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Or your can split the difference and read Fanny Hill.

May 7, 2010

There are many arguments for and against ereaders –and as a library student I think I’ve heard them all. Though there can be no greater supporter of books than myself, even I have begun to be seduced by the convenience of being able to carry bazillion paperback mysteries with me and then not have to worry about finding shelf space for them when I’ve done. The roomie was gifted a Kindle and while it’s a very sexy little machine, I wouldn’t fork over nearly half a g for it.   At a much more reasonable $150, however, the new Kobo from Indigo – which has the advantage of not being proprietary – is an attractive proposition indeed.

Furthermore, I’ve discovered a heretofore unrecognized advantage to an ereader – it is the ultimate plain brown paper book jacket. Not only will no one be able to tell what you’re reading, but they won’t even know that you’re concealing it. This benefit occurred to me when I was investigating the Kobo offerings and discovered that they sold digital versions of a certain rather embarrassing series of books which are a guilty pleasure of my old housemates and mine (and no, it’s not Twilight). Of course the downside is that ereaders hamper literary bragging as well: no one on your daily commute will know if you’re reading The Story of O, but no one will know if you’re reading Finnegans Wake either.

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