This week's BTT topic is all about e-reading: "E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?"
I do have an iPad and I do like it. It's not great for blogging, but for Internet surfing and checking email and just playing, it's great. And lately I've been doing more and more e-reading with it, too. I downloaded the Kindle app for free from Amazon, and I've also downloaded several dozen books now -- many of them also free.
It's interesting that these questions came up just now, since yesterday I was reading an article about the results of a German study that found older people read faster and process their reading more efficiently when reading on a tablet -- faster than when reading printed books, or even with a Kindle or other electronic devices. And although the "older people" in the study were even older than moi (but I'm getting there), I'm finding that I do seem to read faster on the iPad than when I'm reading printed books.
I still prefer printed books -- and that was true of the people in the study, too -- but I can definitely see more e-reading in my future.