Thursday, June 16, 2011
Booking Through Thursday
This week’s Booking Through Thursday question asks…
With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.
How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
Oh, I am scared, alright. I am appalled by the craziness of ebooks. I know that for self-published authors they are a huge step forward, allowing them to share their books with the world without having a publishing company in the way, which is great because we get to read many stories that wouldn't be seen, but manufacturing things to enhance the reading experience? No way. Don't get it and never will. Reading is more than interactive features, and it concerns me that in this day and age of short attention spans, we are attempting to make them even shorter.
How about you?