The end of the year is closer every day and this is the time to think back if you kept your New Year’s resolutions. One of mine is to buy less books to save on money (and space). And I never managed to keep this resolution. This year I found a perfect solution – the BookBub. By signing in, it keeps me posted on deals and bargains on Amazon and Kobo for ebooks matching my interests. I’m considering this site as an alternative to library, where I can actually get books from unknown authors to try something new and not feel bad about spending money on something I might not like. And they don’t take any shelf space, either. If you’re an avid reader like me, this is something to try out.
About 2 years ago, I was totally against e-books. I mean, what’s the charm of reading a book on your computer, tablet, or any other electronic device? My opinion slowly changed in the following months, and I started some research on E-books and E-book readers. And eventually, a year and a half ago, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite on a trip to London, UK, as at the time they were not available in my country.
I was positively surprised about the quality of reading using Kindle, and before the summer, 4 months after buying Kindle, my boyfriend and I decided we need another reader device. It became impossible for us to share one. This time we chose a different one, also being a tablet, but primarily developed for reading. Kobo Arc was bought in Trieste, Italy. In addition, Kindle and Kobo support different E-book formats, giving as more options for buying E-books on bargains. Both of them serve us well and I’m glad I made the choice of trying reading E-books on electronic devices.
I still prefer having paperbooks on the shelves, by the bed, in my hands, but there are some advantages of E-books, that unfortunately can’t be said for paperbooks. Most of the time I read in bed before going to slip, and as E-books don’t need a light turned on, this also means an open bedroom window in summer nights, no mosquitoes, and no annoying itching in the morning. I love reading thick books that last longer. And when going to a doctors appointment, where I know in advance I’ll have to wait my turn, what’s better than relaxing with a book in your hands. Well, E-book takes off a lot of weight to carry around, and fits in my shoulder bags much better than a 800-page novel would. In addition, I can store much more than 1 book in the 200-g device, so this also means less luggage and less weight to carry around. Living in a small apartment is not always friendly for storing books, and having E-books saves some space. Often, I find bargains on E-books, selling cheaper than in a local book store, and saving more money means getting more books for the same price.
However, there are some disadvantages to E-books and readers as well. A battery can run out, and you’re out of reading material. Again, advantage of readers vs. tablets is that reader’s battery usually lasts longer. In addition, E-books are not available widely in all languages, so this is a problem for those that read books in their native language. And if you spend your days working on a computer, using another electronic device in the evening before falling a sleep is probably not what you have in mind for relaxing evening.
The way this works for me is that I change from reading paperbooks to E-books frequently. This way I can enjoy a good old book with a cup of tea sitting on a sofa early in the morning, or grabbing a Kindle on my way out, and knowing I don’t carry much extra weight.
In the end, it’s not an easy choice to make between paperbooks and E-books, and I made it easier for keeping (and acquiring) both types of books.