Years ago, I would never have thought this day would come…the day when I, Laura, would be singing the praises of an e-reader.
Literally, since the release of e-readers, I’ve been resisting them. Despite their obvious advantages, to embrace a digitalized way of reading seemed like a betrayal against my beloved books. And books had been my constant companion since childhood: the feeling of paper beneath my hands and the smell of ink meant comfort, and wonder and joy to me. Reading words on a screen just didn’t have the same charm or same associations as actual books, and so for a long time, I avoided Kindles and the e-readers that followed.
However, I eventually caved and bought my first Kindle a couple of years after their first release. They had grown massively in popularity, and I knew a couple of people who used and loved them. I was still skeptical but had decided to adopt a ‘don’t knock it until you try it’ attitude towards the ebook boom.
Well, I tried it, and I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it, but it never really caught on with me, and my Kindle was soon resigned to a drawer, whilst my book collection thrived and grew. For some reason, books I read on my Kindle just didn’t seem to stick in my head as much, and reading on a screen just felt too strange and alien.
In 2014, I began blogging, and this meant meeting (virtually!) a whole host of bookish people for the first time. I didn’t know that many people in real life who loved books as much as me, and so it was eye-opening in many ways to suddenly find myself amongst so many other bookworms. And a huge side effect of my immersion in the bookish community? A much, much bigger TBR list!
There was soon so many books that I wanted to read that I had to really reconsider how I was getting hold of books. Generally, I would just buy them, or ask for the ones I wanted for my birthday, but with the number of books I wanted, it was costing more than I could really afford.
So I adapted: after years of not using the library (after moving away from my childhood one) I signed up for my two local libraries and started borrowing books from there. This was great, but it was very hit-and-miss if they would have the books I wanted. If they were newer they often didn’t have them, and when they did have them, they were usually checked out.
So I starting looking into ways to buy books cheaper, and this included both eBay and Amazon, and of course, ebooks. After a lot of browsing I found that quite a lot of the thrillers and YA novels I was getting into were available on Amazon Kindle for significantly less than the paperbacks, so I went ahead and bought a more up-to-date Kindle, and got downloading…and to my surprise, I haven’t looked back since.
Whilst I always knew there was so many advantages to ebooks, I didn’t fully appreciate them until I allowed myself to properly try them out. My resistance to them had blinded me to the fact that the important part of a book isn’t the pages: it’s the story. And so anything that makes it cheaper, more convenient and quicker to experience a story can only be a good thing.
I certainly understand the people who say ‘ebooks aren’t for them’, because I was one of those people for the longest time. I still have an emotional tie to books that my Kindle can never match, and I certainly have my gripes with ebooks (check out this post for example!), but I have to admit it: I, Laura, am a Kindle Convert.
These days I love having access to hundreds of stories at my fingertips, and being able to easily carry them all about in my bag. I love hearing about a new book I just have to read, and having a copy of it within minutes. And I especially love having a book binge on pay day, and ending up with 10 or so books I wanted to read for under £10!
So how about you? Are you a fan of ereaders? Have you always embraced ebooks, or are you a recent convert like me?