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#SoCS – Turning the page


I think what I miss most when I’m reading an ebook is the act of physically turning the paper page. There’s a certain anticipation that comes with the extra second it takes, compared to swiping a screen to get to the next screen’s-worth of text.

Is it just me?

And then there’s the fact that a paper page isn’t backlit. Much more restful for the eyes. My eyes have been bugging me all day.

I told my son this morning that getting too much sleep sucks for me now that I’m not used to it. It’s like drinking too much–both sleeping and drinking are lovely at the time, but I inadvertently wake up with a headache. Mine has been kind of in the background all day (because I slept 8 hours, not because I was drinking), and it’s bugging my eyes.

Wouldn’t it be nice if when we typed, the words could show up on a paper page instead? Yeah, I know. That’s been invented and it’s called a typewriter, but what if those words on the page could go out instantaneously to the world like it does on the screen?

What if I could type a page of text and hit the return button and you could read it?

Without waiting for it to arrive in the mail.


Somebody invent that, would you?


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

26 thoughts on “#SoCS – Turning the page

  1. I agree–I need to turn pages 🙂 🙂


  2. I agree! I can’t get into e-reading, although I do do it sometimes. Plus, I like having the book in my hand and being able to highlight passages. Yeah, I know you can do that on e-readers too but it’s not the same. Plus, I have a lot of markers LOL


  3. I still read both! Real books and books on Kindle or Libby. I probably read faster on the iPad than when I’m holding a book for some reason, and sometimes, when I’m doing my crafts, I listen to someone reading me a story from my Libby app.


  4. I too miss the feel of a book in my hand. The slightly not smooth texture of the paper and the cover. The smell of the ink and a very faint earthy aroma of the paper. I miss that. Reading a book was more than just a cerebral exercise it was a tactile one.

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  5. We could all be connected by teletypes. When I started my career, the company I worked for still had one for international communication (before fax). Or we could use fax machines. Finish the page, print-to-fax and I’d get it 😊

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  6. I haven’t read a book on a screen yet. But I’ve read some very long articles. I like the feel of a book in my hands.

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  7. Have you read or watched Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers? I believe your invention needs are an extension of the dream writer. Of course, it was exhausting and deadly. 😉

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