Okay, I know it’s not technically Tuesday. But I was thinking about this post yesterday (when it was Tuesday!) and I just didn’t have time to post in then. So, next best thing 😉
I was in Best Buy (which is an electronic store, for those who don’t have them around) because my mom was shopping for a new printer. And since I was not that invested in her printer selection, I decided to browse the store a bit. I did the usually things like listening to all the demo speakers, trying on all the Beats headphones, browsing the CD selection and wondering who still buys CDs, and then I found myself in front of the Kindles. And they were so pretty! I’ve actually been really interested in buying a kindle for awhile now. I just read on my phone Kindle app mostly. I’m always checking Amazon.com and looking at the different types. So, after being at war with myself for 15 minutes and justifying the purchase (it would be so much easier to read outside because no glare, it would save my phone battery, I could read ARCs so much faster!) I decided to buy a Kindle Paperwhite.
I know a lot of people have strong feelings about e-readers. Some people live and die by them, while others prefer that they would just die. But I feel like I’m just about in the middle argument. I think e-readers definitely have a place in bookish culture. They are literally a library in your handbag (or back pocket, I won’t discriminate against your carrying choices)! And that can’t be all bad. You can also buy books at a discount in a lot of cases. Which is awesome. There are also programs like the one Amazon has called Kindle Unlimited. For this program you can pay $10 a month and have access to all the books marked Unlimited in the kindle store. Which is pretty damn awesome. Of course not all the newest/most popular/magicalest books are available. Because maybe those authors want you to pay more for their book. But there are still a lot of amazing books out there that aren’t mega popular. Some of my all-time favorite books are by indie authors.
I also understand the other side of the argument, by the people who detest e-readers. A lot of people are worried about electronic books overtaking the market and driving libraries/bookstores out of business. I’m not too worried about that though. Because of us. The die-hard book dragons who won’t stop buying books no matter what. I believe in us, guys! Even though I really enjoy e-readers and the convenience of them, they’d never replace physical books in my heart or on my shelf. When I find a book I adore electronically (I discovered The Lunar Chronicles, The Selection, and The Raven Cycle in Kindle sales!) I will buy it in physical form as well. Because my shelf basically demands it. 😉
So, now that I’ve babbled on for awhile and told you my thoughts, I’d love if you would share your thoughts with me! Are you an e-reader cheerleader or an electronic shamer? Either way, this is a safe place to vent your feelings. 🤓 No judgement here!