Anything you can do, I can do better

After a rather long week, Mr C and I decided to retire from our desks early last night and take to our respective books for reading.

It was fun.

Mr C is currently enjoying Joe Saward’s latest book – The Man Who Caught Crippen. At the moment, it is only available in paperback, and it’s the first physical book we’ve ordered from Amazon in a long time (and it may well be the last). Meanwhile, I am suffering through the final book of the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, via my Kindle app.

We settled down, Mr C with his paperback, and me with my HTC Desire. The first problem emerged, when Mr C kept adjusting the lamp to try and get some decent lighting. Meanwhile, my phone was happily backlit and I had no problems. I also made a point of asking whether Mr C could tell how far through his book he was, whereas I was given a percentage. He wasn’t that bothered though, having only just started.

A while later, I had to get up. My phone was protesting at the lack of battery reserves. Mr C was gloating, until I simply retrieved my iPod, synced with the Kindle App on there, and continued on my merry way, updating him on my new percentage through the book as I went.

In the end, my eyes got tired and I had to go to sleep. Mr C continued on with his reading by lamplight.

There are pros and cons to each way of reading, but I think we both agreed that the ebook has more preferable qualities than the paperback. The number one problem being we have nowhere to store the book, other than strewn clumsily about our desks.

It was an interesting, if unintended, experiment.

4 thoughts on “Anything you can do, I can do better

  1. Percentages for books are easy if you check the page number. If you read enough books, you don’t even need to check the final number of pages because you can guess.

    I’m still not convinced about e-books, especially since my mobuile platform has them on at least 4 different platforms (Word, PDF, Mobipocket and XME), and that’s just for the books you can get for free. By the time I’ve remembered which platform goes with the book I want, it’s less hassle to have picked a book off whatever horizontal surface I last used for it…

  2. The environmental aspect of eBooks also appeals to me which is why I haven’t bought a physical CD in a long time.

    Have you tried reading on a Kindle? (As opposed to just using the app.) I don’t think you eyes would get tired on there and battery life is barely an issue.

  3. I haven’t read anything for a significant amount of time on a Kindle. My brother is getting a new one as soon as they can get around to shipping it, so I’ll get a closer look then. I know the e-ink screen is meant to be better but the page turn really bothers me.

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