“It seems to me,” Jacobs writes, “that the most serious deficiencies of e-readers involve readers’ interactions with books.”
Here’s Jacobs again, ranting about the near impossibility of having a meaningful interaction with an e-reading device:
” … newer versions of the Kindle software are making it harder to annotate: the various versions of the Kindle Touch lack a physical keyboard, and invoking and using the virtual one is very slow and profoundly awkward. Moreover, the software for the newer Kindles makes it harder even to highlight: the older software, which is still being used for the Kindle Keyboard assumes that when you click on a word you want to start highlighting, whereas the Touch software assumes that you want to get a definition of the word. (Is that really more likely?)”
It may be a minority point of view, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Check out the essay in its entirety here.
And while you’re at it, please leave us a note in the comments section if you’re the type of reader who actually sympathizes with Jacobs’ plight. This is what I’d like to know: Is the desire to annotate on an e-reader perhaps more widespread than any of us previously assumed?