I love my eBook reader. But I have to admit, sometimes I hate it a little too. I can take dozens of books on vacation (love), but I can't read in the bathtub (hate).
The good thing is, there will always be physical books: keep-them-forever hardcovers, gorgeous trade paperbacks, chunky mass market paperbacks, leave-them-out-where-everyone-can-see-them coffee table books.
As conflicted as I am about my eBook reader, I will continue reading on it. Of course I will. And I will continue bringing books home from the book shop and lining my shelves.
Here’s why I have a love-hate relationship with my eBook reader:
1. Dozens of books in my bag (love). This is a good thing, considering I used to have to pack a separate (very heavy) carry-on for all my books whenever I went on vacation.
2. I can’t read in the bathtub (hate). I know some people do, but I’m too much of a klutz. One slippery mistake and (splash!) my beloved eBook reader is kaput.
3. I can look stuff up while I’m reading without leaving the couch (love). Whenever I don’t know a word or a historical figure or a place, I’m just a click away from becoming a more informed reader.
4. I can’t dog-ear my pages or write in my book (hate). I know my eBook reader has bookmark and note-taking functions, but it’s not as satisfying as turning over the page or jotting down a note in the margin.
5. My eBook reader doesn’t smell like a book (hate). I miss that smell. I love putting my nose in a freshly cracked-open hardcover and inhaling. Yes, I really do that.
RIFers! What do you love (or not love) about your eBook reader? Tell us in a comment!
About the Author
KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life. She’s worked as a college English teacher, a bookseller, a book club consultant and author, a marketing director at a publisher, and now editor at Read It Forward. When not reading, she’s doing yoga, meditating, or hiking with her dog, her husband and his daughter. As much as she loves living in the Colorado mountains, she misses her favorite place to read: the NYC subway.