Saturday 16 December 2017

Aidan Coughlan: Just because you are touchy-feely about books doesn't mean you'll hate the Kindle

The Amazon Kindle electronic reader
The Amazon Kindle electronic reader

PERHAPS the greatest misconception about electronic readers is that they are mutually exclusive with printed books. I’ll never get a Kindle, you’ll hear someone say, because I love the feel of a book.

Evidently, purchasing one of these devices will invalidate your library card with instant effect, and give your hands an acidic veneer that destroys any printed matter with which it comes into contact.

Of course, anyone who has used an electronic reader will tell you that’s all utter nonsense – or at least those who have spent more than five seconds holding it before concluding that it is ‘Not A Book’ and sticking rigidly to their preconceptions.

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