Tuesday, March 27, 2012

No, you can't feel the pages, but I think you'll get over it.

If you're a bookworm like this girl, I'd love to know your thoughts on e-books (and, of course, here come mine). I've had this e-reader discussion with several people and as popular as e-readers are, I think there's still a vast majority of folks that like to "handle" their books. I totally understand that. As someone who's been known to pack a stack of half a dozen or more books to read on vacation and also a girl who leaves the library usually with no less than 10 titles, I understand the excitement that comes along with having that paper copy in-hand. As much as I love to make notes in and highlight my books, I thought that would be my stance on e-readers as well. A year or so ago, though, a friend kindly gifted us a Kindle. Once I had a few minutes to break it in, it's been my sidekick ever since (it's especially nice because it fits perfectly in my purse). Here are some reasons why I love it:

  • I can carry all my books at one time; if you're a bonafide bookworm, you probably read 10 books at a time like I do. If you have an e-reader, there's no more picking and choosing which ones to bring along with you in the car (or keep track of through the house). They are all right there. No more losing books in the garage or car...or to Fido. 
  • There's no ripped pages (or colored on pages if you have kids)
  • E-books are pretty stinkin' affordable, not to mention the loaner programs that libraries and retailers like Amazon are putting out. 
  • Instant gratification. Okay, this is a downfall of mine; I'm working on it, but is there really anything wrong with being excited about getting a book instantly instead of waiting for it to be delivered or paying for shipping (or driving to get it)? I guess it's only a problem if you have a compulsive book-buying habit, which I don't. I could, but I don't.
  • You can read it on multiple devices. I don't know about other e-readers, but if you are your kids soccer practice and happen to forget your Kindle at home, you can still pull up the Kindle app on your smart phone and start reading where you left off on the Kindle - it syncs your place. Howawesomeisthat????
  • You can subscribe to daily mailings/posts that release titles of FREE and CHEAP e-books. Okay, now who doesn't want a free book? For Christian titles, check out Inspired Reads and here's Amazon's list.
  • I can't speak for other e-readers, but my Kindle's battery lasts a long. long. long. time. I really appreciate that. 
So, with all that said...are you converted? If so, I'd love to hear your take on e-readers other than the Kindle (and the newer Kindle devices). Also, what are some of your favorite e-books? 

Happy page flippin'/clicking. :) 


  1. Great post- I agree very much! I have a nook and my kids have a kindle- love them both! My favorite benefit is, like you said, the ability to have all my books right there with me so I can read whatever I want for whatever mood I am in.

    I have to admit, there are some times I still need the hard book- when I am reading academically, or something that I am teaching or using for Bible study. Gotta have that pen in hand to think deeply. This will probably not be a problem for my kids- maybe I was just trained that way!

  2. Oh, I totally agree! I need a paper copy of the Bible (though I do have one on the Kindle also) :) I also like to have paper copies of Bible study books for highlighting, underlining, etc., just like you mentioned. Your "pen in hand to think" comment is so funny; I've told people for years that I can't think unless I have a pen in my hand...of course they look at me like I'm nuts. :) Thanks for your comment.


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