I have been an avid reader for years. My earliest memories are of my dad seen through crib bars as he read me “The Hobbit.” This love of reading continues on today. I love all types of books, but for the longest time I was an e-snob. I refused to buy the eReader, back when there was only one type. I refused to even consider it. I liked the feeling of paper in my hands. I had three giant bookshelves and most likely contributed to the decline of a forest somewhere.
Around 2007, I received one of those first commercially successful brands of eReader as a Christmas present from my husband. He was so thrilled he got me this great new toy, I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d decided I was paper only! So I bought a couple books…which quickly turned into to more than I’d care to admit in the following years. I still have that early generation eReader, and I love it. I would never go back to paper, and here’s why.
Space is my first reason. I no longer need giant bookshelves. It doesn’t take 20 crates for books only when we move. I can have one small tasteful bookshelf for the signed books, or the few I want in paperback due to one reason or another. I love not having to find a home for yet another book.
Cost and convenience are my second and third reasons. Even at the beginning, books on the eReader was cheaper. Also, we lived well away from bookstores back then. It was an hour drive and gas money to get to a place where I could snag the newly released books. On my eReader I could get that book at the time of release, for less, and not have to spend our time and money to get to where I could do so. Then when I discovered you can get a hold of a random book here and there for free, and sample before you buy, I was hooked. That was the end of my love of paper books.
I have been hooked ever since. My eReader is looking a little chipped around the edges, but I would be lost without it, and while it needs replaced, it would feel like replacing an old friend. So until it expires, you’ll find me in a quiet corner with a rather old eReader, reading away.