When eReaders and eBooks first came on the scene, I declared that I would never turn my back on traditional paper books.
How can I cozy up with a hard thin piece of plastic? I said.
Books on a screen are not nearly as appealing as books on a shelf, I said.
That was before my husband gave me a Kindle as a gift a little over a year ago. It took me all of 5 seconds to get hooked on this new-to-me technology and decide that it had it merits.
- It travels in my purse everywhere I go so I always a book (or two or three) at the ready when I find myself in need. (Yes, I do sometimes need a book!)
- When I finish a paper book unexpectedly and don't have time to run out to the library, I can check out an eBook from the library via my home computer...or I can peruse the books I've already downloaded to my Kindle library.
- There is a little feature at the bottom of the screen that tells me (based on my reading speed) how many minutes are left in my chapter and how many minutes are left in my book. For someone with an obsessive personality (like me), that is an awesome perk.
Sure, an eReader still has its drawbacks. I'm an intensely visual learner. When I'm reading a book and want to re-check something I've read, I can usually picture the side of the page and the placement on the page to find what I need quickly. It doesn't work that easily with an eBook. And it really isn't as cozy to read with an electronic device as it is to hold and smell a paper book. I'm content to see-saw between the two options and enjoy the best of both worlds.
So, how about you? Have you gone modern? Do you read from an eReader or do prefer traditional methods?
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Want to catch up on what began as one reading question and has turned into an unofficial series?
We've talked about our reading quirks. We discussed how we choose the books we read aloud to our kids. We've talked about whether we quit books we hate or soldier on , whether we prefer fiction or non-fiction, and what specific genres are our favorites. We also discussed whether we prefer to borrow or buy our books and our criteria for keeping the books we do buy (versus donating them).