- With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.
- How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
I don't find the advent of video, and a lot of other stuff to be that great of a benefit. All I really need is just to be able to read the print. That being said, it is very nice to be able to use the dictionary to look up a word just by clicking on it. Still, I'm fairly simple in what I need when it comes to a book. There are, however, people like my son. He claims to like books and to like reading. But it takes the internet being down, and a malfunction of his vido game system, and for him to not be able to find anything else to do - all at the same time - before he will consider picking up a book. He says they just move too slow for him to keep his attention. For him, and those like him, video, music, and anything else that could be crammed in there might be of a benefit. And in the video game, fast paced, visually oriented, future we seem to be heading, those types of features may be what's needed to keep future generations reading.
Being a lover of books and reading, yes, I think that does bother me.