The thing that sticks out to me here is the distinction between form factors. That is, people read books, or magazines, or the printed New York Times because that’s all you can do with those things.

The internet, of course, is much different. But really, the internet is just data. Printed words are also data, in a way. It’s the form factor which encapsulates them which is key.

I find myself reading on a traditional computer (desktop/laptop) far less these days than I used to. Maybe it’s a result of me sitting in front of a traditional computer far less than I used to. But I also believe part of it is a routine that has built up over time to save anything I want to read for later, when I’m not sitting at a traditional computer.

Instead, I read those saved articles on my phone or tablet, depending on the setting. To me, these are much more “reading machines” than a traditional computer is — the iPad, in particular. The traditional computer is what I do work on, mainly email, but also writing.

So I’m in agreement that I don’t go on the internet on my computer to read. But I do use the internet to read more than I ever have in my life, I just choose to do so on a device which I believe is better suited for it.

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General Partner @ GV (née Google Ventures). In past lives I wrote at TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and ParisLemon. A man of few words. Except when writing. 🍻

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