From Luddite to lucite: Ebook convert

OK, so the reading experience is a little different.

Like, maybe, better?

Blessed with lifelong myopia, and now age-related presbyopia (why these words don't come to me during Scrabble matches...), I'm finding the backlit Kindle Fire to be a treat for the old peepers.

Some things don't translate perfectly. There's nothing like a glossy, beautiful magazine or ink-saturated newspaper, where you can scan a page in an instant, alighting on something interesting to read or peruse. The scrolling and clicking and fiddling involved with eperiodicals doesn't allow for the wonder and escape of a great print magazine. But volumes where the word stars, novels, biographies, non-fiction diatribes, here the ebook shines. Suddenly the realization, "Why I never read Great Expectations," can be rectified with a trip to Project Gutenberg and its digital repository of 38,000 free electronic tomes. Why its like being a librarian without having to shelve those pesky 612s. (Giggle, if you know your Dewey decimals.)

Already, the Kindle has increased my reading (and lightened my wallet). In part it's the convenience. Instead of waiting for the library to disgorge something off the wait list or an order to arrive from the bookstore or a hike to the biblioteca, ding, the book in questions is delivered. And, it's cozy, the perfect size for cuddling with on the couch. Mr. Nake-id joshes that he can't compete with the Kindle and Antone. Well, it's hard to compete with a face and body like this...

We lose something in this digital universe. Bookstores will become specialty shops, even more than they are already. Libraries will house their paper collections in warehouses off site and in compressed shelving systems, becoming digital hubs for information access. People will share more files then they do books.

But if we read more...

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