in the long run.
When I’m reading, I like to be able to get into the book, no matter what the subject matter. If it’s an educational book about, say, how to speak Italian, I need to get immersed in the book and soak it all in without any distractions, same with a novel. If I’m reading on my BlackBerry, that red light’ll blink every five seconds and let’s be honest, who can ignore a new email in their inbox?
I want to put my feet up, lay back, and get so far into the book that I almost become print. Maybe that’s just me, though. Maybe I’m the last of the readers and everyone else has already evolved to ebooks without telling me.
So, pals – please tell me. What’s your reasoning for spending time with an ebook? I’d like to know. Maybe I’m missing out.