Hi everyone, how are you? In this lovely Sunday, I think it’s time for another bookish discussion, don’t you think? It’s cold outside – or hot, for you lucky Australian people – and, all we want sometimes during the weekend, is to catch a break. Let’s take one together with a bookish discussion!
I love my books, displayed on my shelf. But, lately, with the publishing world in constant evolutions and the amount of e-books being published, well, an e-reader is kind of becoming the must-have for every bookworm. So, obviously, I caved, and bought a lovely e-reader myself.
I have to admit, it’s so practical. You can have thousand of books in one single place, and it’s not heavy to carry. Moreover, I’ve had mine for two months now, I read two or three books on it, maybe, and I still didn’t have to plug it once to recharge the battery. The inside light makes me happy when I want to cuddle up in bed and read, with nothing but the words of the story illuminated under my eyes. And, I have to say, it’s SO much better than having to read on a computer screen. My eyes are THANKFUL, really. And, when I got this new toy, I felt a little giddy about it. An early Christmas/late Birthday present to me. AND it’s related to books. What more do I need?!
But I LOVE my books. I love to watch them on my shelf, sure, but, if you ask me, there’s nothing like having a real, big paperback book in your hands. I love reading this way. I love the feeling of turning the pages. I love the way a book smells. Yes, I’m one of those people who enjoy SMELLING books, am I weird?!
For years, I was so reluctant about reading e-books, because all my life I’ve read my physical copies, and been SO happy about it. Reading books on a screen felt weird, just like reading some articles online, but it didn’t feel like reading something REAL. That doesn’t make sense now, since I’ve experienced it, but, at the time, it did. I didn’t – and I still don’t – want books to disappear. Like, real physical copies. I want a big library in my future house, filled with shelves full of books of all sizes, pages with words written on it that I can pick up anytime I want. That’s what made me reluctant to read e-books, too. I didn’t like this change, and I just wanted books to stay, BOOKS.
Now, I have to say, I’m content. I’m very grateful to be able to read ARCs on my e-reader, and every other book. I’m very happy that I can read TWICE as more. There’s a book I’ve been dying to read -and ironically, is about a world where technology does everything… – is only out on e-book (Still Point, if you’re curious). And that’s the case for a lot of other stories. Now, I can read those, too, even if part of me still is thinking that it’s a shame those can’t go out on paperbacks, too. An e-reader certainly is practical, but for me, it will never, ever replace my love for physical copies.