'Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate': this is the initial thought that comes to mind post reading "Of Two Minds About Books" .Yet, when it comes down to it, I can reason with those who fear the loss of a books "feel". Feel encompasses the book; the feel is the aura- way more than perception of touch. I think that most people hate on ebooks prior to experiencing because this new medium, whether it be the iPad, Kindle, Nook, or some other form of tablet, because this form of innovative thinking has never retracted so eagerly from its original motive. That is to say that reading ebooks completely wipe away what we know as reading then introduces an entirely different motive used to actually read. That said, I know others, like my parents and grandparents for example, who welcomed e-reading with open arms. They were pleased to experience an alternative experience in the realm of learning. Thus, I cannot pinpoint the age, or even genre of those "hating" the push forward to a land of digital reading.
My only perception is that the divide lies within those emotionally attached to tangible books and those who.. well... aren't. I appreciate the bundling deals that bookstores are implementing; it is the means by which I came to appreciate the ebook anyhow. A few months ago, I walked out of Barnes and Noble with three books and one ten dollar gift card for a Kindle ebook. Lacking the Kindle needed to obtain the full circle experience, I downloaded the Kindle app via Macbook and read Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" in a matter of days. As someone who enjoys taking their time reading a book, flipping through the pages and taking every word in, I feel that I appreciated this process of reading more so than any other book I have read- those that possessed a spine. Maybe this content was particularly exceptional, or maybe the first encounter with a new medium of reading was enough hype to pump me up about the ebook in general. Or maybe the concept all together was that spectacular. The real test will come as I continue to read via iPad or what not. From my own personal experience, the bundle is where its at! This summer my opinion towards the ebook transformed from disinterested and grateful. Thank you, bundle, for all that you do.
We must educate those disinterested, if I can be swayed with one small gift card, I think the more stubborn could be acclimated to a new means of reading as well.