In the raging war of real books vs. e-readers, I always preferred to stay on the fence. I adore books. I love to go to bookshops and just lose myself between the aisles, run my hands across the spins, sit down on the floor (no matter how cold!) and flip through the pages. It’s one of my favourite activities, and while I preferred real books over digital ones, I really didn’t see a problem with e-readers.
Now that I have a tablet I can use to read e-books, I can definitely see the appeal behind them. No, I have not forsaken real books; I even bought ten new books in the past week, and I know will probably get more soon, but I will also read e-books on my tablet, especially in the dark.
As a bibliophile, I’ve often struggled with reading before bed. I don’t have a place to put a bedside lamp, so if I wanted to read, I would have to take into consideration that after I’m done, I would have to drag myself out of bed to switch out the lights. I’m not lazy, but I know that, like me, many others aren’t fond of leaving the comfort of their beds especially after they’re all cosy and warm, sorta like when you snuggle into bed but then remember you have to use the toilet. Not fun in the slightest. But now, thanks to my tablet, I can read and not worry about getting out of bed!
… sheesh. I sound like some cheesy TV commercial.
Seriously though. I’ve discovered that tablets are extremely useful when reading in bed. I like to curl up on my side, but that’s not the most ideal position for reading because A) the corners of the right page are always difficult to read and B) you’d have to commit an unforgivable act and c-c-crack the spine. *shudders* The tablet solved all three of my problems.
- Tablets have their own light source, meaning I can read in the dark quite comfortably and never have to worry about getting up to turn off the lights!
- I can easily read in my favourite position because the tablet only has one side and I don’t have to crane my neck to look at the words hidden in the corners.
- No spines to crack!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to convince you that e-books/readers are better than books; each one has its own charms and perks. To me, a real book will always come first. I just love the intimacy of holding it between my hands and slowly flipping the pages. I love they way they look on my shelves. However, I also like the coolness of the tablet and the fact that I can store hundreds of books on it… and by using the right cover, you can make it appear more or less like a book. =]
Are you for or against e-books? Any particular reason? What are your bedtime reading rituals like?