Anything you can do, I can do better

Published September 18, 2010

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.

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