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March 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Print trumps e-reading due to organization and permanence

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Donna Grethen / Op Art

I enjoyed Mónica Guzmán’s column today about reading on paper [“Paper or pixel? Don’t burn those books just yet,” Mónica Guzmán, March 22], and I’ll probably share it with my wife using either my iPhone or my iPad Mini. But I wanted to mention two other things that make print essential: organization and permanence.

There’s no electronic means (at least not yet) to replicate the serendipitous way Guzmán’s column ends right next to the “Around the Northwest” stories in the paper. And with books there’s no contest: If I want to find that important sentence somewhere on the bottom of page 200-and-something, nothing comes close to flipping through the pages of a printed book (keyword searching only works if I already remember the word).

And when it comes to books especially, permanence is an underrated feature. The notes I write in the margin will be there next week at my book club meeting. Not only that, regardless of all future devices and operating systems, those written notes will still be there — along with the original text — in twenty years when I want to reread and revisit these same thoughts.

I love my phone and my tablet, but there’s no way they’ll ever replace the paper in my hands.

Yancy Hughes Dominick, Seattle

Comments | More in Reading | Topics: books, iPad, iPhone

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