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’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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