I have two. A Nook Tablet, and a Kindle. I'm banking on a third, an upgrade to a Kindle Fire. That is just how much I love eReading.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good paperback/hardback. It's comforting to walk by your bookshelf and see all of those beautiful books there. You feel cozy and sedated just looking at them. But for me, the pull of instant gratification is too much to resist. I want my books when I want my books, and I don't want to wait. Yes, I might just be the most impatient person in the universe.
That infamous "READ THIS BOOK NOW" is like the key phrase to my hypnosis. Now? As in, right now, this second? *CLICK* Book, bought. No waiting for it to arrive in the mail nor do I have to leave the comforts of my home to hunt down a book that may or may not be in stock at my fave bookstore. Yeah, I may be sort of lazy, too.
And then there's the added bonus of being able to read in the DARK. It's a freaking dream come true. I can shut off my lights, climb into bed and read myself into a coma. Paradise. And with an eReader the book is always at the most perfect angle and I never have to try and find the light because the thing is backlit...
People complain that eReaders are hard on the eyes. Maybe so, but this is my counter argument. How many hours a day do you spend looking at a computer screen, an iPad screen, or the screen of your smartphone? What about your television screen?
Don't say "not that much" 'cause you are a LIAR. You're staring at a screen right now!
Half of our lives are spent being brainwashed by addictive technology, and people who complain about eReaders specifically are just in denial that readers are here to stay. Can you imagine going back to before there were eBooks? NOT. GONNA. HAPPEN. It's amazing how many people are resistant to change just for the hell of it. If you simply prefer hard copies, then okay. But if you're just being a butthead because the rest of us are cooler than you, well...
Like I said, I love eReaders. I love that I can carry an entire library of literature with me wherever I go, minus the book bulk. I love that I can stop reading one book and start reading another without much of a hassle. I love how I can lend books to my friends no matter where in the world they are. On that reason alone, how can you not love eReaders too?
See you next week when it will still be all about me!