Candice: In the land of marketing speak I don’t class myself as an early adopter, but I do think I follow a close second. I don’t have an iPhone, but that’s because I prefer the functionality of my Blackberry, not that I havent thought about buying an iPhone. I’m on twitter, and tweet by my phone, pretty modern. And last year I bought an iPad for Christmas, and already decided this year that it was time to upgrade to the new one. Not just for the funky extras, but after a year of using one that only had WiFi we decided we needed a SIM one. I have recycled though, the parents had my iPad 2 as a christmas present!
So, I thought I would try the whole concept of reading a book on an electronic device. I downloaded something cheap and not too challenging and off I went.
Initially it was quite funky, swiping the pages across. But after a while my finger started to hurt, as did my arms from the weight of holding the iPad. I also got a bit fed up with looking at a screen, as I do that all day at work. I must admit the story I was reading was ok but not great, which probably didn’t help.
I did finish but after a few goes because each time I’d have to give up due to the weight of the device.
Now, I know this is not a true representation as a Kindle is better designed for this. But I have to admit, I just prefer the feel of holding books. The ability to add a bookmark, turn the corner down on a page, flick back to check the plot line you have forgotten. I also like the experience of going in to a shop to read the backs and pick my story.
Now, this might put a total kibosh on anything Phil and I plan to do if we want to publish online, and I will try the whole e-reading thing again but I have to say, when it comes down to reading, I’d rather have a paper version.