I remember one holiday meal turned into a conversation about e-readers. Two family members were absolutely anti-electronic books. One mentioned his disappointment over seeing so many people on the train reading from devices instead of real books. The other, who has a room filled with books, thought it was a travesty and the downfall of society. I would say at this point, I was already on the fence, but it made me think about the good qualities of reading on an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc…)
It’s true; the book industry is changing and trying to catch up to the internet. Book stores are closing, because of competitors like Amazon. But like all times in history, the world progresses and industries change with it (When was the last time you’ve seen a shop that only sold ribbons?). I started downloading books to my Kindle (some of them free and some I purchased for as little as 99 cents.) I took it on the plane to California and on a camping trip. The screen is like paper and does not have a back light that could hurt your eyes over time. I can store hundreds of books, and I only have to charge it once a month. How convenient and cost affective! Plus, new authors get a chance to publish their work and allow readers to download right on their computer. When I bought a new device, I was able to transfer the contents. My cousin has the same device and we can share books. There is never marketing of the hardcover book first and the paperback following later. If I don’t understand a word, I can look up the definition right away. And believe it or not, some books produce an ink that is an irritant for me. The pages make me sneeze from the book dust. So when I come across a book I want to read in that print, I download it and keep my nose sneeze-free. At the end of the day, I want the story. I want to know the people that are coming alive as I read it.
I know both books and e-books have their merits and there is no getting rid of either one as of now. What are your thoughts? Do you find one better than the other. Are you adamant about real books? Have you given an e-reader a try and love it? Let us know what you think!
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