If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a big rereader, especially when it comes to needing some comfort. As I was reading the sixth book in a series the other day (it came out on Tuesday), I got to thinking about ebooks and rereading. The rereading I’ve been doing the last couple of months have been of passages in books. With this series, if I wanted to go back and check something out in a previous book, I’d probably be out of luck as I only own it in electronic format. I brought this up in the class I co-taught on ebooks yesterday, and our third instructor said it perfectly: “you can’t find the place where the book falls open with ebooks.” Yes, I could bookmark and make a note. But how do I know there’s a particular passage I like rereading until I’ve read it three or four times through? With print books, I can quickly fan and scan to find my place. How can this behavior be replicated with ebooks? Is it even worth it to try? What about books/stories that are not likely to find their way into print? Other things I’m missing?
Posted by: Katie | July 23, 2010