Reading devices infiltrate book clubs

Contra Costa Times – “Sandy Harris has long enjoyed laid-back conversations about literature with the other members of her East Bay book club. Lately, though, technology is complicating the routine: “We’re definitely divided into the Kindle people and the not Kindle people,” Harris says, alluding to Amazon.com’s popular digital reading device.

Welcome to the changing landscape of book clubs, those ubiquitous living-room forums where dog-eared tomes — with favorite passages marked by hand — often now share space with Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPhones and other portable devices. Resentments simmer. Protocols are upended — and last December, Harris, a special ed teacher at Concord High School, wondered if her group’s annual Christmas book swap was endangered, with so many members downloading e-books rather than buying old-fashioned hardbacks and paperbacks.”

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