Today we'll be discussing ebooks. Those lovely little things you can read anywhere on the go. On your iPad, on your phone, on your kindle. The one true accessible book. My thoughts on ebooks will differ from the vast majority, but since this a discussion--take to the comments to let your opinions be heard. Now let's dive in..
First off, nothing will ever be more convenient than whipping out your mobile device and being able to read a book on the bus. There's also this secrecy that comes with ebooks. I could be in class on my computer and reading an ebook, and I could totally get away with it (hell, I've done it before!). But you can't sit there with a paperback and hope the professor doesn't spot you not paying attention to his class. Additionally, we all know that there are some scandalous novels that you wouldn't want to be caught reading in public *ahem Fifty Shades*. So that's when you ebook it, hoping that no one will catch you downing a very naughty read. And finally. You can't beat a 99 cent book. They're usually much cheaper than the print copies, and only one click away. No waiting!
Did I miss some Pros? Take to the comments!
The downsides to ebooks are often more personal preferences than anything. This if for people who like holding the actual book. Maybe they don't have a device to read it on? Or possibly it could take them longer to read ebooks than print books. But basically, there aren't any concrete Cons to ebooks. None that I can think of that don't involve preference.
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How do I like ebooks?
Here's my personal rule about ebooks. If I can avoid them. I will. And this is where personal preference kicks in. It's not that I have to have the book in my hands to read it, or that I want it on my shelf (though that would be nice). Honestly, I may be the slowest ebook reader in the history of bloggers. It just takes me forever to read them. I have no idea why. I think it's a disease. Becca has come away unscathed. She actually prefers ebooks because she likes reading in class. See, not all twins think alike!
Another reason why ebooks and me don't mesh--Edelweiss. I don't know how they make their page count for eARCs but some of them will load into my PDF reader at 225 pages when the book is 350 pages. That means every page I'm reading is actually a page and a half. Why is this a problem? Because it literally feels like it takes me a decade to reach page 100. I'm all about reading well and reading in a timely manner, since I have a very busy lifestyle. Whenever I feel like I'm taking a long time reading a book, my pacing drops and it becomes sluggish for the rest of the way through. I also have a tendency to put the book down (when I usually can read a book in one sitting).
So there it is...ebooks, not always avoidable but definitely not for me.
Do you like ebooks?
Now it's time for your thoughts be heard! Are you pro or con ebooks? Or do you not much care either way? Sound off below!