Consuming Print vs. Digital. A Place for Each

A photo of my Harley and I taken by my friend Katie.
As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, I spend a decent amount of time each day reading during my commute to and from work.  I enjoy this time tremendously because riding on the bus actually creates a forced block of time where I am forced to read.  Were it not for my commute, chances are that more often than not I would always be able to find some way to put off reading in lieu of doing something else.

This brings me to the topic of what it is that I am actually reading.  The vast majority of the content I consume in a given day is delivered through Google Reader.  Most of this is in the form of blogs both personal and professional. While the Google Reader Android App is actually pretty slow on my Motorola Xoom, it still does a terrific job converting a tremendous amount of content into manageable blocks.

The vast majority of this content is freely available, and while I think that is wonderful, there are definitely benefits to subscribing to paid content as well.  Aside from providing overall higher quality content, paid media still manages to best its free counterpart with regard to the depth of each article.

Since the NYTimes put up their pay-wall, I have been a digital subscriber without regret.  Although I can't always make it through the entire paper, I usually trying to get through as much of the Frontpage RSS feed as possible.  Additionally, I enjoy browsing their technology Bits blog where Nick Bilton does a really terrific job staying abreast of technology trends. My NYTimes subscription aside, I also receive physical copies of Rolling Stone, Wired, The Economist, and GQ.

I have absolutely no problem reading on my tablet. However, the user experience of holding a physical magazine/newspaper in your hand still wins out over the digital screen.  I've tried to figure out why this is, and I'm not exactly sure why.  It's not even a matter of the contrast being that different.  It just feels nicer reading something on paper.

I've also been reading Coming Apart, The State of White America by Charles Murray since it was reviewed in the Economist last month.  I've been enjoying the book so far, and it's a nice change of pace since the longest thing I have read in the path few months is usually the Rolling Stone cover article.

Regardless of the what, where, or how I am reading, I am above all else thankful that I have the time and resources to do so each day.  I enjoy staying abreast of world events, and it's easy living in the Bay Area to focus specifically on the news as it relates to technology at the expense of the world outside the bubble that is Silicon Valley.

If you read one thing this month, let it be One Town's War on Gay Teens by Sabrina Erdely.  The story is unbelievable and the journalistic integrity is impeccable.

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A photo of my Harley and I taken by my friend Katie.