There’sÂ no denying that our everyday lives are influenced more and moreÂ byÂ technology. Whether it’s something fun, like the release of StarCraft II, or the promise of something practical (and fun), like the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid car, there is never a shortage ofÂ awesome new items being developed, manufactured, and sold.
And I love new technology. All of it. Though I freely admit I can’t keep up with it all. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to see to myÂ personalÂ quirks and glitches and procure and actually use all the latest cool gadgets. Hell, I’ve barely managed to squeeze computers, cell phones, MP3 players,Â and a Mr. CoffeeÂ machine into my routine. But I would definitely use more if I could.
When it comes toÂ an item like a KindleÂ or anÂ iPad, however,Â I simply have no interest.
AmazonÂ reported a couple weeks agoÂ it is now selling 80% more downloaded books than hardbacks, so it isÂ obviously another popular wave of consumer technology,Â butÂ the thing is, electronic books just don’t appeal to me.
I don’t consider myself old fashioned, despite the fact that a night out for me consists of pitching woo in the rumble seat with my best girl and using phrases like “23 skiddoo”. And I don’t necessarily want to kill trees, but I prefer printed books.
Now, I have no rational reason for the preference, and I realize that I may eventually have to change, as more and more titlesÂ become available only in electronic form. I just like the heft of a printed book, the feel of it in my hands, the smell and feel of the pages, and the nostalgia of seeing my favorites sitting on my bookshelf.
But what about you?
Do you have a preference? Print or electronic? What are the pros/cons of either? Do you have a Kindle, iPad, other? Any hard-dying connections with books? Do you place value on a well stocked bookshelf? If a train left New York traveling west at 65 mph, and at the same time, a jet left Los Angeles traveling east at 650 mph, what would be the sound of one hand clapping? And just how do they grow more seedless watermelons anyway? Also, if a tree fell in the woods, are you hoping it lands on me right about now?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.