I won’t finish the title with my favorite ending (you know, from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In? Where the little guy with the German accent says Very interesting, but stupid? Yup. it’s a link, especially for you youngies who don’t know what Laugh In is… or was)
Sorry. I am way off course…
Okay, so I’m in this facebook group called “Pat’s first kindle”. It’s filled with some heavy hitters – best seller Kindle folks who write, of all things, “how to” books. One fine fellow posted a link that looked at the way people read today vs a bazillion years ago (sorry, I don’t keep accurate numbers or names in my head. Thus, the exaggeration and ambiguous “they” references). The post looked at how people read electronic devices – iphones, tablets and such and found that when on such devices, they are skimming for information. How many times have you been on facebook and scrolled? How many times do you actually open a link and finish a blog post?
Then they looked at how people approach paper books and found people generally read “deeper”. When was the last time you skimmed through a really, really good book? Don’t we all love those ones that capture and hold us? Ones where we actually get lost in the story?
I cherish but a handful of books. Sad there aren’t more, but I’m a picky reader and I can’t seem to shut off that pesky inner editor.
BUT, I do find I’m more forgiving of a traditionally printed book than of e-books. I always wondered why so few e-books truly draw me in. My kindle is full of partially sampled and completely unfinished stories. Most are on par with what I’d find at a bookstore, so does this finally explain my inexplicable reluctance to dive in and get lost in an electronic story?
Seems to make sense. I’m a writer. I stare at a computer, endlessly tweaking and killing adverbs. Adjusting fragments. Or the passive tense that stalks my writing I’m taking out. So, when I see errors on a screen, I just want to scream!
What about you? Do you read e-books (fiction in particular) the same way you read printed books?