Originally posted by Chris Wasshuber:
A question for Matt and all the other ebook-haters. So you hate ebooks because you do not want to read on your computer - right? If this is the case I don't understand why you guys are online? You write and print long messages to this forum and most likely spend more time online with emails, surfing, a.s.o. Further, books and magazines these days are written and produced on a computer. Now you guys want to tell me you hate doing that? You should find a different occupation then.
I think you are not totally honest with this absolute 'hate for ebooks', otherwise you shouldn't be here online. Or what am I missing in my assessment?
What you're missing in your assessment, Chris, is that being online is not my "occupation," as you call it. Actually, misinterpretation seems to be a rather large aspect of your posts.
We're talking, when referring to books, about reading material for serious comprehension, not spending a few minutes with banter, which is what I consider online stuff.
Many articles have been written about the fault with reading on a screen (in Wired magazine and elsewhere) and you can go back to McLuhan to see the difference between the screen and the printed page.
You've got an axe to grind, Chris, as your signature line continualy tells the world. There's no doubt in my mind that in 50 years we'll be absorbing information from some sort of e-media in greater proportion than we do now, but I'm equally sure that those media will be easier to use than a CRT, LCD screen or the other options presently available. Until then, books remain, for me, the medium that's most user friendly.
[ August 20, 2001: Message edited by: Matthew Field ]