• iReading eBooks

    by  • March 2, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    220px-BuchI was always an early adopter of new technology. But somewhere along the way, I learned to resist. Perhaps getting burned a few times by gear that wasn’t quite ready to be released had something to do with that.

    When it comes to books, I’ve been downright anti-technology. I love books as books. I like their size and weight, their portability, the smell; the paper cuts, the lack of batteries. I like the fact that the only bugs they’re worried about are the ones that will actually eat them.

    But technology has a way of undermining my defenses and overwhelming me. And this weekend, I broke down and shelled out the cash for a digital eReader.

    kindleThe big three right now are Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Digital Reader and Barnes and Noble’s Nook. The Apple iPad will join the fray beginning in March and the Plastic Logic Que proReader is due in April. And of course, you can read eBooks on an iPhone.

    For an excellent reference to how all these devices stack up against each other, check out paidContent.org’s comparison chart.

    nookAfter doing some homework, I decided on the Barnes and Noble Nook. I like its size and weight, battery life, and expandability. I’ve loaded it up with twenty Stephen King novels and my library of music.

    I’m still not sure this is going to work for me. Only time will tell. And a few chapters of The Dark Tower.

    Have you been using an eReader? What are your experiences?


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.