Two more notes by readers on the how tablets, phones, and computers are changing the process of reading. Novel angle: these readers say the change may be for the good. First, from a mother of young children:
A quick observation just because I suspect that I have a minority perspective among your readership…
A kindle is an absolute lifesaver for reading when you're also trying to nurse/rock/otherwise care for a baby. The light weight means you can be reading War and Peace and still hold it up one handed for hours without getting tired, turning pages with a button instead of desperately trying to get gravity or maybe telekinesis to do it for you. And the wipeable, non-tearable screen comes in handy too. I'm sure my now-toddlers could figure out how to break the thing if they really put their minds to it, but I also know that they are naturals at trying to rip pages out of books.
To interrupt this note with an agreement: yes, of course, there are lots of cases where the lightweight, self-illuminating, no-page-turning, hold-with-one-hand aspect of Kindles, iPads, nooks, etc is a godsend. Back to the note: