The never ending dilemma of e-books and e-readers. For as long as I can remember I’ve been an anti e-book activist. Who in their right mind would ever want to read a book on a screen? It totally ruins the reading experience. I prefer the feeling of a solid book and its paper pages, and I’ll probably always do. Yet, I’ve recently gone against my better judgement and got myself an e-reader.
Sadly, I’ve come to love it, and I don’t have anything against it anymore. For a long time, when anyone mentioned the word e-book I wouldn’t hear it. My experience of e-books isn’t a good one. I’ve only read e-books on the computer or phone which mess with my eyes and prevents me from concentrating (first-world problems, I know). Thus, I hated them. Yet, a few months back I realised (it does sound ridiculous considering what’s going on in the world at the moment) I’d stopped reading because I couldn’t carry around more books. I couldn’t fit the huge hardback I was reading in my bag, with all my other coursework. Being the practical person I am, I started considering getting myself an e-reader. Since it was a decision that went completely against the way I felt about e-readers and e- books, I made a list of pros and cons:
- Environmentally friendly
- Can store several books
- Borrow library books from home
- Cheap in the long run
- Doesn’t take up much space
- Surprisingly easy on the eye (I later realised)
- Easy to take out and read whenever wherever
- Excellent on long trips
- No paper pages
- No way to mark pages (not true, I later found out)
- No book smell
- Doesn’t have the same feeling as a book
- When buying an e-book, it doesn’t feel like buying a book
- No physical copy
Getting myself an e-reader has made my life a lot easier. I read a lot more, I always have access to new books whenever I’ve finished one. I can easily access the library catalogue and borrow books from home. It’s cheap and easy on the eye, at least, the e-reader I’ve got is. It’s not backlit as the usual tablet or phone is. It uses electronic ink which creates a paper-like display which is a lot easier on the eye than a computer screen. It’s perfect to bring on long commutes or long trips when you can’t carry around a bunch of books. Nowadays I find myself wondering; how could I’ve been so blind?
How do you feel about e-readers and e-books?