Lots of noise around Kindle and Sony's reader at the moment. I know that many folks like Gerd are big fans of them for reading business stuff from but me, I'm still very much analogue for longer text stuff, be it work or leisure.
So today's Sunday Times has a great thought from Lynne Truss which suggests why the adoption of this kind of device might not be as rapid as their advocates might imagine (or hope).
"I like to see what other people are reading on the bus or the train; how far they've got; whether they're enjoying it."
In other words, part of the means we have of choosing books and content is other people's reactions to them. Maybe even, our individual enjoyment of what we read might be shaped by the enjoyment others seem to have. Which is why it is important that this stuff is visible.
"It seems to me that such information needs to be public for the good of us all and I'm sad to think of reading in public places ultimately becoming so private or even furtive"
Maybe the tangible version of our books/magazines/newspapers is important in another way from mere nostalgia…