It's a sign of how digitized the times are when the sight of a few people reading actual paper books makes me do a double-take.

I've joined the digital revolution myself – I never ever go anywhere without my Kindle. In fact, given the choice between my camera or my Kindle… the Kindle would win. However, I still have a huge soft spot for real paper books. If I could, I'd live in a library! Also, real books never run out of battery. 😉

So, I get unaccountably happy when I see people reading actual books, and want to go up and give them a big ol' high five 🙂

Off to bed to fight the onset of a cold, have a good weekend everyone!


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January 27, 2012 – Readers

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  • January 27, 2012 - 14:55 | Permalink

    Awesome shot! And I'm still on the fence on eReaders myself. I still like those old paperbacks. Especially for manga. He he. Have a good night! 😉

  • January 27, 2012 - 14:57 | Permalink

    Nice shot! I've re-discovered the joy of reading since getting my Kindle too 🙂

  • January 28, 2012 - 01:33 | Permalink

    I am partial to the paper version myself. It provides a tactile experience above and beyond the intellectual one gains from reading that is not currently present with E-readers.
    Nice contrast between one sleeper and four readers. A genuine moment on the trains in Tokyo. You have also shot this with a great perspective.

  • January 28, 2012 - 08:07 | Permalink

    +Mark Esguerra , I was on the fence for a while about ereaders as well, but if I bought every book I read (and I read at least 2 books a week, heavy on sci-fi/fantasy), I'd be drowning in books in my tiny Japan-sized apartment :p
    So the Kindle was created just in time for me 😉

    +Joanne Yu , indeed! I used to carry mammoth sized books with me every day on the train until I got the Kindle – now I carry 500+ books in my jacket pocket 😀

    Thanks +Jeff Austin ! I do still buy paper books, but have already resorted to stacking them on my tables and on the floor because I don't have any more room on my shelves 🙁
    So the Kindle is pretty much a necessity for me at this point. Give it a try if you haven't already – the Kindle's e-ink is far more readable than the glossy screen of an ipad (and much easier to hold for long periods of time in one hand). It still doesn't replace a real book (and it never will, unless they make something that never runs out of battery), but it comes pretty close!

  • January 28, 2012 - 09:15 | Permalink

    I hear you on the shelf space vs digital storage. I will have look at the kindle.

  • January 28, 2012 - 09:58 | Permalink

    +Jeff Austin , you can look at mine next weekend. +Joanne Yu , do you have the newest Kindle? Mine is the keyboard one (3rd gen) 🙂

  • January 28, 2012 - 10:25 | Permalink

    I've got the old school 2nd gen one! It looks like a dinosaur compared to the newest one 🙂 I still love paper books, but being a bit of a nomad and not being the type to sell my books, I've amassed a heavy collection of paper that needs to get dealt with every time I move. Digital books are easier to handle in that sense. I've only been buying photo books in print, everything else is electronic.

  • January 29, 2012 - 23:42 | Permalink

    2nd gen's still WAY better than 1st gen +Joanne Yu – I had 2nd gen for a while until I gave it to my brother and bought 3rd gen. Still going to stick with it, though I am tempted by the newer models (aren't we always) 🙂
    And completely understand the "collection of paper" – I'd say at least 1/3 of my possessions consist of books (^^;

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