05 February 2010

Kindle and real reading

John Naughton has picked up (via The Princetonian) on the experience of Princeton students using Kindles donated by Amazon for their course work. One student reports:

“Much of my learning comes from a physical interaction with the text: bookmarks, highlights, page-tearing, sticky notes and other marks representing the importance of certain passages — not to mention margin notes, where most of my paper ideas come from and interaction with the material occurs,” he explained. “All these things have been lost, and if not lost they’re too slow to keep up with my thinking, and the ‘features’ have been rendered useless.”

Which takes us back to Lisa Jardine's comments that ebooks don't yet support 'real reading.'

Will they ever? Will the iPod ever substitute for orchestral listening, or even B&O?

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