Mind the Gap

Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the…

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Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the Gap challenges, we want to hear what you think about a divisive issue. Each challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post. Be sure to visit other participants’ posts to get some healthy discussion going.

To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed each Friday.

We bloggers are lovers of the written word. As people who read and write online, we are also part of the digital shift in how we consume writing, be it journalism, literature, poetry, or memoirs. As the mode of publishing changes, so do our interactions with what we’re reading.

Not too long ago, ebook sales trumped those of hardcovers for the first time. While the ease of digital books can’t be beat — how else can you hold hundreds of books in your hand so easily? — the physical sensation is undeniably different than cracking open a new paperback.

Around, other bloggers have been talking about ebooks versus hardcovers. Writing My Next Chapter is making the jump to using all ebooks in place of traditional textbooks for the semester, and though Steve of Imagineer-ing has made the switch to an eReader, letting go of hardcovers is a difficult task. While bookshelves display our favorite works of literature like art, wouldn’t the ultimate bibliophile love the ease of carrying hundreds of books in a teensy mobile device?

This week’s Mind the Gap: How do you prefer to read, with an eReader like a Kindle or Nook, or with an old school paperback in hand? Take the poll (below) and then explain your opinion by blogging about it on your site. Tag your post “DPchallenge,” so that we can be sure to find your contribution to the challenge.


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  1. Its all about convenience and on the rare occasion that I pick up a real book, it’s makes for something special, old school and very tactile. I just didn’t realize that fact prior to ebooks. I don’t eat carbs either but I pig out every once in a while on potato chips and that makes me truly appreciate potato chips!


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