So I have been re-reading Technoir in preparation to run it for the first time. The other day, when I was preparing my work backpack, I decided to leave the iPad behind and bring the physical Technoir book instead. This was to 1) make sure I wasn’t distracted by Ascension and 2) prove I didn’t need my binky (Veronica’s pet name for my iPad).
When it came time to read, I was having a hard time. I had to hold the book open and make sure I didn’t ruin the binding. The pages were way too shiny; I kept getting a glare off the fluorescent light. I had orientation issues with looking something up–no electronic bookmarks. It was so weird. I thought I was having a hard time with the material, but when I got home I was totally fine reading it on my iPad.
When I thought on it more, I realized nearly all my fiction “reading” is delivered via audiobook. I tend to have attention span problems when I try to open a standard paperback. When a book I’m recommended isn’t available in audio–or worse, if the narrator on the audiobook sucks–I just skip it.
Is this some sort of conditioning that’s crept up on me? Is anyone else having this problem?
I’m wondering if I should be trying to go back to paper–put down the iPad (my binky) and turn off my audiobooks. Can I even do that? Or should I just embrace the change as the wave of the future?