Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Books on the Touch — Not so terrible

It's been a while since I've posted here, for a variety of reasons, but I can now report that I have had a chance to do some reading on the iPod Touch. I loaded a copy of Dickens's Hard Times and gave it a go. Surprisingly enough, the experience wasn't terrible. It wasn't great, given that I could read about a paragraph at a time, but sitting on a train to Manhattan, before long it absolutely felt just like reading. Nothing electronic about it. I have to admit, I was more than a little surprised.

I'm not a convert to e-books yet, though. The hardware is just too expensive. Get these prices down to, say, under a hundred dollars, though, and we may really begin to see a publishing revolution.