Bookish Blatherings #35: It Finally Happened! eBooks Win!

Posted January 24th, 2016 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 31 comments

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Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.

I am reading the hardcover of The Dark Days Club right now. The story is good, the book is not. By that I mean I’ve finally turned to the dark side. I no longer like hardcopies of books. I know, I’m a horrible book nerd. The ebook/book debate has been going on for some time. I’ve always been on the hardcopy book team. I loved holding an actual paperback or hardcover in my hand. The smells, the textures, and prettiness, they all appealed to me more. But no more.

First, holding a hardcover is freaking annoying as hell. They are heavy and awkward to hold. The paperback isn’t as bad but it’s still not as comfortable an e-reader. E-readers are so light and sleek. My kindle fits perfectly in my hand.

Second, where is my dictionary option on my hardcover? Oh yeah, books are technologically impaired, ergo useless. I love looking up words or highlighting while I’m reading. Without those options, I feel naked.

Third, ebooks are more portable. I was called into Jury Duty this week and had to finish a huge physical book for a blog tour. I have a big purse but it was so annoying to carry around such a big book all day. My kindle fits everywhere and in any purse. I like my shit compact!

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Fourth, most e-readers come with lighting options. Mine does and I love it. I hate having my reading location options limited because of lighting. With my e-reader, I can read ANYWHERE! I could crawl in a hole and read to my heart’s content.

The best part of my e-reader is that when I’m doing my make-up or other random tasks, I can switch to text-to-speech and let my e-reader do the work for me. I know some of you hate this feature, but I love it. Audio books would work too, but then I am stuck with just audio reading. I like having the choice to either physically read or listen to my books.

Yes, I still love looking at my over-stacked bookshelves. Books are so much more mesmerizing than ebooks, obviously. But convince is slowly becoming more important. I find myself resenting when I have to read one of my physical books. Ugh, I hate myself for saying that. I will still buy physical books because relying 100% on technology makes me nervous. Technology is not reliable, but when it is, it’s fucking awesome!

Anybody else leaning more towards the eBook/eReader team?

Why or why not?

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31 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #35: It Finally Happened! eBooks Win!”

  1. Ashley @ Ashleyz Wonderland

    Yes to all of the above! I’m an ereader girl for all of the same reasons. I do like a physical copy of some books, especially those with pretty covers but an ereader is just so much more convenient.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Soooo much more convenient. I feel bad for giving up on physical books but I gotta do me! lol

  2. Christy

    Digital all the way. Before I got a kindle in 2010, I thought I’d never be into them. I loved my hardcopies. Ha. I love my kindle and can read so much faster. Plus, I like that I can easily search for things. Like if I want to compare something from earlier in the book or check what someone said, easy.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      So happy I am not the only one! I never thought I would convert, but my kindle is my baby!

  3. Bee @ Quite the Novel Idea

    While nothing can compare to the feel of a physical copy, I do prefer ebooks for all the reasons you listed. I don’t need extra lighting to be able to read, I can take it with me at all times because it’s so small, it’s easier to hold in my hands,…

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      My hands use to get tired holding real books for so long, ebooks are so much easier.

  4. Lekeisha

    I love my Kindles. I take them with me everywhere, and I notice that I read ebooks faster than physical books. The only time I can read a physical book without stopping is on weekends or an off day. I love my hardcovers and paperbacks, but ebooks are my choice Monday-Friday. I still will buy physical books in case something goes wrong. You know, a zombie Apocalypse or something. LOL

  5. JenM

    I’ve been an ereader convert forever. I’ve always been one of those people whose luggage had more books than clothes in it. I actually had an old Gemstar reader back in 2003 that my husband got me because he was so sick of the weight of my luggage LOL, but there wasn’t a very big selection of books back then. As soon as the Kindle came out, I jumped right on it and have never looked back. Plus, I have wrist problems that make it difficult to hold physical books for long stretches of time and my tired old eyes love being able to resize the fonts. I do still read physical books from the library, but that’s about it.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      My hands use to get strained from real books because I read for hours, so I know your pain.

  6. Nitzan Schwarz

    I’ll tell you what, Jennifer.
    I’m with you, I prefer *reading* on my e-reader. First of all, I read faster. I’ve tried looking at it logically and I’ve decided it’s because I can’t visibly “see” my progress. By which I mean, with a physical copy when I reach the half mark, I’m all impressed by how many pages I passed and feel like I’ve “read enough for today”. I don’t have that on my kindle, so I often find myself simply finishing books without realizing.
    I also agree with the benefits of weight, light and of course – space. I can take maybe three physical copies with me everywhere (and that’s heavy as hell) while I can take a 1000 (literally) on my kindle.
    I love visually seeing my books. It’s just not the same, showing your e-reader library vs your physical one. Favorite authors get physical copies every time. Beautiful books get a physical copy because I’m shallow like that. Books I loved as kindle get a physical copy because how can I throw them at my friends if there’s nothing to throw?? But I read five kindle books for every physical one I read. I didn’t read any physical books this month, but I did read 6.5 kindle ones ^-^”
    Nothing can beat the physical copies visually, but kindle is a lot more comfortable to read with. Plus, I can read on my side which I can’t do with my physical copies and I love lying on my side.

    I feel like I kind of wrote too much lol

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I read ebooks soooo much more faster. I love having the percentage showing on my kindle to tell me how much I have left in the book. but yeah, there is nothing that beats the beauty of a physical book.

      • Nitzan Schwarz

        Right??? Something about the ebook format just makes me read ten times faster. Or read ten times longer than I do with physical copies lol.
        The percentage this is wonderful, but most of the time I don’t notice it unless I’m ready to go to sleep and then I see I only have 20% left so of course I’m going to stay awake and finish.

  7. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I just had this discussion with a family member. They were telling me that no, ebooks are inferior to physical. I said… yep, I used to feel that way until I got a ton of review books and by doing my blog. Now, I like how there is no extra space to be used by an ebook except on memory. 🙂 I do still like physical books and it is easier to give to people when finished. That probably won’t change.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I guess as a book blogger we are biased because ebooks are like our currency.

  8. Nathan

    I mainly only read physical books, but I recently won some books from paranormally yours book blog and they are kindles, so I am deciding about whether or not to buy a kindle. They are expensive up front, and some kindle books cost similar to physical books, but there are free kindle books, too. I should decide soon, I guess you recommend e-readers? Of course even if I do get a e-reader, physical books will always hold a special place for me. I mean they can be read almost anywhere and there is less risk of losing your library.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      You so need to invest in an e-reader. Kindle Touches are not too expensive. You get free books all the time and a lot of ebooks are cheaper, just don’t buy the ones that are the same price as physical books. That’s just stupid. they usually go on sale eventually.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Ugh, hardcovers in bed are the freaking worst. I want to shoot someone just trying to get in a comfortable position.

  9. kindlemom1

    I adore my paperwhite and truly don’t think I could manage without it. Okay, I could but it would seriously suck!

    Welcome to the Dark Side!

  10. Jaclyn Canada

    Yay! A convert 😀 I feel exactly the same way. I’ve been team e-book for a while now. My MAIN reason for preferring my Kindle reads to a hardcover is the ease of reviewing. I highlight passages throughout while reading and glance back over those notes when I’m writing the review. When I’m reading a hardcover, I either have to tote around a notebook and pen with it, or just try to remember all the points that I wanted to make.

  11. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Err… I go back and forth. Both have positives and negatives for me these days. 🙂

  12. Kristin (@_Kristin315_)

    HaHa I had a dream last night that I was hastily packing a bag for my trip to Hawaii and I couldn’t decide on which books to bring and started grabbing paperbacks before I decided to just bring my Kindle and load it up with books instead. THAT is why I love my ereader. It’s a portable library that weighs less than some phones do. However, I love the look of a personal library in my house and I love looking at the pretty colored covers (I have the original Kindle which is black and white). And while hardcovers are my go-to option for books, they are extremely difficult and awkward to hold when lying in bed.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I have a kindle touch, so mine is black and white too. If I had more room, I would love to be able to display all my books. So pretty!

  13. Lover Of Romance

    I actually used to love E Books, and loved my e reader. However, the past few months I have changed back to printed books. I love the whole experience of reading a paperback or a hardback. Although I will say Hardback’s can be awkward at times, but I rarely read them, so its always a unique experience but fun once I get used to reading it for a while. So even though I plan on keeping up on e reading, I have been focusing on reading more printed books since lately I have been loving them more. But you are right, e books aren’t completely reliable, you never know with tech.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Plus, when you buy ebooks from amazon, you don’t technically own them. They could be taken away. Crazy.

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