Well, basically, our Dinosaur is saying that he/she doesn’t want to change.
O.K. I’ll accept that. But the other piece that is implied with this statement is: “…and I’m not even going to try anything new.”
It’s the “I’m not going to try anything new” part that is so sad. In particular, I’m talking about eReaders. I’m afraid that a lot of people are missing out on a life-changing experience, because they just won’t try.
I love books. I love to read, and I truly appreciate the printed page. The design, the bindings, the covers, the weight of the book, the whole package. So I do understand the argument when people say “I’ll never read an ebook” because they usually cite all these same reasons.
I’ll admit I was probably attracted to my first Kindle because I am a gadget lover, not because I was interested in e-reading. I had no real complaints in my reading-life. But the Kindle was new and shiny and had buttons to push. : )
One book, and I was hooked. There are so many pluses to e-reading, especially for aging readers. Just the ability to adjust font size is, well, priceless. The Kindle, for example, is light and easy to hold. Battery life is astoundingly good, so you do not need to charge it often. It is easy to shop for books at the Amazon website, and with one-click, your reading choice appears on your device.
Book samples are another major perk of e-reading. You can have a sample sent to your device before you buy. Now I wonder how I ever selected books to read in the days before samples.
There are many e-readers in the market. Obviously, I am a Kindle fan, but Barnes and Noble’s Nook also gets cheers from the reading public. And of course you can read on your iPad, as well. And your iPhone, too. I previously talked about reading on all three devices, here. (There is an ongoing great debate of e-ink screens vs lit screens, but that is a subject for another day. Just let me make the point to our beloved Dinosaur, that the e-ink screen
mimics improves a paper experience by being clear and crisp and easy on the eyes.)
Now a word to our Dinosaur: Don’t bite yourself in the foot. Although “new” isn’t always better, sometimes you have to dip a toe in the water and just try. I think you’ll be surprised to find that e-reading is something you’ll very much enjoy.
(p.s. did you know that Amazon has a 30 day return policy for the Kindle? In other words…. nothing to lose!)