Give me a book over the new iPad any day
I am an Apple devotee. I think Steve Jobs was one of the greatest icons of our times--I'm like a groupie--but by no means have I replaced my print books with the iPad and I don't I think I ever will.
Browsing through the New York Times is an almost impossible task for me as it is, so I cannot even fathom the idea of going through a novel with the constant interruptions of Facebook, e-mail and Twitter, not to mention the hyperlinks...it's never ending, at least for me.
Those hyperlinks drive me a bit insane because I just can't stop clicking on them, which means that I can't go through one whole article without taking some sort of detour until suddenly I find myself reading something that I wasn't even looking for in the first place!
The iPad offers a world of information at our fingertips but it also offers a huge array of distractions. Once upon a time we could just grab a book and take a quiet journey. Reading on a tablet is too stressful, not to mention obsessive.
I can't be the only one who feels this way because a recent survey conducted by Forrester Research showed that 31 percent of publishers believe that the iPad and tablets are the ideal e-reading platform; but one year ago, 46 percent thought they were ideal. So the numbers are going down. I've also been asking everyone I know about their reading preferences and they all seem to agree that tablets are awesome for the plane or the subway, where no Wi-Fi is available.
"The tablet is like a temptress," said James McQuivey, the Forrester Research analyst who led the survey. "It's constantly saying, 'You could be on YouTube now.' Or it's sending constant alerts that pop up, saying you just got an e-mail"
I'm convinced that books are better read in print. I used to be a very prolific reader before the iPad and as much as I love it, I have to acknowledge the instant it came in to my life it fanned the flames of my ever-present and untreated attention deficit disorder.
So my advice to other Moms like me is this: Leave the devices behind. Do this for the sake of our children--we don't want them devouring information like crazed pop-culture junkies. It's our job to show them the beauty that lies behind the printed words of our favorite literary classics.