This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you read via eBook and if so which one(s) and why?
I suspect all my book-reading friends who know me off the internet have already heard the answer to this question… I do not read ebooks. I still hang onto my paper ones. I very, very rarely read a book on my computer (usually beta-reading for a writer friend).
There are a few reasons I haven’t switched to an ereader. The big one is that reading is my one major activity that doesn’t involve a screen. I work at a computer for most of the day, and in off time I write novels and blog posts, then relax with television… Socializing doesn’t involve screens, but my one solitary leisure activity that doesn’t require a screen is reading. I’m not prepared to give that up!
Advocates of ereaders tell me that it’s not really like a computer screen…but it feels like one to me, when I’ve looked at other people’s devices. People have also pointed out that they can carry 1,000+ books around with them. But I don’t need a thousand books. I carry one book, and the only time this question is really relevant is extended vacations, which only come up about once every two years. Last argument? Ebooks are cheaper than paper ones—but the library is free, and that’s where I get the vast majority of my reading material.
I’m not anti-ebooks for anyone else, but none of the arguments in favor have ever weighed much for me personally. And paper books have a charm and a character and a warmth that no device will match!