a case for e-readers

By which I don’t mean a case as in an argument, but a case as in a binding or container.

For reasons of no relevance here, I have just followed a trail of links that led me to an advert with this illustration:

Kindle case

I am bemused, to say the least, by the product, which is described as a “beautiful, handmade bookbindery case” that “provides rugged protection, while creating the feel of holding a traditional book in your hand.”

I’ve read a number of comments about how unnatural the whole physical activity of reading a traditional book is: how you have to hold the double page open – often when it seeems determined to close itself – though you can only read one page at a time. An e-reader is claimed to be more intuitive and natural as it only displays the area you are reading, and you don’t need to fight to stop it closing.

But here we have a case for an e-reader that creates “the feel of holding a traditional book”. Is it just me, or does this seem slightly illogical?

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2 thoughts on “a case for e-readers”

  1. The Kindle. It’s like a book except it isn’t as useful, and is more expensive.

    And you only own the rights to the text until they take it from you.

    But it’s FUTURISTIC!

    Just like the paperless office we were promised.


    1. You don’t own the rights to the text inside a book.
      You can, however, read it time and again, lend it to as many people as you choose, and then reclaim it and re-read it until the pages turn yellow, disintegrate and the print wears off.
      It was suggested to me (via e-mail) that what is needed is a ‘traditional book’ that can be disguised as a computer so those who work in offices can look busy while actually reading something worth while.
      As for ‘the paperless office’: well the banks no longer send me statements etc, but I still have to print everything out for my accountant to present to the Tax Office. The banks save money, the PO loses out and so do I.
      Net gain? Probably not.


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