One of my biggest joys while traveling is the opportunity for lots of reading time. An e-reader is a glorious invention for travel, because you can bring an entire library of books and magazines and yet carry it all in the palm of your hand. Awesome.
Most interesting to me is how common e-readers have become.
I remember not-that-many-years ago when I got my very first Kindle. I never took it out. I kept it at home because whenever I used it in public it caused such a flurry. To whip it out and read with it in public was nearly impossible because people would stop and ask questions or simply want to see it. And since I enjoy sharing I wouldn’t get much reading done.
But today! Oh, my. E-readers are everywhere.
Over the last two weeks I found myself in several places where lots of people were reading. Relaxing reading and/or waiting-for-something reading. But basically, rooms full of strangers, reading.
And so I did some very unscientific counting, in a variety of different places. If I saw reading people gathered in clusters, I counted.
E-readers vs paper books.
E-reader here, book there. Book, book, e-reader, e-reader, e-reader.
The winner? E-readers usually outnumbered paper books whenever/wherever I counted. I’d get results like 6 to 4 or 8 to 5 or 3 to 4. Almost half, but usually nudged in favor of the e-reader. Not always, but usually.
Totally unscientific, but certainly interesting. And a big big change from the hiding-the-Kindle days.