Ah, yes…the debate that rages on between the traditionalists and the techies. Despite being a traditionalist myself and wanting to always have paper between my fingers, I am finding that I have had to straddle the great gulf of this debate with care. As a traditionalist and a writer I prefer walking into a bookstore, browsing for hours, and walking out with a few new books to devour the minute I get home. However, as a person on the go like most people in today’s world, I can’t deny the convenience of an e-reader. Here are my reasons for joining the dark side of e-readership.
- Have you ever tried reading a book whilst running on the treadmill or elliptical? Unless you want to be the entertainment at the gym, it’s not a good idea.
- It is beyond convenient to have multiple books with me at a time. Lets face it, some books, especially hardcovers, don’t fit too well in one’s purse. If you’re a guy, there is an even bigger issue. How do you fit a book in your back pocket? The answer, an e-reader app on your smartphone.
- Smartphones. This is my other point. Some people can’t read on their smart phones, but it doesn’t bother me. If for some reason I am without my e-reader, which usually resides in my purse, I can just pull out my phone, sync my spot where I left off and continue to read. When I return to my e-reader it syncs back up.
- Book marks. I’m sure my family is glad that I am not using odds and ends that I find for book marks: scrap paper, utensils, toys, etc.
- Travel. Seriously, if this is not the best reason then I don’t know what is. Once again the convenience of having multiple books on your person is unbeatable. The days of packing a suitcase of books for a trip is behind us, which is good since airlines are now charging for extra bags and weight.
The only aspect of having an e-reader on a trip that I don’t like is that I have so many books that need to be read preventing me from going to the two bookstores at the little beach town I’m in and buying what I want. I did buy one that I will need as research on another book I’m going to write because I want to be able to scribble and highlight in it. Despite enjoying the convenience of my e-reader, as a traditionalist I will still go out and buy hard copies of most the books on it, which is good news for the publishing industry. My goal is to have a full library with a book ladder in my home someday.
What do you guys think? Do you prefer e-readers over print books? Why?