E-Readers vs. Books

Now that I have regained my life back from standardized tests, I can go back to my first love: reading. I was an English major so of course I love all forms of literature. Now I’ve tried e-readers before, so I’m totally not being biased here but I  prefer a regular book over an e-reader. Why do we have to be so lazy that we can’t even flip a single page? I know there are advantages and disadvantages to both.  I’m going to warn you in advance that this is leaning more towards a rant.

My first e-reader was a Sony. I was super excited that I could now carry multiple books around with me at the same time. At that time I was currently addicted to the Twilight series (don’t judge) so I literally read all four books on that single e-reader. It was great! I was totally in love with the thing.  Within about two years the darn thing started to not charge anymore. The software that worked with the system started to work incorrectly. Before I knew it, the whole reader in general just stopped working. It was just my luck that the e-reader only had a 2 year warranty on it. I ended up letting Sony buy it back from me for a ridiculously low price and put the money towards something else. I also lost all the books I had purchased through Sony; well I could probably get the computer format back but what am I going to do with that.

I looooove holding a book in my hand. I love turning pages and flipping back instantly to a favorite part that I like to show someone else. I love writing in margins and I love the feeling of accomplishment of turning the last page in a book. Maybe this is a little much for most people but hey this is my rant lol. Although an actual book brings so much joy, they are extremely inconvenient at times. If you happen to be reading a huge book; it can become even more problematic. At the end of the day, I won’t lose my book to technology!

I get so torn sometimes.

I see the reason for e-readers, they give you the option to carry hundreds of books in one device. They are easy the handle and are just flat out convenient. I’ve even found myself looking at e-readers even after the horrible experience I had; so they are still very much appealing to me. On the other hand I would love to have a shelf full of books; an e-reader on the shelf just doesn’t feel the same. Do we want to loose everything to technology though? I think that some things should be preserved.


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