Rethinking eReaders after hauling around fat books

Posted By on July 21, 2010

toomuchbookI met my daughter at the Barnes and Noble bookstore tonight and had a chance to play with her electronic Nook reader again, but this time in the store. I have to admit for reading, the screen is excellent and reading text easy even for my presbyopia. haulingpaperbooksReading from the eReader has me re-thinking that there is a better way than hauling around hardback and paperback books. Still, I’m in the printing business and feel a little guilty giving up on paper, although my best friend just bought a Kindle!

Another consideration is that my computer bag is starting to bulge beyond what should be asked from it … especially stuffed with a recent book from Karl and Clayton’s Summer Book Club, Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought – even in paperback it tips the scales at 928 pages! What to do, what to do?


  • Meanwhile I’m on the other end of the spectrum: my company does profit from the sale of Kindles, but I don’t own one myself. I think they’re great, but the books I read are often not available in electronic format.
    I wish my daughter’s textbooks were all Kindle-able so that she could carry a backpack that is about a dozen pounds lighter when she goes to school.

  • As for backpack weight, it doesn’t end when they head off to college even though much of my daughters study material is on the computer. I carried her backpack like briefcase for a few minutes last night and ended up having to sling it over my shoulder it was so heavy. Hauling this weight either will end up building our kids up or causing back problems?

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.