One thing I’ve noticed about some book lovers is that they have strong opinions against reading ebooks. I get that: it’s just not the same as holding a physical copy, smelling the pages, and marking them using your favorite bookmark. But let me present my case as to why reading ebooks is not that bad.
I used to own a Kindle a few years ago, when my aunt in the US gave me hers because she’s no longer using it. I never had the notion of buying a tablet, let alone an ebook reader. But when I gave it a try, I soon discovered the advantages of having one.
What I love about my Kindle is how convenient it is to carry anywhere. I used to bring a book (or books) around with me back in college, but I began to develop chronic shoulder aches and muscle pains so I was advised not to carry heavy bags. I had to be a smart packer, so I couldn’t bring books with me even if I want to. The Kindle is small enough to be carried anywhere without being burdened with heavy weight.
I’m used to reading in a reclined position, either on the sofa or in bed. This is a hassle, though, when I’m reading thick books. I remember when 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami first came out, I bought the hardbound, 700-page monster. And as much as I wanted to finish it quickly, I was struggling by its sheer weight. Compare that to my experience reading Stephen King’s 1964 – this is also a thick book, but since I read it in my Kindle, I didn’t even notice.
If you have been reading my blog, you may have had an idea that I have hoarding tendencies and storage problems. Most ebook files don’t take up too much space, so you can store a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of books. It’s very much like your music player stuffed with mp3s.
I’m not sure if other ebook readers have it, but what I love about the Kindle is the screen. The screen in the Kindle is specially-made to look like paper, with no glare whatsoever. So when I read on my Kindle, it would seem that there’s not much of a difference when reading the printed copy.
So when my Kindle conked out last year, I found myself missing it badly. I had all these ebooks on my laptop that I can’t read. As a workaround, I installed the Kindle app in my phone and was able to read some of my ebooks there, but the glare brings discomfort after reading for some time.
I don’t know much about other brands of ebook readers, and since I was satisfied with my old Kindle, I was set on buying from the brand. I had a hard time looking for a store that carries it, though. Eventually, I settled on an online shop* that sells products shipped from the US.
I chose the Kindle Paperwhite, which is the kind that is solely for reading ebooks. So far, I’m really happy with it! It’s much more lightweight than my old one, and has a really nice resolution and response time. Bonus: I can sync it with my Goodreads account!
Don’t get me wrong – I still loving shopping for books in bookstores and building my collection. But I have nothing against ebooks either. I don’t believe that their existence would kill printed books completely. As long as there are people who love to read, books–whether printed on paper or on screen–are always here to stay.