Once a bookworm, always a bookworm.

I have decided to join the gazillions of people who own e-readers. Even though I wrote this article a year ago against the Kindle. Even though as an aspiring writer I can't wait to "visit" my books in stores. Even though I will not stop buying physical books or rereading the ones I own.

So why own an e-reader? Because, like Rory in Gilmore Girls, I can't leave the house without carrying a book or five. And an e-reader will be a heck of a lot easier to carry in my bag than five books.

For right now I'm looking at Sony's e-readers. I like their interface (and price tag!) best. Also under consideration is the new Kindle. But I haven't made a concrete decision yet because I won't be getting one until December -- it will be my graduation gift to myself when I earn my master's degree.

Only one thing is for sure -- I will always be a bookworm. Whether the book is tangible or digital.

Where do you stand on the e-reader debate? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Let me know in the comments!

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7 comment(s):

Claire Kiefer said...

I think I'm still planted on the "not into 'em" side of the fence. I totally think they're amazing for people who are always on airplanes and/or don't have access to bookstores and libraries, but I'm way too attached to physical books. Also, I feel like it would hurt my eyes to read on a computer screen. But I see the appeal for other people . . . I just haven't had a desire for one myself.

Kirsten Hansen said...

I'll get one eventually. Boyfriend wants to get a Kobo, which is less than a Kindle, still a nice enough e-reader. But I hate that they aren't backlit. I will always buy physical books of things I really want, but my collection is growing a little more than it should. It would also be easier to carry around than a hardcover or trade, lighter, and I could have more than one book on the go. I could see it being useful for research if I could get the books I needed on it. But for now I shall continue to read physical books because I can buy a bunch of books for the price of an e-reader!

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i think i'm pretty neutral. chris and i looked at one at barnes & noble the otehr weekend, and if someone gave me one it would be fine, but i don't know that i'd buy one because i kind of like the smell and feel of a book!

oh, and whenever you want to come to virginia for a thirfting trip, i'm ready for the company ;)

~kiMbeRLy~ said...

Too funny!! I just wrote a post about giving in and joining the eReader crowd! I purchased the nook yesterday and I love it! I did tons of research before committing and found it to have the best features at the best price!

Jenny☮ said...

I've been thinking of getting one, too! :)
I'm between the nook and kindle. Still unsure. Have been doing research though. We'll see which one wins.

Diana said...

I'm reading through the comments and glad there are no hateful ones on e-books :P

I'm a librarian, and I will always support reading, in any form. I've seen adults who could barely read and are too embarrassed to check out a book or even ask for help. I've seen e-books change this for them. Same for students, and kids.

I think people who are against it are missing the point- we weren't there when carriages came along, but people who rode horses were against them. Same when cars came along and people with carriages hated them, and same when planes came when people with cars had them. I hope that makes sense, but just like the rest of the world, different forms of reading will grow.
A book will always be a book, what's not to love? However, reading is a completely different topic.

Phew! sorry for the long comment.

g2 (la pianista irlandesa) said...

I'm very tactile when it comes to my reading. Frankly I just like having something in my hands, I like the paper between my fingers and the weight of a book in my hands when I'm reading. And now, in the computer-intranet-information age, it's getting to be something more special, reading a regular book. Reading something, especially something very engrossing and transportive, and realizing that it's ink on a page just feels like magic. With so much at our fingertips on computers and so forth I think just a touch of that's lost when reading something just by looking at a screen.

If they made e-readers for textbooks, though, with the ability to flip between and compare pages, look at more than a page at a time, write in it (and the writing actually resembles writing, and not pixelated crap), that sort of thing, I'd consider getting something like that. But I'll be sticking with regular books for a while. Some may be heavy, but I figure that if one feels a pleasure is worthwhile, one should bear with its inconveniences as well.