Ever since I was a little kid I've loved reading. When we went on a family holiday, all I packed were books and clothes. The fact that I could grab a book and be transferred to a world I'd otherwise never be in was just so wonderful to me - and it still is. I don't read as much anymore as I used to but I still read whenever I have the chance, and I find a little piece and quiet.
A few months back, I decided to buy myself an e-reader, because I thought it'd be easy and save me some money. I bought the Sony PRS T3 and I adore it, but there's still a lot of controversy about e-readers: people don't like the feeling of holding an electronical device to read and books should be paper. I shared those opinions before, too, but buying an e-reader has changed my mind completely.
Buying an e-reader can be expensive. I invested in a good one, but there are e-readers from 50$ up, I believe. Reading paper books can be expensive too, but it doesn't have to be: you can go to your local library where you can borrow books for free/a small fee. One disadvantage of the library (in my city, at least), is that they don't always have every book. One other thing: I personally prefer reading books which were originally written in English in English because the jokes and expressions might not be as funny in Dutch as they are in English. My library doesn't have many English books but this can be different depending on your library, so personally, for me, buying e-books is cheaper than ordering English books. Yes, an e-reader is an expensive purchase but over time, this purchase will be outweighed by the amount of money you save with your e-books.
Holding an e-reader isn't as heavy as holding a real life book, but sometimes holding an e-reader feels a bit too.. modern, for me, in some way. Sometimes, all I want is to smell the scent of a real book, rather than holding an electronical device which I'll have to charge once the battery runs out of energy. And I think that's the feeling many people miss/will miss when changing from books to an e-reader.
Once you finish a book, it's over. You also finish books with an e-reader, you might say, but you don't not ever touch that e-reader ever again. What I am trying to say: you purchase a book for, say, 10 hours of fun and once that's finished you won't touch it again, unless it's a really good one.
Carrying a book around is a hundred times heavier than carrying an e-reader around.
E-readers are much smaller, which saves some space in your bag for some extra stuff you might want to carry.
The best advantage of an e-reader is, in my opinion, the reading comfort. Reading with an e-reader is so much easier, especially when lying in bed. When reading a book there's always that one uncomfortable side of your book, which isn't really lit by your nightlight or hard to read without your glasses on. This isn't the case with an e-reader, so I have to turn over to the other side of the bed when reading the next page.
You don't have to go all the way to the library to purchase/rent a book, you can download it with one click from your computer. I think this is a huge advantage, but for some people visiting a library/book shop is a social activity, which it isn't for me. For me it's just an extra trip on my bike I won't have to make.
As you can see there are many advantages for the e-reader but there's just one big argument pro-book which, for some people, outweighs all the positive things about an e-reader.. an e-reader just isn't a book. And I agree, but I can miss all the classy book things in exchange for some extra comfort.
I am currently reading the book you see on the third photograph, 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock', by Matthew Quick. I will write a review as soon as I finish it because it already is an interesting book and I'm not even halfway through it!
I wrote a review about 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' some time ago, you can read it here, if you're interested.
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What are your thoughts on e-readers and books? Do you prefer reading on an electronic device or do you prefer reading an actual book?