I'm crazy about Web browsing, movie watching and other activities on the iPad, but the idea of reading ordinary books on Apple's device just doesn't appeal to me. I prefer the old-fashioned experience of reading in the printed form.
I'm intrigued, though, by the idea that the iPad, and eventually other tablet devices will give rise to a hybrid medium--call them book apps--that mix text with video, sound and game-like interactivity.
After sampling several early examples of these books apps, I've seen some tantalizing hints of the creative possibilities for authors and publishers who recast themselves as app makers.
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Nothing quite like the smell of paper in my opinion, or the ability to trace the indentations of the printed characters in paper/shiny paper of image plates/tactile details on covers. I wonder how these sensory and highly evocative emotional attachments to reading that I have/do enjoy(ed) will evolve, especially as they are unique to different books. The issue of value is one that I find hard to overcome also, being someone who enjoys collecting rare books, or those with lovely images and stories - they are things of beauty.
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