literature

Consumption

I started consuming books in the early seventies, well before the computer and internet revolutions. I had stacks and bundles of books decorating my house. A thick Moby Dick novel here, a thin How to become invisible treatise there, a Fabric reference book somewhere. My appetite knew no bounds, in those days.

My hunger for books has greatly and regrettably waned over the years. Audiobooks have whetted my appetite again, but I find audiobooks better suited for novels and stories than for non-fiction works. I’m a slow reader, especially with non-fiction, and I like to use a highlighter and write notes on the pages for quick reference and to reinforce the material in my mind. That’s difficult to do with audiobooks.

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader last week, to upgrade from my tiny iPhone Kindle application. Needless to say, the difference in screen size between the iPhone and the Kindle is profound and makes it worth the price of the machine, if one aspires to read a lot of books.

I am not specifically endorsing Kindles so much as I am praising e-readers in general. E-readers are reportedly easier on the eyes than typical mobile devices. The Wikipedia entry on e-readers claims that the screens are easier on the eyes than even paper books. There are some limitations to the present technology of e-readers (lack of color, for example), but I think e-readers will eventually evolve into incredible tools.

I am presently reading, among other e-books, Fundamentalism and American Culture by George M. Marsden on my Kindle.

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