I am a regular reader of /. (slashdot, for those unfamiliar with it, is a technology-related news site covering a variety of cutting edge tech today from software, programming, security and gadgets - the ultimate geek news site, if you will) The news, is always interesting but I might add, never nearly as fun or entertaining as the comments from the "slash-dotters", but I digress. Today's thought-provoking article was related to a battle of sorts between magazine publishers and Apple for magazine apps to be read via the iPad. You can read, and/or argue with the other comments on the article if you want by clicking here but that's not what I'm writing about.
What I am interested in pondering is whether ebook readership is really the wave of the future in its current incarnation or will it need to evolve further first? What do I mean? First let me ask, are you a current iPad, tablet or ebook reader owner? I know that these devices are very popular, so maybe it's silly to ask this question but I'll ask anyway. Does it truly replace traditional reading material or complement it? The reason I ask this is because as a previous iPad owner, I found that the ebook idea was less than ideal for me. Now this is in the area of reading material like magazines, not large texts or novels that might be different. For me, the ability to actually flip through the pages of a magazine was entirely different than using an iPad, and much more appealing also. Jumping through the pages of a magazine is, in and of itself, part of the ritual that we do, or at least I do, that makes it so enjoyable. Sometimes, it's not even the articles or material as much as just scanning stuff quickly to pass the time.
Tablets all seem to miss something, and although very useful in many ways, including for long texts and books, I'm not sure that they'll replace my magazine readership anytime in the near future. Perhaps when there is a digital device that feels like a magazine, paper thin and with tangible, changeable pages, It'll change my mind.
Call me old skool, but I'm not giving up my magazines, in spite of my geekiness in every other way!