In a recent post on his wonderfully digressive Blog (an American Editor), Rich Adin ponders what the After life will be like for addicted readers of ebooks.
When I read his contemplation of how ebooks have changed his reading habits, and his worry that Heaven (I love the way he assumes that he is heading to that place) won’t provide him with enough ebooks and a comfortable reading chair in which to pass eternity in pleasant comfort, I felt I had to share it with you all.
So here are his thoughts on this enormously important point:-
Will there be ebooks in the afterlife?
Every once in a while we need to exercise our minds and imagine what our future will be like. We all know that at some point we need to say goodbye to our current existence and move on. I don’t know whether or not there is an afterlife, but for the sake of this article, I’m willing to assume that there is one.
I know that for me it will be a miserable afterlife if I haven’t got a La-Z-Boy rocking-recliner (I need a comfortable place to both read and to take naps) and a never-ending library of books to read. So the question isn’t so much will there be a library of books — I’m sure that in my afterlife I’ll have the basics for an eternal good time, including no politicians – but will there be a comfortable chair and ebooks?
I’m pondering this because with the passing of each day, I am increasingly disinclined to pick up a pbook to read. Just about everything to do with pleasure reading is a better experience on my Sony 950 Reader than it is picking up a print book. Well, except, of course, for that book smell that one gets from a pbook (and I can easily do without the musty smell that often accompanies a pbook that has started to succumb to mold and mildew!) but which has yet to be duplicated by an ebook. Continue reading