Business

2013 the year of the tablet

E-BOOKS IN: Harvey Norman franchisee Bec Swindell said this year will be the year of the tablet.
E-BOOKS IN: Harvey Norman franchisee Bec Swindell said this year will be the year of the tablet. Mike Nolan

SUMMER is almost over which means the leaves will start turning brown and it's almost time to snuggle up next to the fire with a good read.

The question remains though, will the region's bookworms reach for the much-loved, dust-covered tomes or will they download the latest episode of 50 Shades of Grey to their e-Book reader?

Meandering though the Warwick library, Belgian-born Felicitas Bergman said while she flirted with the idea of buying a Kindle she could never give up her books.

"I rather like having a book in front of me. I love the way they smell, the look and feel of the paper and it's quite exciting to turn the pages and see what happens next," Ms Bergman said.

As an avid fan of crime stories, she said a book needed to be witty with good language to hold her attention.

"I mostly go to the library to read books for entertainment, but if I find a really good one I'll buy it," she said.

"We have to give a little money back to the authors and help out the book shops as well."

Despite the nostalgia inspired by old-fashioned books the march of the tablet continues unabated with about 3 million devices sold last year. Warwick Harvey Norman franchisee Bec Swindell says this year will be the year of the tablet.

"We're seeing more and more people buying them, including middle-aged and elderly people," she said.

Mrs Swindell said the convenience and cost made the tablet appealing.

"For people who travel around it's easier for them to use an e-Book reader. It's more economical than carrying around a lot of books," she said.

"They used to be used just to access the internet but now they can be used as a GPS, an e-Book and to take photos."

Topics:  tablet pc




Ban makes smokers jokers

See what our readers think about smoking bans

Major events face chop

BRAKES ON: The Yangan Truck Pull would have to be cancelled unless the association receives more helpers.

Group after more help at Yangan

Stop and smell the pot

In this Jan. 7, 2016 photo, marijuana grows at a facility in Markham, Ontario. Neil Closner, chief executive officer of MedReleaf,  had applied to the Kashruth Council of Canada to have MedReleaf's cannabis oils certified kosher. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Man grew marijuana plants on the side of a Pratten Rd.

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa