When e-readers started becoming more and more popular, I never once felt tempted to get one myself. I am very attached to actual books and carry them with me everywhere and often they look the part (which I like). They look pretty, they feel great and they are never out of batteries. An e-reader, I thought, looked like a giant calculator, you could never guess what anyone was reading on the commute and what was I to put on my shelf afterwards? Also, no one I knew owned an e-reader so I continued to think their screens were like those of computers, which give me bad headaches and generally put me in work-mode.
Then my dad called and told me he was now the proud owner of an amazon kindle! My dad, who only reads the newspapers and thermodynamics III.4 and who I have never known to really read a book! So what was he using the thing for I asked, you guessed it, the papers in e-format. Did I want one? God no, I hate those things, I read ‘real’ books!
And then I went home for my one-week break and my dad showed off his new gadget and to humor him I downloaded a free e-book and started reading. I finished the first book the next day and now my dad is worried I’ll smuggle his kindle into my trunk when I leave.
The screen really is nothing like that of a computer, I can set the type to an actually comfortable size (which means gigantic for everyone by the nearly blind (= me), and tons of free e-books! A week is not enough to read a huge amount of books if you don’t read super fast and are out and about all the time but so far I’ve read a super cosy mystery, Daddy-Long-Legs and some Wilkie Collins. I’m so excited that using an e-reader means I can read lots of Collins in one sitting. I know I’m fussy when it comes to type size but publishers seem intent on using tiny ones for the classics and I can really feel my eyes growing tired while reading them. And that means reading loads of amazing books for free! Here’s what I downloaded (for everyone who loves lists), just because, not that I’ll get to them any time soon:
The Red House Mystery (A. A. Milne) – read
The Shuttle (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
The Third Miss Symons (F. M. Mayor)
Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster) – read
Consequences (E. M. Delafield)
The Leavenworth Case (Anna Katherine Green)
New Grub Street (George Gissing)
No Name (Wilkie Collins) – currently reading
Fidelity (Susan Glaspell)
There are some things though that make me hesitate getting an e-reader myself. Why is the background of the kindle so grey-ish? I find that not too great for reading in anything but broad daylight and I have yet to find a button that switches on a light. Do you have to get an extra thing for that? And then, I don’t see myself ever paying for an e-book. I’d always go for the ‘real’ book and I know there are lots of free e-books but what if I run out? Probably everyone gets addicted in the process and that’s not a concern? 😉 I found myself missing the feel of a book and the sound of a page turning so I’m reading two ‘real’ books, too. I’ll probably be debating getting an e-reader for my birthday or not in the next couple of months, so if you want to help me decide, you have till the end of October to convince me!
I’m probably at least one year late with this post but now I’ve joined the 21st century! 😉