I’ve just finished a really good book. I absolutely couldn’t put it down, and, when I did pause for breath to surface away from the story I was captivated by, I wondered if my experience would have been the same had I been reading it on a Kindle or an iPad.
Now, all my friends know that I’m a bit of a gadget freak. If I had an endless supply of cash my house would probably be filled with the latest electronic equipment (sadly this is not the case), but despite my love of technology I’m still drawn to the power of the printed page when it comes to immersing myself in a book. It’s the whole experience for me – the anticipation of starting the book I’ve chosen, the smell, the feel of the paper, and the turning of the page, not to mention the sleepless nights while I read into the small hours to find out what’s going to happen next, counting pages to see if I can read them all before I simply have to go to sleep!
Earlier this year when World Book Day was taking place to celebrate the joy of books and reading, various events were happening around the country to promote books to children, including, in some regions, the handing out of free books. What a fantastic idea, as a child I’d have loved nothing more than to be handed a new, free book, and not much has changed now I’m an adult.
I wholeheartedly believe that technology can complement paper, and that Kindles and iPads have their place for reading, for example when travelling light (books can make hand luggage quite heavy!), or for checking the news, but still there’s nothing better than the real deal.
So, on my honeymoon you know where you can find me – curled up on my sun lounger with book firmly in hand (and drink in the other!).