I’m…. (deep breath)………contemplating the purchase of an e-reader. (lets breath out). A red one, now that I know they come in red.I’ve always been a reader; reading defines me. I even worked in a bookstore for four years, and although it wrecked my back, I was extremely knowledgeable about books. I felt like quite the smarty-pants back then. When I was teaching, reading was part of my job too, requiring me to talk lovingly about books and to know them intimately.
I haven’t read much in the last few months beyond Eric Carle, but I have managed to read enough books to keep me in the loop. Without a lot of disposable income, I have to rely on what people lend to me, and that’s been good. But see, I work with two copious readers. They talk about their reading. I also read the NPR “Books we Like” blog, and I think that’s nifty. E-readers allow you to download books for a little less than what you would pay in the store, and there are oodles of free books as part of Project Gutenberg. I want to read more…
…but I’m stuck. I can’t say that I am ready to give up the feel of a book: the heft, the page turning, the way my hands hold it. The way I can hold and turn pages of a book shouldn’t be enough reason for me NOT to get an e-reader, right?
I’m kind of inspired by the trends I am seeing in some schools where e-readers are used. My husband even uses an iPad as an e-reader with his students who live on the Autism Spectrum. I’m curious as to what you think…do you own an e-reader? Do you like it? Does your school support using e-books in your classrooms? Does your school have e-readers?
Let me know what you think!