Results of July Readers' Poll on Preferred Formats for Summer Reading
In the heat of summer reading season, we asked about your preferred reading format for the beach, campsite or other summer destinations. As responses rolled in during the month, there was a neck-and-neck tie between "pack an ereading device and print books" and "only print books and magazines." But as of July 31, the print-only crowd eked out the lead by two votes. The modest vote for packing only electronic devices was impacted by the large number of respondents who expressed their very practical concerns for the preservation of devices in the face of sand, water, and possible theft. (Is that a subliminal vote for the power of print?)
Many readers added specific comments about their preferences, with roughly equal numbers of champions in these categories: pro-ereader/device, pro-codex/print, format agnostic/ambivalent, and purely practical. A sampling of the more emphatic comments:
· "If I can't read it on my phone, it's probably not gonna happen"
· "I'll always love print books!"
· "I am equally at home reading print or e."
· "Wouldn't take a device to the beach, SAND, WATER."