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What an e-reader can and cannot do

I don’t yet have a Kindle or other e-reading device. But the prices keep coming down, and the advantages are obvious. An e-reader offers:

--Almost instant access to thousands of books, including many free ones in the public domain.
--Access to the best newspapers and periodicals
--Greater portability (No more trying to cram books into a small carry-on!)
--The various search features for study

So, it’s tempting, and I’m about to take the plunge. But there’s one question. Will having an e-reader mean I will read more than before? Now that would be a real selling point.

I don’t know about you, but my biggest challenge is not the choice between reading on paper or screen, but making time to read the books and articles on a long waiting list. It’s the classic dilemma: too many good things to read and too little time.

Would having a sleek e-reader, with near-instant access to about any book a man or woman could desire, strengthen my reading habit? Maybe, maybe not. (Admittedly, e-readers aren’t yet practical in some parts of the world, and in others inexpensive smart phones may take the place of the e-readers.)

What has been your experience with an e-reader? Do you find yourself investing more time and energy in reading?

Meanwhile, let's make more and better reading a New Year's resolution, regardless of the media we use.

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