I just received an eReader as a gift from my husband. I was reluctant to test out this new way of reading books because I was convinced I would miss the tactile feel of a book in my hot little hands. I couldn’t have been more wrong! ePublishing is the hottest trend around and romance is the leading genre, outselling more than any other combined.
Over the weekend, my little sister Emily and I made a trip to our Grandmother’s house. Our Grandma is what we like to call a "book hoarder" – bookshelves all over her home with too many overflow books to know what to do with. These books are NEVER for sale, donation, or trash … after all, she may read them again (although, usually not).
The Kindle is the big daddy of the eReader world. Now, I am biased as I received a Kindle for my birthday in April, but I think the hype is well deserved. Now that eBooks are available through OverDrive, I am even happier. The process to download eBooks is actually minus a few steps and easier with the Amazon/Kindle step up.
I am contributing to the extinction of the paper book. That’s right. I’m a Kindle user, and I have been for a year and a half now. I do it all; I carry it around like a spare limb, I drool over the new Kindle coming out in November, and I can tell you that I have exactly nine purchased novels stored on my little half pound device. Just because I’m not reading print doesn’t mean that I don’t love books. The problem is that Kindle books, though less expensive than print books, still aren’t cheap.
I had a conversation with my sister the other day about eReaders. I have one, and yet I still buy books. Out of all of my expenses, now that I have this device, buying a physical book is probably the most illogical thing to do. But I do enjoy holding a book, feeling its weight, and smelling its pages—be it old or new. So why did I buy the eReader?
There is no questioning the fact that eBooks and eReaders of all sorts are having a tremendous impact on the way that society views reading. Books are suddenly more portable and available than ever. Everything from businesses to classrooms is moving to recognize and, in some cases, even require eReaders. Even the way that the library works has changed to accommodate the lending of book in electronic format.
Although I have had my Kindle for a number of months, I only just recently finished reading an entire book on it. Nothing against the machine, but I guess I was in a non-reading phase for a while. Nonetheless, I have to say I did really enjoy reading on my new device.
I enjoy reading A LOT. My husband sometimes calls my vehicle the bookmobile. If books were cats, I would be the neighborhood cat lady! My one wish is to have a library with bookshelves and a fireplace with comfy chairs and good lighting. Who needs anything more?
It seems to me that my husband is a bit jealous of my reading, especially when I am reading Janet Evanovich. I can’t seem to help it.