After reviewing an eBook at the beginning of the summer and struggling to read the 300+ page PDF on my computer, I decided that I needed an eReader for when physical books aren’t available or practical. I didn’t use it much before heading to Ohio for six weeks; I had a hard time spending money on books that I couldn’t hold in my hands. But I didn’t have room for books in Ohio. The lack of a television except in the common room also meant that I had time to kill. My eReader became my best friend.
Now that I’ve had a chance to really look at and use my eReader, I’ve discovered that it can be a great device. The catch, though, is that I’ve got to be picky about the books I read.
Reading on an eReader can be addictive. Flicking my finger across the screen to turn the page is much too easy, and I found myself flying through chapters well past my bedtime. The screen also resembles a printed page with just enough of a back-light for easy reading in low-light. I’ve also been able to read a PDF without needing to flip through the whole book on my computer. I don’t think I’ll be buying any books that cost more than a few dollars, but the inexpensive books are certainly fun to read on the eReader.
I think my biggest complaint about the eReader is needing to charge it every few days. Sure that’s to be expected with an electronic device, especially when I’m using it for a few hours each night. That can get annoying when I pick up the eReader right before bed and find it dead. With real books, I don’t have to think about battery life. I can read anytime and pretty much anywhere.
the very Ugly
My biggest selling point on getting an eReader was the huge selection of free books in the bookstore. I knew that I wouldn’t be buying a lot of books and that there would only be so many eBooks to review. Once I actually searched the free eBooks, I realized that there was a very good reason they were free. The books seemed to fall into one of three categories: previews of longer books, erotica, or self-published. And there is a reason the self-published books are free. I picked out a couple and couldn’t get through them. They jumped all over the place. The story didn’t make any sense. I couldn’t sympathize or even connect with the narrators. If I want to read anything worth reading, I need to pay for it.
In the end, I’m glad I got an eReader. It’s a great tool as a writer, and I love curling up just before bed to read a book with the lights on low. Plus I don’t get the wrist strain from holding a really heavy book for a long period of time. That in itself is pretty nice.
Do you have an eReader? What’s your opinion on them?