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This Slim Aarons photo of Renata Boeck reading the newspaper in bed got me thinking about the reading habits of modern-day Americans. My professor and I were talking about this subject the other day—Americans simply do not read as much as they used to! I believe this is due largely in part to the way we use technology today. I mean, why buy a newspaper when you can find all of the information you need online for free?
I wonder if the introduction of Apple’s iPad (the product is available in stores on April 3rd) will change all of this. My generation was not socialized to sit down and read the newspaper like my grandparent’s generation, but maybe my generation will be more open to reading the newspaper if it comes in a portable electronic format. I think I would. I think I’d read more books, too. What do you think? Do you think that a book loses its integrity if it comes in an electronic format verses a paper one? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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I don't think books lose their integrity with an electronic format but me personally...I can't get behind the whole e-reader thing. I love books - the cover-art, the smell, everything. Not to say I don't think the kindles and the like have their place, I just wouldn't choose to read that way. That being said...I do get all my news online. It's the future, I would just be devastated to see books disappear in the process.

03.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Although I've thought about getting an e-reader, I think books will always have a large place in my heart. E-readers are definitely more convenient for travel, but I agree with Lauren- I just love everything about books!

Lauren-- I completely agree. I would be so devastated to see books disappear or even become scare. That's the only problem I have with the iPad-- I love the feeling of holding a book in my hand. But, I carry around so much stuff that it would be nice to consolidate on something like the iPad!

03.15.2010 | Unregistered Commentera lovely being

I LOVE Slim Aarons photography, so glam! As far as reading... I am totally a books girl. I love all the different covers and piles that end up in the house after reading, its like looking at an accomplishment, and its always fun to look back on, or lend them out!

paper please. no i pad. i pads are scary.

You're all so right! There really is nothing better than a full library. I don't think books could ever go out of style :)

03.15.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

I prefer real books. I just don't like reading anything too long online or electronically. Of course, I do read most of my news online except WWD.

03.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Stacie-- Me, too. I can't stare at my computer screen for more than two hours without having to take a break (my eyes start to burn!). I wonder if the iPad will affect eyesight the same way! I can't imagine that it would be any different than the screen on my Apple laptop.

03.16.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

There's just a feeling I get with a paper or a book that can't be replicated. I can't get into the e-reading (aside from blogs, of course). Getting a New York Times and coffee on Sundays is a tradition I would hate to lose! xo

03.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

personally, love the feel of books and newspapers in my hands. i just don't like the thought of everything going electronic. then again, i'm a bit of a romantic....love the old wholesome way of doing things!

03.24.2010 | Unregistered Commenterplaisirs simples

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