My aunty said that the hardcover books she likes to read are too heavy for her, and so she wanted the iPad. She didn’t want just an ebook reader because she also wants to play games, and she liked playing games on my mom’s iPad.
Mom and I started talking about reading books on devices like the Nook, Kindle, and the iPad. I personally like reading books best on my Nook because of several reasons:
The Nook Touch is extremely lightweight
I can adjust the fonts to be as large as I need them to be
There are hundreds of books in my Nook for me to choose from, depending on my mood.
My mom likes her iPad because the screen is larger and like me she enjoys making the fonts larger. It’s not as light as the Nook, but she can also play games on the iPad with the larger screen.
This got us to talking about how most “older” readers like my mom and aunty’s age theoretically should like ebook readers over paperback or hardcover books, for the simple fact that they can adjust the font size to be as large as they need it to be. Also, for the iPad at least, the screen is larger, although you have a heaver device with the larger screen.
Mom, however, lamented the fact that most of her friends are very computer-phobic, and even though you don’t need a computer to use a Nook or Kindle, her friends shy away from technology.
That made me kind of sad, because I can see how an ebook reader would allow older people to still enjoy books that they might have a hard time reading because the font is too small. The Nook and Kindle are both very easy to use, also. The iPad is a bit more difficult to use and you need a computer, but it was easy enough for my mom to learn to use it once I set up her wireless connection for her.
I think that as more people get ebook readers and as their non-tech-savvy friends see them using them and get to play around with the devices for themselves, then more people will start getting ebook readers, especially people who are older. I think we will see this happening in the coming years.
I think there will always be paperback and hardcover books, because people will always love them. But as readers get older and the font size and weight of the books make more of a difference to them, I think they might start looking into ebook readers for themselves. What do you think?
On a purely self-promotional note, I noticed that the ebook copy of my December release, Protection for Hire, got pushed back a week on Christianbook.com, but it should be available today! You can also get the Kindle, Nookbook, and Kobo versions right now. I hope you enjoy it!
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is the first book in her new series, Protection for Hire, which is a cross between Stephanie Plum and The Joy Luck Club. She is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things like knitting, running, dogs, and Asiana. Visit her website to sign up for her quarterly newsletter.
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