I’m Sorry eBooks, Do You Forgive Me?

When eBooks first became popular a few years ago, I scoffed at the idea of some Nook (and cranny) or Fire replacing the familiar feel of paper or the distinct smell of ink on the page. I was proud of my shelves full of dead trees and fictional stories. I often scoured Half-Priced Books for bargains to add to my collection.

Last year several of my blogging buddies published books. A few of them published eBooks only, which meant I’d have to bite the proverbial bullet and read eBooks if I wished to support them. And I did wish to support them.

Luckily, I didn’t have to buy an eReader. My smartphone (Android FTW!) has a Nook app, a Kindle app, and many other eReaders available for download in the Play store. I began reading talented authors such as Laura Ashley Lord, Matt Roberts, and Helena Hann-Basquiat. And you know what I found? Well, besides the fact that all three are spectacular writers, I found that I love reading eBooks.

I’ll wait here a minute while you all recover from the shock of finding out I was wrong about something.

You good? Good.

I normally do most of my reading in bed at night. I curl up beneath my covers, under the dim light on my nightstand, and read until my eyes become so heavy I can no longer stay awake. Therefore, holding up my phone and swiping my finger across the screen to “turn the page” is infinitely easier than holding up a thick book and manually turning a page. First world problems, amiright?

But reading on my phone compared to one of those hardback books? It’s no contest. The eBook wins easily. It’s more portable. It’s more compact. It’s quantifiably lighter. It saves my place without any extra clicks, no bookmark needed. Overall, it’s just an easier reading experience.

The biggest reason I have come to prefer eBooks over traditional books is lighting. Since I read by a nightlight (because I’m too lazy to get up and flip the switch on the wall when I’m ready to go to sleep) I have to turn in such a way that the lamp illuminates the pages when I read a traditional book. An eReader has an illuminated screen. That means I can lay whatever crazy way I want in my bed without having to worry about where my lamp is located.

Additionally, there are features eReaders have that I’ve yet to use. Things such as bookmarking and researching. For instance, if you come across a word you don’t know you can look the meaning up right there. You can adjust the color of the background for ease on the eyes. You can adjust the size of the font. You can highlight a section and add notes, which I’m assuming is especially handy if you’re in school. There are probably even more features I don’t know about, especially on devices specifically made to be eReaders.

So basically I judged eBooks without even trying them, and forming an opinion on something you haven’t tried is something I often chide my children for. Fail.

So, eBooks, do you forgive me? Can you look past my indiscretions? Can we be friends? I promise I’ll never associate you with hipsters again.

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92 Comments on I’m Sorry eBooks, Do You Forgive Me?

  1. I have actually fallen in love with the process of making e-books — because there are ways to make them interactive and contain content that you just couldn’t put in a book. Wait until you see the JESSICA e-book. (I have it on good authority that the paperback also looks amazing, and if you are going to buy the paperback, you get the Kindle book for free)

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  2. Weird coincidence – I am actually contemplating buying the new Kindle paper light thing this week… I was also of the mind that you can’t beat the printed page. But my house is too full of books, I’m fed up of packing and unpacking them every time I move, and I am trying to not be so precious about that sort of thing. My next self-published book (yes, there will be a volume two) might only be available on eReader. I’ve not decided 100% yet, but I like the idea of it.
    Great post my friend as always.

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  3. Being able to read under any lighting conditions is definatly a plus…. 🙂

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  4. It also took a lot of convincing to read ebooks but it is so much easier and I can down load a book whenever I want, without having to make time for the library. But I still miss the good old hard cover book

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  5. I was the same exact way…until I started making them. I think the world of eBooks will forgive us. I sure hope so 😀

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  6. I felt the same way until I’d used my Kindle for about five minutes. I love knowing that inside that little device I carry about 1000 books everywhere I go. No more breaking my back lugging a huge tome to read at work during lunch! And if one book becomes boring, there are 999 others to choose from with the press of a button. LOVE my Kindle! Welcome to the Hipster side 🙂

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  7. Hi! *pulls off shades and waves* How is my favorite stalkee? Looking good today, by the way!

    I love ebooks. It’s just more convenient. I was a total rebel and was anti ereader, but then I got one for Christmas. I’m a bit of a book addict, and when I find a series that I love, I have to devour the entire thing, and the ereader makes that so much easier. I can finish book one and within two minutes be eyes deep into chapter one of book two. Win. or #winning. Whatever.

    In a few months, you can add mine to your collection. Well, maybe more than a few. 2015 though. For sure.

    Do you forgive me now?

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  8. I tried. I don’t like. I’m glad you do, but….I’ve yet to be convinced.

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  9. I like the option, but nothing will ever beat a real book for me. I do use my Kindle app on my phone quite a bit, and I love how I always have a book handy when an opportunity comes up to read, because I always have my phone on me and I don’t always have a book. But I love walking through a book store, picking a book up and reading a bit to see if it’s for me, then moving on. I love having a collection of books on my shelf. I love turning pages. The smell, the feel. It’s all part of the experience for me. But, ebooks definitely have a place in my life too. I think they go together quite well, and I especially don’t think that anybody should have to choose one or the other! It’s like rum and coke, man.

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  10. Well I for one still don’t like them! Sorry friend! i want the paper to highlight and scratch notes on and fold in on a page I really REALLY love… I don’t like reading on my phone at all, and I am at my computer so much during the day that I really don’t want to stare at a screen…

    I wish I could love them for the same reasons you set out to…

    Oh, how I wish I could!!!

    I’m happy for you though. REALLY!!! 🙂

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  11. I was also late to jump on the ebook bandwagon, but now I like the convenience.

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  12. I like them better than I thought as well, though I still prefer actual books. This might sound crazy, but I retain more from books than ebooks. I think there is some connection between the visual and tactile cues of holding a book. Call me old fashion. But my pocketbook loves ebooks (even though I am a huge fan of the library), and it is great to be able to pull up a book on my phone when I find myself unexpectedly held up somewhere. Thankfully, I think the world is big enough for both!

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  13. I am a paper book guy by a margin of 95 to 5… but I’d love the name of the apps you have. That might get me off my dinosaur ass and use my Android to read too.

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  14. The only problem I have with ebooks and using an ereader on my tablet (HP Slate 7) is that when in bed, I often roll over and fidget while reading. This confuses the heck out of the device and I often find I’m lying on my side with the text essentially running vertially up the screen and then my eyes go funny.

    There’s probably an option somewhere to stop the whole auto-rotate thing, but I’ve not yet been bothered to look for it.

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  15. Hello, Scott! Stopping by for a quick hello and a check-in. I feel the same way you do about ebooks! I immediately found them easy on the arthritic fingers and hands. Paper books are usually too heavy or awkward for me to hold and hurt my hands. Glad you gave them a try! ps. you can also hide what you are reading…not that I read anything inappropriate or anything. 🙂

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  16. I have books on my phone like the kids have music. The only downside of reading Kindle books on my phone, is that if someone calls it closes the app – which increases my annoyance with phone calls.

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  17. I love eBooks, and have since I first tried one. But I do still feel like not having real books is a problem. Aside from the ones written by bloggers which really are a treat, I find it harder to find books I want to read. There are reviews (which I never read) and journals that tell you what to read (which I never read) and there is word of mouth. But I really miss picking a book based on its cover (I know), because my hand falls on it in the stacks. I miss opening it and picking out a random passage to see if I like the style or if it irritates me immediately and then I put it back. I love every single thing about bookstores except the fact that they are vanishing.

    But mostly, I think it limits our choices of what to read. And that is why I really do feel like we are contributing to the downfall of civilization. It is never good to limit reading.

    Of course, I love my iPad with all its Nooks and Kindles …

    Shit.

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    • How does it limit what we read? You can still browse books through the Kindle store and Play store. You can download samples and read them.

      Also, I find that Goodreads is a helpful tool to find new stuff to read, too, by recommending books similar to ones you’ve liked. Amazon does that, too.

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      • Because the choices are limited. The eclectic and obscure ewill never see the light of day. Not to memtion the controversial — we are now so very politically correct that things like Mein Kampf (while horrible but it was the first dangerous type thing i could think of) or Das Kapital which is imortant historiacally would never be seen. Ideas, even convoluted ones, are important.

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  18. I’m Team ebook too, Scott.

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  19. I retain what I read way better with traditional books, so I still prefer dead trees. Though I’m not opposed to reading on my ipad if that’s all that’s available. It depends on what I’m reading.

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  20. I think part of your initial resistance to e-books was the hype that they were an all or nothing option. So many people think that we can’t have both virtual and real books. Look how long we’ve had telephones yet still choose to interact via the written word and even face-to-face.
    I love to consume books in any format. I do most of my “reading” with audio books, but I have a Kindle and own old-fashioned books. I love having options, and I’m glad you’ve learned to embrace the options, too.

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    • I’ve never tried audio books. That has never intrigued me. I’m more into listening to music while I’m driving. And, I’m sure the twins would lynch me if I listened to books in the car.

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  21. It’s amazing what you don’t like til you like it. Most of what I read is on my phone, but I still love the feel of books, and a bookstore is one of my favorite places. I’m sure eBooks forgive you.

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    • I like going to the book store, too. I just find it easier to read eBooks rather than traditional books. I still have quite a collection of traditional books (mostly Star Wars), but I haven’t read a traditional book in quite some time.

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  22. I agree about the convenience and the advantages of an e-book. I have one because it’s easier to travel with. BUT, I will definitely never prefer it to the feel of a real book.

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  23. I’m still a real book holdout 😉

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  24. I respect all authors who publish e-books. Birthing a book is a long, painful process. But I am sorry. I will never, never, ever own an e-book. E-books destroyed something that meant a lot to me: bookstores. I’m still bitter over it. My kids will be robbed of a great pleasure in life. Oddly enough, we bought a Kindle for my 13-year old daughter and she rejects it. The books continue to pile up in her bedroom. The apple never falls far from the tree.

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  25. How refreshing to read a treatise in FAVOUR of eReaders. Another plus on their ledger is that you can fairly easily carry around 25 books — no back strain! Bonus. Also, there’s a cool feature on the Kindle app that allows for page turning like a paper pager (it actually curls in the corner before it flips over the page… how exciting!).

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  26. i can totally relate!!! i have been anti e-reader forever… until i got an iPod for free (hey can’t argue with free). i was commuting to work via bus/train so i decided to download Anna Karenina by Tolstoy since it would’ve been too heavy to lug back and forth daily.

    And whaddya know.. my anti e-reader self finished that 700+pg book (it felt like it) all on an old iPod (1st generation too!)

    you’re right though. still doesn’t compare to hardback books, but so much more convenient!

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  27. I like e-books for somethings, research is one of them. Simply easier to search an e-book for a quote or something else I am looking for. I have several tomes in electronic format now (I also have them on my library shelves though). I like e-books for when I travel too, lighter and easier on my shoulders, my purse isn’t near as heavy with the three or four books I carry with me on business trips or vacation. But overall, I still love the feel of real books.

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  28. I transititions at the insistence of my boyfriend about 2 or 3 years ago…I haven’t looked back since (though I do occasionally take solace in a hard cover copy – especially one signed by an author!)

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  29. I have so been on the same journey 🙂

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  30. My daughter gave me a Sony e-reader a few years ago for Christmas (after hubby forgot my birthday 3 weeks before!) I had been wanting an e-reader for a while & had done a lot of research on different types of readers. I chose Sony because I would be able to “borrow” books from my local public library to read on my e-reader without any cost. I love my e-reader because it’s so compact & right now I have 114 books loaded into it, so if I finish reading one book in a waiting room somewhere I always have another book right there to start!

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