The only time you'd get me using one of those electric book gizmos is when paperback novels and newspapers are no more which isn't likely in my life time.
I have only recently converted to one coz the local library were loaning them out as an experiment. Love that I don't have to go to the library to get the books but it just gets too much trying to digest all the books One borrows.
Love it. I still get wrong-footed when I see 70+ somethings using mobile phones - cleverer than me! Likewise I get thrown when is see young 'uns of obvious oriental ethnicity on PT talking in fluent Strine. My reaction is the same as yours Shirl - 'What a wondrous time we live in.'Variety is the spice of everything.
Ma has the hang of it and she's 82 but she still can't work Angry Birds.
I like that she's got a red cover just like I have. I don't swipe mine to turn pages I have a button on either side. You're never too old and I still love real books too. The kindle is just so much more convenient when travelling on the buses. Lightweight, yet holds so many books within.
I was just in Canberra and witnessed my Aunt's mum (who is 88) having a skype session wishing my grandma (90) a happy birthday on an ipad. I felt extremely inadequate.
it seems funny i know but she might have been using modern err technology for the last 25 years. I know I have:)she might well be what you call an early adopter.
Indeed an Oz sheila schoolmate of mine used to interact with her late 90+ mum via email and Skype. It's a wonderful thing spanning multi generations.
Windsmoke, never say never. I like books but am not promising to never buy an electric book reader.Michael, that is very salient. I struggle to get through books nowadays. The thought of having books at my fingertips simply does not fit into my life.RH, people reading, good, whatever form.LS, I recently looked around on a tram and there were as many old people staring at small screens as young people. I pretend that I never notice obviously foreign types who aren't. And I don't assume they only have a simple grasp of English. Truly though, it is something I am quite aware of.Jah Teh, that had slipped my mind. I should have asked you to take a photo of your Ma with her electric book reader.River, I may have been exaggerating about her swiping to turn pages. I did not actually notice that. I can well imagine how great they for people who are mobile.Ad Rad, I know what you mean. I was considered a computer expert in the nineties. Now I am a Luddite.Info, at my age, the years are starting to blend. I am not so young, not that much younger than her in the photo. You are right. She could be very tech literate.
LS, do you think we will die with laptops at our bedside with an unfinished sentence on the screen?
She is sitting next to a metcard machine. She is pretending to swipe an e reader but in reality is just there with a machine that emits powerful magnetic rays to interfere with the metcard machine so's over-zealous ticket inspectors will meet their quota.
FC, I would agree with you, but her colour co-ordination is so good. No nerdy Metcard machine zapper would get it so right.
I just spent the weekend with an almost 2 year old that can work a freakin iPad. Scary.
Fen, some parents think it is good for kiddies to learn computers early. I don't. They will learn them regardless now.
Most of the e-readers have that swipe function to turn the pages. I've seen it a lot myself. I prefer the button click of mine, since I already do much swiping on the mouse pad of the laptop.
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