I’m bringing you my thoughts and a little discussion on eBooks today!
For the longest time reading to me meant holding a physical book in my hands. I could not wrap my head around wanting to read off devices. The flat screen, the bright back lighting. It didn’t appeal to me at all. I understood the advantages, but it still didn’t draw me in. I had a one track mind when it came to reading. Why would I read an eBook when I could read a physical book?
It wasn’t until I started discovering short novellas only accessible as eBooks that I began to read them.Even then I was mostly using my computer browser to consume those titles. Blogging was the true reason my iPad was finally used for more than just games and internet access. With sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss I can easily read advanced copies of upcoming releases and give feedback.
My eBook reading is still minimal, but I actually enjoy doing it. It feels like I’m reading faster since I’m turning the digital pages more frequently. Plus it doesn’t hurt my eyes which always happens with long reading on computers. It does make for easier travel without physical books to lug around and I don’t have to worry about damaging my pristine copies.
When it comes to buying eBooks though I’m still very much on the fence about it. I’m all for downloading them when they are free and occasionally buying one that I cannot get anywhere else. If I’m super impatient for my physical copy I might download the eBook if the price is right. I can’t justify spending just as much money on a digital copy than a paperback though.
My opinion on eBooks has definitely grown over time but I still prefer reading physical copies. There’s just something about holding a book in my hands and turning each page. eBooks provide a nice shake up though and I love having access to a more extensive selection at the drop of a hat. Reading is reading is reading is reading and I cannot get enough of it.
Questions for Discussion
- Do you frequently read eBooks?
- How do you feel about owning digital editions?
- What is your favorite thing about eBooks?
- Do you request a lot of eARCs?
- Would you rather read an eBook or a physical copy?
- Do you use the library for eBook access?
Thanks for reading my eBook ramblings and let me know your own thoughts on digital editions in the comments below!