Last week, I stumbled onto a post at Time.com (via Lifehacker.com) about the effects on memory that reading physical books versus eBooks can have. The writer says that after receiving a Kindle as a gift, she loaded it up with a few pieces from her favourite authors for ‘light reading’ (her words, not mine), but quickly discovered that she wasn’t retaining details of what she was reading as well as she thought she should. After some research, and linking to yet another article reporting the same phenomenon, she discovered that eBooks may actually be bad if
I find that attempting to work on my laptop is a challenge to my focusing skills under normal circumstances. Work colleagues are always sending intriguing links that, of course, lead to other links and further discussion and the occasional “oh yes, I saw this other day that I wanted to share … let me find it again” which in turn leads to other tangential distractions. I am the poster child for the digitally distracted.
At the risk of dating myself, I remember when the HP iPaQ was released. I was rabid to get one, and when I did,
And just as we were getting comfortable with the Kindle Touch, here comes a rumor that Amazon is getting set to produce color e-Ink devices sometime this year.
In 2009, there was speculation about a color e-Ink Kindle in the offing while the first generation Kindle stock started dwindling to nothing. It was shot down by Bezos himself saying that he had seen the mockups and they weren’t pretty. He went on to say that a color e-Ink Kindle was “multiple years” away. This is 2012 and not, by any stretch of the imagination, “multiple” years … a