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Digital or physical books? How about both?

Stumbled onto “Confessions of an E-Book Virgin” at the Huffington Post yesterday and was at first amused at the way in which he approached the issue of eBooks taking over from physical books. He outright says that staring at another screen all day makes him ever more resistant to adopt the digital book. Which just goes to show how much he doesn’t know what an eInk display actually is.

Choosing the physical over the digital? Why a choice?

As one who didn’t embrace digital reading until the advent of the Kindle, and one who stuck to

What the Kindle Fire is and isn’t – from Free-eBooks.net

Now that the dust has settled from the Kindle Fire announcement, I’d like to take a closer look at the Fire and its cousins and give our readers a better idea of which one to choose.

What the Kindle Fire is NOT

First things first: ignore the “Kindle vs iPad” articles and debates currently raging. The Kindle Fire is NOT in the same class of device as the iPad and therefore is not a straightforward alternative when tablet shopping.

Without getting too technical, the iPad is the nearest thing to a mobile computer as you can probably get

The future of the Book?

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While I scoured my reader items for more news on the Amazon.com announcement being greatly anticipated tomorrow (September 28, 2011), I found an article written by Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation and Lying. I can’t do justice to his article by attempting to summarize here, but early in the article he states that “audiences now expect their digital content to be free” and I take special issue with that statement.

The key word in that sentence would be “now”. I don’t necessarily agree that it is a new concept. I think

What have you read lately?

I only just finished “The Sex Diaries” and I have to admit that it’s a quirky book – in both concept and composition. At first, I thought it might be rather risqué but the more I read the more I realized it wasn’t all that bad at all.

The basic premise is a couple in therapy with a sex therapist and the story is told via their respective journals – which are supposed to be “sex journals”.

Of course, the topic is adult in nature and I would probably rate it at about a PG-16, but

Booktrack™ – sound and musical effects for eBooks?

Last week saw the launch of a new company called Booktrack™. Their claim to fame is that they will publish your eBook to the accompaniment of music and/or sound effects … which may or may not be enticing for eBook readers.

Imagination vs forced aural effects?

Come now! Be serious!

Traditionally, the whole idea of reading was to fuel the imagination as well as broaden the vocabulary and general knowledge, wasn’t it?

As a child, it gave me great pleasure to imagine an entire world of my own built around the images, sounds and smells that authors would