A little while ago, I mentioned that I’d bought a Kindle and that I’d post what I thought once I’d had a chance to read a few books on it. Well, that time has
Previously, I was reluctant to join the e-book world for a few reasons, such as:
- I love the experience of reading a paper book, the smell, the feel, etc…
- I don’t like what e-book sales are doing to bookstores.
My first concern has faded into non-existence, because it turns out that I much prefer the e-reading experience. Why? Because I love being able to:
- put my Kindle down anywhere and pick it up again without losing my page
- adjust the font size
- highlight eloquent phrasing and make notes about technique
- carry my current read around in my handbag, regardless of how long it is
- search for a particular phrase when I want to check a potential plot inconsistency / repetitious phrase (yes, I do this in books I’m reading)
- buy books for a much cheaper price (usually) than their paper equivalents
- access a wider variety of books, including those that have only been digitally published
- buy books from the comfort of home and have them instantly available (this is also slightly dangerous).
Initially, the non-touch screen irked me a little but now I don’t even think about it and giggled at my husband when he picked it up a few days ago and started prodding the screen.
Here are the only things that I don’t like about my Kindle:
- Sometimes mainstream Australian books aren’t available for the Kindle (particularly if they were published more than a few years ago).
- I’m still uncomfortable with the fact that I’m contributing to book shops in Australia closing down because I’m buying almost all of my books from Amazon. I still try to buy some books from my favourite independent bookstores, but it’s difficult when they’re double the e-book price.
How about you?
Do you have an e-reader? Do you love or hate the e-reading experience? If you don’t have one, are you considering making the switch?