eReaders… I’m finally joining everyone in the 21st C.

Okay. I finally did it. I’ve ordered a Kindle Paperwhite. Don’t tell me I’ve made the wrong choice; it’s too late now.

I have stubbornly avoided getting on the eBook bandwagon. I covet my moments with real books in my hands. The last thing I need in  my life is more “screen time.” I need the soft shush of pages turning, the sweet smell of ink and book-glue and paper (side note: anyone else in love with the smell of used book stores? the older books get, the better they smell). I need the feel of them in my hands to truly enjoy reading.

At least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself. Because that’s how it’s been for me for the last 30 years. Actually, I’m not sure that my owning an eReader is going to change any of that. I will always love paper books. However, I am willing to make some concessions to my ideals for the sake of three things…

1) I would like to be able to view my own books in their electronic form for the sake of proofing, editing, and plain old curiosity. Although I trust my publisher to make my upcoming novel as professional as it can be, I am venturing into the world of self-publishing for some of my novellas, short-stories, etc. and I need to be able to view them as they will be viewed by others.

2) There are so many lovely self-published and small press authors out there whom I would love to support. Many of them only publish eBooks, which is one reason I feel I need an eReader. But even those who offer paperbacks as well, I would like to be able to purchase in eBook format. Not that I wouldn’t love to have a huge library of hardcopy indie books. But eBooks make the difference between me being able to support three or four authors for the same price as one, if I limit myself to paperbacks. I want to share the love a bit 🙂

3) My wallet will (hopefully) thank me. Not only will I be able to spread my dollars around a bit more to show my Indie love, but I will hopefully be able to save some money on traditionally published books as well. There are some books that I am curious about, but just can’t bring myself to spend the money on. If the eBook is significantly cheaper, I may discover authors that I would have otherwise avoided out of uncertainty. I never hold back from buying a book that I know I love, but I’d like to take a few more risks and not feel like I’m breaking the bank.

So there you have it. My rationale… What do you think? Do you have and love your eReader? Are you a stubborn old goat, like me, who clings to paper books like the precious relics they are? Do you have an eBook that you think I might enjoy? Drop me a line, and post links in the comments. I will review sci-fi and fantasy on Cat’s Liminal Space, and others on Goodreads and Amazon.

13 thoughts on “eReaders… I’m finally joining everyone in the 21st C.

  1. The Kindle Paperwhite is awesome. I have one, in addition, I have a Tolino Shine (also a paper-white reader for ePub format). It is easier to travel with two eReaders than with 2000 books, don’t you think? I still read books in paper format. It is just more convenient to carry an eReader with you if you are not at home…

    1. I just realized that my days of travelling with a backpack full of books might be over! I have often packed five or more books to take with me on a two week long holiday… No, I wouldn’t (usually) read them all. But you never know what you’ll be in the mood for!

      You’re right, of course. It will be convenient 🙂 I’m starting to get excited about it, really… Hesitantly excited…

      But what is ePub? Sorry, I’m a noob. I have ignored all of the various file types and now I have to start paying attention. Have I limited myself in purchasing a Kindle?

      1. Kindle’s mobi format is probably the most widely spread one. As I am in Europe, ePub formats do come in handy as well.
        You made an excellent choice with the Paperwhite, no worries. 🙂
        You will love travelling ‘light’…

          1. Plus you can download lots of free stuff in epub format. I’ve had a Sony ereader for years and used epub almost exclusively. Now i have a Google Nexus 7 tablet and I have the Kindle app and I have a free app called FB Reader. I use the Kindle mobi format when I buy stuff from Amazon and I use the epub format for other stuff. Both formats work great. I have over 200 books on my tablet and that is great when traveling. I just came back from a trip to Howling Wilderness northern Saskatchewan with a slim tablet instead of a backpack full of books. I still love real books too. This just gives me choices.

          2. I don’t think the Kindle supports ePub, so I might not be able to take advantage of that. But I don’t really know what I’m doing yet, so who knows!

  2. I get your reasons for the E reader ! And yet, a book is what I would rather take to the bath with me

    1. Yes! Paper books only in the bathtub. They might fall in, but at least they dry out. Even if they’re a little wrinkly afterwards 😉 Unlike that time I dropped my iPhone in your toilet. Apparently technology and water do not mix!

  3. Yeah I actually I have a Nook Color before the HD verison. I mean, it’s modern so I sort of like it. I do like the turn of a page and to close a book when I done. It feel likes I completed something. However, I like to read at night in the dark, and play music sometimes when i’m reading to add atmosphere…

    it’s good to have its even books only exist in eformat that I worry about

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying yours! Maybe I’ll feel better about it once I develop some new, eBook friendly reading habits 🙂 I do like the idea of being able to read in the dark…

    1. Thanks! That’s a relief 🙂 I am looking forward to a beach bag that’s not loaded down with half a dozen book, lol. Reading in the sunshine is one of life’s great pleasures! Particularly when you’ve got a cold drink near at hand…

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