Reading The Windup Girl on the Kindle

So I spend some part of Thanksgiving weekend reading The Windup Girl on the Kindle for iPad app. It's a great novel set in a post-oil Thailand. It's got great characters an interesting plot and a great premise.

But I wanted to talk about the iPad reading experience. I was skeptical that it would work, that the device was just a bit too heavy, and that the lighted up screen would cause eye strain.

It turns out that the iPad is comfortable enough to hold curled up in bed. The lighted screen isn't a strain on the eyes, and I don't have to get up when the light fades. And the experience is just as immersive as reading on a printed page. I love how I never lose my place, but hate that I don't have a sense of how far I am to the end of the book.

It's surprising that books are one of the last media to transition from physical to purely digital, since books actually require much less bandwidth to transfer than music or movies. I guess we are only now getting devices that are good enough for reading comfortably. There's still an advantage to physical media though -- my biggest problem now is that I liked the book so much I want one on my shelf!

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