Book reviewer John Warner likes reading e-books – to his surprise!

Here is part of a post by book reviewer John Warner from the Tournament of Books. Thanks to Quillblog for the link.

… I’m going to talk about the experience of reading City of Refuge on my iPod and the Kindle. Here’s the headline: Bookstores Are Screwed Unless They Adapt.

People have no idea how much it pains me to say this. I was, quite literally, raised in an independent bookstore that my mother founded with her partners when I was a year old. …

header2009.gifI love books, physical books. When I left Chicago for graduate school in Louisiana, the only things in my car were my dog, my guitar, and my books. As I type this, I am surrounded by books and if my office were bigger, I’d be surrounded by even more of them because I have easily twice as many stowed away in boxes. I can look at my shelves and remember the time and the place I read each book.

But now that I’ve read City of Refuge on a digital device (70% on the iPod/30% on the Kindle), I can now see the future and it looks very, very different for publishers, writers, and booksellers.

Prior to the experience, I imagined that reading on one of these devices is, for sure, inferior to reading a good, old-fashioned book. I was especially dubious about the iPod, since I’d found the device totally frustrating and unacceptable for reading online newspapers or articles. But I have to tell you, I actually found reading on the iPod totally pleasurable. In fact, I think it’s entirely possible that I read with deeper engagement and absorption than I would’ve had I been reading the physical hard copy.

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1 Comment on Book reviewer John Warner likes reading e-books – to his surprise!

  1. A very interesting post, definitely worth following the link to see more about what Mr. Warner says. Maybe its the first crack in the damn; perhaps soon mainstream publishers will realize that ebooks will make up a significant share of the book market in the not too distant future.

    I particularly liked the fact that Mr. Warner saw the dangers of a Kindle dominated ebook marketplace. Hopefully, the publishers will ultimately realize that it is in their best interst to have a standardized, device neutral way of distributing and reading books.


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