I love books. I love to read but I also love books, the physical object. Hardback or paperback, I love the way they feel in my hands… the way they smell. I like scrawling notes in the margin and highlighting passages. Reading is a very tactile experience for me (and probably for most).
In a couple of days, I will join millions of others in pre-ordering the Apple iPad. I’m looking forward to using all of features and apps (current and future). I can’t imaging giving up my beloved books for a digital experience but I’m trying to keep an open mind. It is possible I will enjoy reading on the iPad.
With that in mind, I’ve been making a mental list of titles I plan to put on my virtual bookshelf.
- Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
- Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
- Complete works of William Gibson
- 1984, George Orwell (haven’t read since high school)
- Life After Death, Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra
- Mac OS X, David Pogue
- The Religion War by Scott Adams
Some of these are books that I have read several times (or expect to). I assume I will be able to highlight, annotate and search passages of my digital books. It might also be fun to link from the text of the book to a website. I haven’t heard or read anything about such a feature. We’ll see.