Lately, I am thinking a lot about e-readers! I was always against them because I thought that they might cause the disappearance of real paper books. After reading more about this topic and trying it out by myself with my iPhone, I can honestly say that I still prefer paper books but in certain situations it is nice to have an e-reader in addition:
When I’m traveling or on my way to work etc it is quite handy. I don’t want to carry around a heavy book all the time. You also need to have a bookmark which can get lost especially when you suddenly have to move. (That happens quite often to me since I am always deep into the stories of my books until I realise that I almost missed the station where I had to get off the train).
An e-reader also gives you the possibility to carry around different books at once in case you want to choose. I normally read more than one book at the same time depending on which mood I am currently in. But when I’m out, I normally just take one book with me because of the weight. The e-reader can change that.
At home, on the other hand, I would never use an e-reader. I still love paper books! I love to smell and feel them and there is nothing better than cuddling up in bed with a good “real” book. Moreover, I am quite proud about the books I’ve read and like to have them in a shelf. It makes me feel good to be surrounded by books and that is also the reason why I usually don’t borrow books but buy them for myself.
Another disadvantage I figured out is that I don’t enjoy reading on a screen all the time. It is ok for a while but doing that all the time is quite annoying. Perhaps it is just my iphone and I should try it with a real e-reader but looking at paper feels so much better than constantly looking onto a screen.
Overall, I think my final opinion about this is that I would never give up real books but I figured out that having my real books in an electronic version on an e-reader is a nice addition and makes traveling and going to work a bit lighter. 🙂 At the moment, I do not have the money to buy one but in a few months time I might be ready to buy one…