So today I did something that I once swore black and blue I would never do. I brought a Kindle. I’m still largely in the ‘what have I done’ stage.
For years I’ve been anti-ebooks. I like my paperbacks just fine thank you very much. I find them easy to read, and despite a lot of people’s complaints about how heavy they are, I’ve never had an issue with carrying a book in my handbag. In fact I’ve brought handbag’s based on their size and ability to hold books before and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s very rarely that I leave the house with out a book to accompany me. While it’s true that I own the odd ebook, I’ve never really gotten into the swing of the ebook movement. And while I understand it may be better for everyone in the long term (especially the environment) I can’t help but be a bit standoffish and resentful towards the new direction that books are taking. To that end, I’ve been saying for years that I don’t want anything to do with ebooks. I wasn’t fussed on the format of reading books on a device/reader – which I will acknowledge as odd, given the fact that I have no issue with reading just about anything on my desktop computer. I wasn’t a fan of the pricing system for some ebooks, for although everyone raved about how quick it was to download them, many new release ebooks cost more as an ebook than those I’ve found instore (particularly at my work place – a local department store). I didn’t own a kindle or any other form of ereader and I was adamant that I didn’t want too. To be perfectly honest, I just didn’t think the movement would take off as much as it has. But circumstances have changed now and I’ve found myself reluctantly joining the band wagon.
I’ve sat through many conferences and talks where authors, publishers and various media people have spoken at length about the massive changes and unpredictability the book industry is facing. I understand realistically, ereaders and ebooks are most likely to become the way of the future and on some level I accept that. Despite that, I still don’t feel that paperbacks will disappear completely – at least I hope they never do. And while I now own a Kindle device, I don’t believe I will stop buying physical paperbacks.
So you may be wondering why did I purchase a Kindle given all that I’ve just said? Truthfully, part of the issue for me steems from the fact that I’m running out of room to store my books. My booksehlves and cupboards are overflowing, as is my desk. If only I could afford to have a massive room dedicated to my personal library, alas I’m not that well off, but the dream lives on. What’s more, I plan to travel overseas later on this year and while I know I won’t be reading as much while I’m overseas, I know I’ll still read a fair bit and would need more than one book for the trip. Logically it makes sense to have a device to store books on that’s lightweight and won’t take up much space because anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not likely to leave the books behind or throw them out. I’m a horder. Especially when it comes to books. To add to all of this, I’ve recently been accepted and granted approval to some books via NetGalley. A site which gives out ebooks to ‘professional readers’ and people in the industry for honest reviews.
A lot of research was undertaken before I purchased my Kindle. And although its still charging and I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, I think in the long run I may be happy. At least I hope I will be. I can foresee issues in the coming days and weeks where I may hate the thing, but in terms of what I need it for, I’m quietly confident it will serve it’s purposes. That is when I’m not feeling guilty and it doesn’t make me feel as though I’ve turned my back on the paperback industry.
So I’m interested in what your thoughts on this often controversial debate are? Are you pro-paperback or pro-ebook? Do you believe one will out number the other in the future? If you already own an ereader, has it helped or changed your reading habits at all? I’ve heard many people say they read more now because of their devices. Although I’m not necessarily convinced this may be the case in my situation. Do you have any tips or warnings for people travelling down a similar road as I am?
Until next time, happy reading.