Ereaders and the TBR Pile
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There's no escaping an unread book on your shelf that's staring back at you. An unread book on an ereader is pretty much invisible, and doesn't feel a whole lot different than a book at the library or bookstore you haven't read yet. I feel less possessive of it, a step removed in ownership somehow, so it doesn't have the same weight.
If this holds true, there's light at the end of the tunnel. Gradually I'll knock through my physical TBR pile, as an increasing percentage lands on the ereader, and the frustration feeling should reduce along with it.
>2 SylviaC:&3, PS - it's nice to see I'm not the only one who looks into this sleepy group now and then ;)
I don't have an e-reader yet, and probably won't until I have the ability to digitally mark up my books by hand with a stylus. I can't bear to mark up my physical books, but this would be the biggest benefit to me of an e-book. Especially if my marginalia was searchable, that would be awesome. But even though I don't have an e-reader, I used to read a lot of amateur fiction on the web so I am drawing from that experience when talking about physical vs digital books. I have saved my favorite novels and stories on my hard drives (some of which have been transferred from computer to computer for almost 15 years now) but I really would rather have them in book form.
My (two-year-old) Sony Reader Touch has a stylus tucked into a nifty little hidey-hole, and you can write onscreen. I'm not sure about the degree of searchability, but you can easily find which pages do have notes. You can also type notes. Mine needs to be charged, so I can't check it out to be more specific.
I also found this group after seeing a recent mention of it.
I agree with the above statements that the physicality of the books on shelves is such that there is more urgency to read them.