Troglodytes like myself have been slow to pick up on technology. You’ve heard of “early adopters” and “digital natives.” I proudly consider myself to be a digital dinosaur. Years after the Kindle arrived, I got one. And just recently I went over to the dark side of a smart phone.
I do find my Kindle handy for carrying around a raft of proposed manuscripts IVP is considering for publication–as well as books we’ve already published. I generally am happier reading my Kindle when it is light reading. If the book is something I want to slowly study and digest, it’s print for me.
I think my experience reading digitally is similar to that of many others. That’s what a recent piece in the Huffington Post suggests. Even younger readers often prefer print for study. And their experience is often more satisfactory in print even when reading novels.
Those of us who appreciated The Shallows for its even-handed analysis with some cautionary tales about the digital world, can take heart.