Casey Delahunty searching through the classics section for her favourite book Pride and Prejudice in Angus and Robertson.
Casey Delahunty searching through the classics section for her favourite book Pride and Prejudice in Angus and Robertson. Sharyn Oneill

To e-read or re-read?

FOUR-EYES or sore eyes?

It’s the ultimate conundrum facing 21st Century readers. Stick with age-old trustworthy tomes, or invest in the new digital books – e-readers?

Both have their pros and cons as many book-lovers have pointed out: e-readers may give you sore eyes or a headache. But they’re great for enlarging fonts and ditching your frames.

Bookworm Casey Delahunty won’t be e-reading anytime soon.

“I’m very much a book person and it takes away from the reading experience,” she said.

“I love the smell of the pages and it’s comforting holding the book. I’ve had a go with the iPad and it just wasn’t the same.”

Assistant manager of Angus and Robertson in the City Centre Plaza, Di Richmond, said before Christmas they were selling five to six e-readers a week.

“I’ve got a customer who lives out west and can’t get into book stores regularly. But she’s got the internet so an e-reader is a great way for her to keep up with new books,” Di said.

“And the choices of books are expanding daily. A lot of books that are being released are being released as e-books at the same time. And it is cheaper.”

But just like Rockhampton librarian Debra Burn, Di believes our love affair with paper and hard backs will never end.

Both women cannot imagine a more sentimental and irreplaceable literary item than a children’s pop-up book.

“E-books will sit alongside,” Debra said. “I think people are reading more with e-readers, but they cannot replace the closeness you can get from reading with books.”

Debra said constantly improving technology was forcing people into libraries to come together as a community and socialise while reading.


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