Thursday, 21 February 2013
Reading in a State
The other day I picked up my Kindle for the first time in two weeks. I was taking the train home and thought I might do some reading, for a change. Guess what? For the first time that I can recall, my Kindle answered with its “battery totally empty” message.
That is pretty much the story of my reading ever since the school year started. I moved over to doing what I have been doing this past few weeks on the train instead of reading: plug the headphones to my iPhone, surf the net, listen to music, watch some videos.
Yet this annihilation of my reading experience in the face of superior gadgetry is worth analyzing. I would say it is the result of two factors: the current lack of truly exciting books in my pipeline coupled with unprecedented Internet accessibility. Between the iPad at home and my new iPhone 5, the Internet was never easier to access; and when the Internet is accessible its tempting fruits are too low hanging for this Eve to resist.
I tried counteracting with a book I have been saving for such a crisis, The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi. Yet even Scalzi could not pull me away from my iPhone; it appears as if this specific book just doesn’t make me go all warm and fuzzy the way most of the rest from this author does. On the positive side, the newly released Homeland from Cory Doctorow is a guaranteed winner given its themes and author.
I suspect salvation will come when the retina display iPad Mini finally comes out (crossing my fingers for a March release, as some older rumors said): while it would definitely enhance the Internet temptation factor, it will also provide a decent ebook platform. There are lots of comic books out there waiting for me to read them on a tablet! I could actually do some reading in between straying off to the darker alleys of the Internet…
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