THE BLOG
01/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hybrid Readers

I'm a hybrid reader, and I'll bet you probably are too. You are a member of the digital world, but you grew up reading books (you know, pages, print, that sort of thing), and you love the object almost as much as the stuff in them. But you like digital, the web at least, and maybe you've been wooed over by ebooks, as I have recently.

If the world continues making people like us, you could make a safe bet that this would be true indefinitely:

One thing did become clear when I spoke to other people about ebooks though. They are seen as a supplement to the printed word, not a replacement for it. Both Cliff and Kate said very emphatically that they would not stop buying real books if they had a Sony. A simple electronic device, however clever, was no substitute for the physical medium of ink and paper. If something was really precious to you, then both felt that they would go to a book store and buy the 'real thing', if you can call it that. more...

But what happens when we die out? Will the young'uns feel as we do about books? I'd like to think so, but I guess in twenty years or so, what I think won't make a shred of difference, not to the young'uns, or the text they are reading.

Anyway, it's nice to see publishers starting to get on board with digital. I hope they keep making real books, though. I hope we keep reading real books.

But please, gimme some cheap, easy-to-get ebooks soon! I am a hungry reader.