The last few days I have been reading a novel in the pBook format. It’s been an interesting experience as since I got my eBook reader over a year ago (see The joys of eBook readers — the Sony PRS-650 Touch) I have read very few pBooks.
People talk about the attraction of a pBook’s smell. Can’t say I noticed that. But I was frustrated that my habit of checking the meaning of new words with a simple click to a loaded dictionary was not available. It is so much more effort to take a dictionary down off a bookshelf and look a word up. I see this will also be a hassle with footnotes and endnotes in more technical books.
Mind you – it was by no means an unpleasant experience – and I do still have a pile of pBooks yet to read.
But I can really relate to the kids in the Cam Cardow Cartoon trying to get WiFi on a pBook. Have a look at The original e-reader – The Digital Age – sorry, can’t embed it here for copyright reasons.
While on the subject of new ways of reading book – have a look at this video on the medieval help desk. The problems that readers had when the had to progress from scrolls to books.
Help desk – introducing the book (2 min 40 sec)