Reading eBooks

I was slow adopter when it came to ebooks, but just bought an ebook copy of The Weird and am quickly reaching a point where I prefer an ebook to a paper book (pbook?). I have an older Kindle and an iPad. Simply put, it’s far more convenient to be reading something on my iPad, which I always have with me, than to worry about toting a paperback around.

The arguments against ebooks, mostly rooted in sentimentalism or fear, have already died down. There’s no doubt that ebook reading is on the rise, and I can’t help but think that ebooks will continue to gain popularity, especially as reading technologies rapidly improve.

Personally, I love that I can have a whole library with me without carrying an extra load, and that I can read in the dark with a backlit screen. I like not having to hold a book open, and the ability to instantly look up words is nice as well. However, I still can’t take my iPad in the bathtub, which remains a sticking point.

4 thoughts on “Reading eBooks”

  1. I just read my first ebook (Eric Witchey’s How I met my Alien Bitch Lover) and didn’t hate it. (the e-experience, loved the book). My only problem was firing up the laptop each time, so I suppose an ereader or tablet would make that a non-issue. Not gonna give up paperbacks ’til they pry them from my cold, dead hands though.

  2. @Christina, hopefully it won’t come to that, but some sort of tablet or ereader is definitely better than a laptop. Instant on and long battery life makes a difference.

  3. I’ve recently started using my Samsung tab for a few e-books (after initially purchasing it for music related needs). Its definitely convenient…but nothing beats the smell of paper and coffee! But seriously, here’s to me what the real problem is with e-books: On my bookshelves are many books that I’ve owned for a long time, many since I was a child even, and on occasion I revisit and reread many of those books…I’m wondering, with the incredible pace and change of technology, will I still have access to the e-books I purchased 10 or 20 years from now? If I do, what will be the comparable experience to walking over to my bookshelf and browsing through the covers till I find something that strikes my fancy or entices me to relive a story again?

  4. I’m not sure ebooks we will have the same experience with ebooks as we do with paper books, but at least there will still be books. And I really don’t think paper books are going to disappear all together, at least any time soon.

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