I don't own a Kindle...or a Sony reader...or any other electronic device for reading books. Kay and I just upgraded from our flip-phones to "smart phones" two months ago, and I'm continually amazed by what these things can do. However, I'm also discovering that they're smarter than I am at times, and that's something I find hard to tolerate.
Our smart phones aren't iPhones, although several of our children have moved in that direction. One of them has downloaded the entire Bible onto his iPhone, and when we were in church a few Sundays ago, at the time that everyone else was flipping pages in their Bible to find the Scripture reference under discussion, David ran his finger along the screen of his phone and was reading the words while I was still trying to recall whether II Timothy came before or after Titus. (It's before, in case you're wondering). Neat, I thought. But then, while I was jotting notes in the margin of my text, I had to wonder how the people using these e-Bibles were handling it. Could they take notes? And how did it feel reading Scripture off a tiny screen?
I think my question was answered the next Sunday, when he showed up with a leather-bound volume under his arm. Soon, he was flipping pages with the rest of us. Score one for the old-fashioned printed word.
I use several utilities to access Bible passages and do research on my computer. I confess that I plan to download a Bible version to my smart phone. But I'll still be tucking my Bible under my arm on Sunday (although it's one of the more modern translations). What about you?