As you've probably guessed, I'm not the sort to get excited about slick new technology until it's been around for a while and has proven to be lasting and useful (as opposed to much of what tech turns out to be). The technologies that make me go all slack-jawed and product-lustful are generally of an older type. (Get it? Older type?... sigh, no one appreciates puns anymore.) Gramaphones, sextants, fire, etc. That being said, I do own an iPhone and like it quite a bit. Except for the times when I've tried to use it as an e-reader... one of the main focuses of the iPad it would seem.
I am still a fan of the book as a physical object. Kindles and Nooks and iPads (oh my!) hold no interest for me when it comes to the reading experience. While traveling in France, I thought I'd try using the iPhone as a reader to lessen my load in terms of packing (I once traveled to New York with a suitcase for books alone... not my best decision). I downloaded Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood and got thirty pages into it before I hunted down Shakespeare and Company and bought a 900 page tome to lug about. I love Atwood's writing, but the "reading experience" was so annoying to me that I would prefer to add three pounds to an already shoulder-bruising bag than read on a computer screen for long stretches of time.
The funny thing is, most people consider the preference of computer over book a generational issue. Not true. I am almost a digital native (old enough to remember playing in the yard, young enough to know the Super Mario Brother's theme song by heart), yet here I am. At the same rate, considering how long I've been employed with the library, there is a strong chance I'm biased.
posted by jw