As you can probably tell from the photograph, I’ve had my Kindle for a long time! If I remember rightly, it’s a 2nd generation Kindle, and seen as Amazon are now up to the 7th (not to mention the other versions such as the Paperwhite and Oasis etc.), I’d say it’s a good number of years old!
However, despite having owned a Kindle for so many years, I find I barely read any ebooks. I had a phase when I first got the Kindle where I read a few, and now I’ve got it out of the bottom of the drawer it has been pretty interesting to scan through it and see what I was reading back then (the entire Hunger Games trilogy, which I had forgotten I read on my Kindle, The Host by Stephanie Meyer, before they made that terrible film out of it, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir etc.). For some reason though, reading ebooks has just never quite caught on with me, and I even wrote about my inability to read ebooks in a guest post for Oh! the Books back when I first started blogging.
I have been wondering recently though whether to give ebooks another shot. This was partly prompted by the realisation that I physically can’t fit any more books into my overstuffed bookcase, and seen as I’ll be moving sometime in the next few months, I don’t really want to get another one at the moment (more stuff to move!). I’m also trying to save up for my move, so I like the fact that ebooks tend to be a lot cheaper than physical books.
Plus I’ve been reading quite a few writer blogs and listening to some writer podcasts at the moment (The Creative Penn is a current favourite!) and have been hearing more and more about the self-publishing industry, and it has made me kind of interested in trying out more self-published books, which are more common amongst ebooks.
I’ve never really really read any self-published books, which to be honest, as a book blogger is pretty shocking. Especially seen as I’m an aspiring writer myself, I should probably be trying to support other writers more, and you never know – one day when I finally wrote that novel I might decide that self-publishing is the right path for me too!
However, the thing that has always put me off is that there are already so many traditionally published books I want to read anyway, and wading through the good and bad of self-publishing seems like such hard work. I know there are some super-talented self-published authors out there, but I have also heard that there is some absolute rubbish as well, and if I’m paying for something, I want a good product, not an unedited, badly formatted mess.
Anyway, that’s why I’m dusting off my Kindle, and I’m looking for some recommendations for good books I can download, so that hopefully I’ll avoid all the unedited, badly formatted messes! You never know, if I get into ebooks, maybe I’ll treat myself to a more up to date Kindle, instead of this antique!
So do you read many ebooks? What do you think are the pros and cons? Are there any books or authors you would particularly recommend?