By Ralph Phillips, Computer & Information Systems
I was an early adopter of the Amazon Kindle, a popular e-book reader. However, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was and am still not the ideal e-book user. You see, I am a fan of libraries and the free books they offer. I’m also a fan of book exchanges and friends loaning me books. As soon as I got my Kindle I became a book purchaser and started spending more than I wanted on books that I could have checked out for free. I’ve come to realize that to warrant the expense of an e-book reader, you need to be…
- an avid reader (but that’s not all).
- a regular book purchaser.
- someone that often has several books going at once.
- regularly in situations where carrying multiples books is a true inconvenience, like traveling on an airplane.
Although I know people that fit all four of these criteria, I only fit two of them. That is why my Kindle now collects dust on the same shelf that I keep the half-dozen library books I’ve got checked out at any given time.
But there is something new on the horizon that has grabbed my attention–vooks. What is a vook? It is a new format of e-book that integrates video clips into the traditional text. A vook can be read on a normal computer or on an iPhone. The curious reader can visit http://vook.com/ and download one of four available volumes. Topics include health/fitness, beauty tips, and there is even a romance novella.
Readers are changing, books are changing, and certainly the technology that unites these two groups is changing.