Aug 16, 2016
Earlier this month, I read a great article in The New York Times about the benefits of reading real books to your children. I’ve been an avid reader all of my life and a mom for nearly three years, so this article piqued my interest. It also got me thinking about how my own reading habits have changed over time.
As a child, I grew up using physical books. Pretty much everything that I read for education or enjoyment was some form of ink on paper. I also grew up using screens—my family had a home computer and TVs, but e-Readers were a long way off at that point. The books that I read were “book books.”
I bought my first iPad about 5 years ago, and my personal reading habits began to change. Although I still have shelves of physical books, most of the books that I purchase these days are in electronic form. My iPad became my library, and although there was still something appealing about ink-and-paper books, I became fully entrenched in electronic reading. I didn’t think I’d ever go back.
Then I became a mom.
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Sep 29, 2011
The tablet market got a little more crowded this week. What remains to be seen is whether the top 80% or the bottom 20% feels the squeeze, or if maybe the whole pie gets bigger to make room for a new player. Amazon’s entry had been widely anticipated and predicted to be a potential “iPad killer”. The announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a 7-inch Android device with an aggressive $199 price point, made headlines on Wednesday, but measuring it against the iPad may be comparing apples to, um, Apples. Read more »
Jun 7, 2011
Almost one year ago, Amazon announced that sales of books for the Kindle had for the first time outnumbered sales of hardcover books. Just last month, Amazon stated that the Kindle was outselling hardcover and paperback combined.
With the recent releases of dedicated e-readers and tablet computers, there has been a surge in electronic media for consumer consumption. Many companies offer magazines, newspapers, books, and other materials that were once only available in hardcopy in a digital format. This explosion in digital media has caused e-readers and tablets to become major consumer products.
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Apr 4, 2011
I’ve always been an avid reader, but I don’t always find as much time as I’d like to sit back and read a good book. Last week, I took a relaxing vacation and rediscovered my love of literature.
Years ago, I recall a rather forward-thinking teacher telling my sixth grade class that people would someday do all of their reading on computers.
“I don’t like that idea,” my friend instantly objected. “You can’t curl up with a computer!” Of course, my classmate was quite right at the time–the computers of yesteryear were big, noisy, and barely transportable. Those computers had to be placed on a desk or table, and they also required access to an electrical outlet. Read more »