Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Survey - read an online book or a physical book?

Here is the question. Would you rather read a book online, or read a physical book? Please reply in the comment section to let me know what you think. I have my preference, which most of you reading this probably can guess, but I'd rather not reveal all until I have the results of this informal online poll.

My son Ben is reading Great Expectations for his 8th grade honors English course. The teacher has put a link online and asked all the students to read the book online. If you have ever read Dickens, you know that he writes very long, complex books with dozens of characters. Personally, I enjoy Dickens very much, but he is not an 'easy read.' There are benefits to reading online. You can search for a name, and see every instance of that name, or go to a specific place where that name is mentioned. There are drawbacks as well. Yesterday I walked to the library to check out Great Expectations. Oops - there goes my bias.

I'll reveal the results of the survey in my next blog.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sis, I'm reading through your wonderful blog posts and wanted to respond to this topic. I am still "old school" and like to read real my hands...turning the pages...and sometimes even marking them up.

    I see your point about reading online (or on a tablet for that matter) and being able to immediately click on links. But I don't think many novelists intended for their audience to stop midstream and click elsewhere -- losing the flow of the wording/mood/etc.

    We'll see what others say,