Booking Through Thursday: Interactive?

Well, it is definitely not Thursday, but I hate to fall too far behind on a brand-new meme.

With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.

How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?

I read an article a couple of years ago about a novel that was designed to be read in tandem with the book’s website. You didn’t get the whole story from the ink-and-paper book; you had to go online to complete it. I was horrified. I don’t mind adding to the content with extras like glossaries and full-color illustrations that would be too expensive to print on paper. The Harry Potter Lexicon, although controversial, is a fantastic resource.

However, I remain convinced that the printed word will endure. eBooks are often cheaper than paper books, but I haven’t noticed the price of paper books going up. People are still buying them. Yes, eBooks are the wave of the future, but I’m not excited enough to give up that new book smell.



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