When I first heard about ereaders, I was adamant that I would never want one. I love books and I wanted to remain loyal to the phyiscal format that I love so much. The smell of the pages, the feel of the book in your hand, turning the page, being able to physically see how much you have left of a chapter or the entire book: these are things that ereaders cannot provide in the same way and are therefore reasons that I stuck to physical books.
A large reason for my stubbornness on the subject was that I didn’t like the idea that ereaders / ebooks were the only future of reading, that they would begin to outsell physical books and then would take over completely one day.
Thankfully that has not happened, but I have now owned an ereader for almost a year.
So, what changed? Do I only read ebooks now? Has my love of physical books taken a fall?
The answer to the last two questions is a definite no.
I cannot pinpoint the exact moment that I decided I would like to look at getting an ereader, but I know what began to change. Years ago, I felt that there was a battle between physcial books and ereaders, and you were either on one team or the other and you needed to pick a side. I thought that by getting an ereader I would be betraying physical books, but I think now that I was wrong.
Unlike the childhood debates that I rememember on the topic, during the past couple of years I have started to see more conversations surrounding the positives (and negatives) of ereaders that did not suggest that they were superior to or going to replace physical books. I could not deny that that there are positives to ereaders, and I began to see more points that made me think about them and wonder whether investing in one may be beneficial to me.
Furthermore, I started to realise that some of my own ideas and perceptions about ereaders were not quite right. For example, my excuse had often been that I did not need another screen to look at in my life, but these screens (at least with the model that I chose) are not the same as a TV, phone or laptop.
Perhaps these new conversations that I was having and seeing convinced me, or perhaps last year was the right time for me to get an ereader, but either way, I began doing more research. If I was going to get an ereader, then I wanted to be sure that I wanted one and I wanted to find the product that I felt would be best for me.
So, I watched YouTube videos on the subject, I read articles, and I looked at some of the products available.
In the end, I decided to get a Kindle Paperwhite. Although I don’t recall which generation it is, I bought it in 2020.
I liked the features and design of the Kindle Paperwhite and, a few months later, I think I made the right choice. It has a good battery life, a nice screen, plenty of storage, is lightweight, and is also waterproof (to an extent, of course, so please check the specifics).
I’m not going to say much more about the device itself here and the positives of using an ereader, but I am thinking of writing another blog post on that topic so keep an eye out for that.
Now, I am glad that I have an ereader, but it has not replaced physical books for me by any means. In fact, a big realisation that I had when I first started pondering ereaders was that no one has to choose one or the other. Why can’t we consume our books in multiple formats? The answer is, we can and there is no reason why we shouldn’t. If only one format is the one for you, then that’s great, but if you like paperbacks and hardbacks and ebooks and audiobooks then use them all! And enjoy those books!
Although I like my Kindle, and I enjoy reading on it, I usually have a gut feeling about which books I want to own as ebooks and which ones I would quite like to own physically.
Have I been converted to ereaders and ebooks? I suppose I have, yes, but really I just love books and I have learnt that I like consuming them in multiple formats.
If you have any questions on this topic, or would like to share your experiences, please do leave a comment below.