Oct 22 2009
I love books. Clearly, or why would I be here, on the internet writing about books and book related things? I also love e-books. For me reading isn’t about the physical book, it’s about getting lost in a story, spending time with beloved characters, and exploring fictional new worlds. Whether I hold a paper book in my hand, listen to the words on an iPod or CD, or click through pages on a digital reader, I still get that experience.
I often read comments about how true book lovers could never read on a reader because it wouldn’t give them the same satisfaction as holding a wonderful book. This makes me sad for a number of reasons.
Admittedly, I’ve never been as passionate about the physical book as some people are, and I am absolutely a gadget addict, so it’s no surprise that I have embraced the e-book. For me, it all started with the Kindle. I know the Kindle was by no means the first e-reader our there, but it’s the one that caught my attention. And boy did I want one. Of course Amazon hasn’t figured out how to share the Kindle with their neighbours from the North, so a Kindle was not to be for me. And thus began the research. After weeks of obsessively reading everything I could find about e-readers, e-books, software and formats, I decided on the Sony e-reader. I’ve had my PRS-505 for almost 6 months now, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it.
I confess that my love affair with the e-book started somewhat slowly. The first time I read a book on it, I found page turns slow and flipping back through pages awkward, and it took me a bit to adjust to the look of the e-ink screen. But right away I noticed how much easier it was to read. I know that may sound weird if you haven’t used a digital reader, but think of all those paperbacks that don’t stay open, giving you finger cramps while you try to hold it open with one hand while attempting to read and eat or grab a drink, etc. Without the book flipping shut every time you need one of your hands, there are fewer interruptions and I found I was reading faster. Or how about lying in bed trying to hold a 700 page hardcover book? Those suckers get heavy, and are a pain to lug around. An e-reader is always light and fits in almost any bag.
I also love being able to hop online and download the next book I want in minutes. There’s no wi-fi or 3G on the Sony PRS-505, so I do have to get on a computer and then transfer the book to my reader, but I don’t have any problem with that. I don’t have to drive to the bookstore, and the digital stores are always open, so if I finish a book at midnight, and want the next one in the series right away I can get it.
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