“E-books are here to stay and likely will continue to lead to further reduction of print material. That said, I don’t think print books will disappear altogether anytime soon. Some semblance of a balance will be found if for no other reason than making money. Baby Boomers may be coaxed away from print material for the sake of convenience and expediency, but books will remain a staple and a choice within the menu of reading material options well into this century.”

Kevin Eyster, Professor, English and Communication Arts

“I’m still reading print books. I like the feel of paper. I like to dog-ear pages. I like to open and spread the book out page-down to mark my place, and push it under the bed. I like to monitor when it’s really getting dusty, by how the pages look when I retrieve the book. Sometimes, in scholarly books, I like to write marginal comments, something like “Says who?” or “Prove it!” or just a simple *, or occasionally something else.”

Mary Minock, Professor, Language and Literature; Communication and Writing

“Although I like the fact that e-readers are ‘green’ I don't think you get the same experience reading from a screen that you do from a page. I love the tangibility of books too much to give them up.”

Laura Haldane, Environmental Science major with minors in Writing and English

“I prefer print books. I've had a Kindle for a couple of years now but in all honesty I hardly ever touch it unless I'm trying to get a classic for free. I grew up as an avid reader of real paper and ink books and when I read on the Kindle I just miss the whole reading experience whether it's turning the page or that individual way everyone has of holding a book. Call me old fashioned but a Kindle just doesn't quite cut it, practical as it may be.”

Rachel Rasmussen, English major with Writing minor


What do Madonna students think about e-books?