PRINT VS. ON-LINE
On the screen or in your hand? Print or on-line? Will the book survive the Internet? Will Kindle and other electronic readers make the bound book obsolete?
I’ve thought about this vaguely. Until now. I love the Internet and am completely at home there but I figured the book would always meet that comfort need – to curl up and relax on the couch. Today it all came to a crux for me and I voted with my wallet!
A few months ago I opted to replace my print Good Reading magazine subscription with an electronic one. I thought I would save paper. Save money. It would be convenient for looking up past articles and reviews.
Not so. I found navigating the screen to find what I wanted more confusing than flicking pages. Too many extra steps. I can never remember my ID. The process of settling down to read begins with a frantic scrabble to find the necessary numbers. Then I don’t feel like reading any more or the time window has slipped away.
So I have returned to the print version. It’s worth the extra money. I can read and relax again.
What do you think? Will print survive? Is my reaction a generational thing?