Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks readers to ask their own question. My question is about online media in general more than it is about books:
Do you prefer online publications (newspapers, magazines, etc.) or reading devices like the Kindle to actual print?
I think this question in one way or another has been asked before, but it was recently brought to my mind again as I tried to navigate the online edition of the Austin American-Statesman, and found it, well, really unwieldy. There was little pleasure in it. The experience made me crave a hand-held paper newspaper. (I just went to the page to make a link to it and found another annoyance — a drop-down ad that flowed over links to stories. You have to close it to make it go away.)
At the same time, I like the additional features such as videos, Twitter pages, blogs, etc.
But, I really hope I never see the day that I use a Kindle, especially if it’s being monitored by marketers waiting to plunge deeper into our private life.
I like online previews, though. It’s nice to get a sense of a book by reading a few pages before buying it or checking it out of the library.