Age columnist Michael Shmith recently bought himself a Kindle, and so he doesn't like it very much, apparently. He must be a died in the wool book lover, because he doesn't warm to the experience of reading text on a screen and swiping your finger to turn the pages. Hence his spiffy new Kindle has barely been used.
I have only dipped my toes into the slightly uncharted waters of ebooks this year. Just over a month ago, we started providing ebook loans to students at the college I work for. To educate myself about the technology, I downloaded and have started reading the ebook edition of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel Jane Eyre on my iPod touch.
This has been my first experience of reading an ebook on a handheld device. Unless you adjust the font size, the text is tiny and hard on your eyes. On the other hand, I do like the bookmark feature. You touch a ribbon on the top right hand corner of the screen and and a nifty red ribbon scrolls down. This lets you mark the page and come back later if you want to turn off the iPod or use another application.
As I have written on here before, ebook technology has not yet matured.I'm not a Luddite, but I don't see paper books becoming extinct any time soon. I have no plans to stop reading paper books instead of ebooks. Lifelong habits cannot be changed overnight.