Dec 3 2008
I found this ShelfAwareness quote of the day to be bizarre:
"Bedrooms, bathrooms, beaches and buses will keep the physical book alive."–John Edwards, president and CEO of printer Edwards Brothers, in aDetroit Free Press profile. Edwards explained that "people will always want to do some of their reading in places where electronic formats are difficult to use."
I think bedrooms, bathrooms, and buses are exactly the type of place where electronic formats are the easiest to use. Bedrooms are great because the isolated backlight or nightlight lit devices don't bother your partner. Plus, hardcovers are hard to hold in the bed, laying on one side or completely reposed. Bathrooms and buses are great for ereading because the ebook is a lightweight, go anywhere device. Beaches are the one place that I do think ereading can be dangerous because sand in your electronic device is no fun. Having said that, I've read on the beach before and an eink device looks the best in bright sunlight. In fact, it's in outdoor sunlight that the eink screen looks most paper like.
John Edwards sounds like a guy who has never done any ereading on a mobile device.