Being the avid reader that I am, I swore against using e-books. After all, there’s nothing like holding a physical copy of the book in your hands. I’ve been doing it since I learned to read, therefore why should I reinvent the wheel?
However, I will say this — I’ve tried using an e-reader in the past. For Christmas one year, my father gave me a Nook. This was one of the first ones that came out. The display was a black and white one, and there wasn’t a lot of reading options at that time.
At first though, I used it a lot. However, after a while, it didn’t measure up to carrying a print book. Additionally, it was challenging to view magazines on an entirely black and white screen. So, I went back to my paperbacks and hardcovers.
Recently, though I began to reconsider the whole e-reader thing. Last weekend, I had gone on vacation with my boyfriend and his family. Being the avid reader that I am, I to no one’s surprise brought a book. I didn’t know how much downtime we would have, therefore, I figured why not (side note, I didn’t end up reading the book at all).
However, I wasn’t the only one who bought a book. Before bed, my boyfriend’s mom had whipped out a Nook and began to read. Now, this Nook was a bit different than the one I had used six years ago. It was in color, which meant, I could view magazines.
But, what was so astounding to me was how much that little thing held. She had almost 400 books stored on it, which amazed me since it was so thin.
It was at that point that I decided to rethink my opinion on e-readers. There are so many moments in my life where I wish that I was carrying a book, whether it may be during my lunch break, while my leg is heating up during physical therapy, or waiting in a doctor’s office. The reason why I don’t? I don’t have enough room in my bag. With an e-reader, I would be able to slip it into my bag and not even notice that it’s there.
With that being said, I went home and charged up my mom’s barely used Kindle. Since then, I’ve downloaded a few discounted e-books, and a magazine subscription. Now, I slip it into my purse in the morning, and I am good to go for the day.
It’s been a few days since I’ve began to do this. So far, I’ve been liking the change. I like it, because I always have a book (or quite a few books) on me.
With that being said, I have noticed a few advantages to using an e-reader.
One is the whole space issue. You can carry your entire library on one small device, versus struggling to find space at home for your massive book collection. Trust me, I have been there. E-readers, such as iPads, Kindles, and Nooks can hold thousands. Therefore, if you suddenly get the urge to reread an old favorite, it’s there. Also, if you know you’re going to be traveling, you can load up a couple of books, and have it take little space. After all, who likes it when you finish your book in the middle of a trip, only to have to be bored on a plane ride? No one.
Another is the convenience factor. It’s so simple to get a book downloaded onto your device. You go into the store, search the book you want, and download. No more trying to go to multiple stores to find the book you want. This is the same way for magazines — whenever a new issue is released, it just appears. Boom. Like magic. Now, that’s easy.
As much as I like using e-books, I am still uncertain whether or not it will be a permanent move for me. As mentioned earlier, I just love holding a book in my hand. However, I will say this — as of right now, I’ll be storing my Kindle in my beach bag this summer.