Is There an E-Reader in Your Future?

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By Helen Kossler

Reading Between the Lines

Well, if you have been wondering what e-reader device is the one for you, here’s an event to help you find out:  eReader Petting Zoo. I am curious about these things but can’t quite bring myself to buy one, so I plan to attend to see what the fuss is all about.  I worry that they’re too complicated for a techno-failure like me. I am still flummoxed by cell phone. By the time I have finally figured out all the bells and whistles on my little phone, it’s at the end of its useful life and the salesman tells me, in great wonderment, that “That style has been gone for years.” Then I am condemned to get a new and even more bewildering phone that leaves me feeling like a dinosaur for at least 6 months. But enough ranting.

On May 26 at 7 PM at the Main Library, you have the opportunity to try out some different e-reading devices to see what you like. (You will notice that these gizmos have been referred to in this post as both eReaders and e-readers.  I have adopted the usage that Roy Blount, Jr. advocates in Alphabet Juice.) It’s telling that not one author I’ve interviewed has particularly liked e-readers, except it might only mean that I’ve interviewed old authors and not that I’ve uncovered a Truth about writers and the written page.

The Oak Park Library is expanding its collection of e-books for downloads, so this is a perfect time to look at the e-reader devices to see if you like them.

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Dave Coulter  

Posted: May 18th, 2011 4:50 PM

Hmm! I'm a big fan of books, but I can see where these devices could make sense for magazines and newspapers (the more disposable things)

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