Yesterdays Sydney Morning Herald had a two page spread about books. In it they reviewed a number of E Book reading devices and compared them to reading an actual book.
One of the reviewers said that they found some books better to read as a E Book than others; while other books were worse because of formatting changes, it seemed the intent of the authors voice seemed to change between the two reading forms. Another reviewer found that the readability of academic work was hindered via not being able to access foot and end notes easily.
I must admit I like the paper version of books. There is nothing better of a weekend morning than to spread a newspaper or two across the table and read through the sections. There is something about the feel of books in the hand, the feel of the pages and the visual effect it has on the senses in browsing a bookshelf.
However I do a lot of reading on line. I read emails and many blogs and having access to online journals is a great resource. I do my research papers on line and rarely do I print them out to edit them. I have even read a number of out of print authors on line and have benefited greatly from doing so.
I have thought about getting a portable reading device a number of times; however access to books are limited in Australia, and the newspaper reported the ease that E Publishers have in accessing your portable reading device to delete a volume at will.
What are your experiences with the various reading devices on the market and what would you prefer to read from?