For critique.org/critters members to hang out and announce what they're doing
crit24868 wrote:Even Amazon seems to have faced facts and they are now allowing Kindle users to lend their purchased books to another Kindle owner for up to 14 days, or so I have heard.
ChetG wrote:My work (editing) has me staring at a computer screen. Writing and artwork too. For an eye relaxation, I welcome the change of pace that a physical book has, particularly a well-done book. A well-designed book is a pleasure.
Just to play devil's advocate, but couldn't an ebook be better designed than a print book? One has (in theory) the ability to display high resolution art and generally to play with design possibilities that don't exist in books because of cost.
Magazines on the iPad look amazing. Books typically don't have all that fancy layout because of the cost of four-color printing and whatnot -- but that ceases to be a barrier for an ebook. Just because cost has kept most print books black print on whitish paper doesn't mean it has to be that way for ebooks. (There's the cost of the design, of course, but I can imagine ebooks starting to employ more color and graphics...) And of course, any design choices one wants...
crit21586 wrote:Graphics would depend on the resolution of the ebook screen, and, generally speaking, the resolution of a screen doesn't match that of print publications. Line art on screen often looks better as a gray scale than true line art. Even so, one can have all types of color electronically speaking, so that's a potential plus.
On the plus side (and speaking without having tried an ebook), staring at something that isn't light emitting is far easier on my eyes, particularly if we're discussing novels. Call it one less electronic product to have around the home.
--Chet (and I don't know--since I entered via Critters--what kind of name will be attached to this)
aburt wrote:I should point out that I've been a huge fan of digital reading for years, reading on my Blackberry and a bunch of other devices. (I don't enjoy reading fiction on desktop screens or laptops, though.)