eBooks and I have long had an uncomfortable relationship.
When I first discovered the Kindle app for my phone, I eyed it suspiciously, delighted with the ability to carry books literally anywhere but hesitant about not having a physical book with me. I downloaded a couple of free books. But unlike the pages of a book, the screen glared at me, making me question the decision. It was so bright and unfriendly. Needless to say, I never flipped the first page.
Since then, I had avoided eBooks, not because I think they’re a bad thing but because they didn’t fit me. I like the feeling and the scent of the pages. The weight of the book in my hands. The memories of the people who give me the bookmarks I use.
But a fateful day arrived two weeks ago.
My mom and a friend absolutely insisted that I had to read Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings since its sequel was newly released. The friend even bought me the enormous book for Christmas to ensure that I read it. And I did. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. For a month, they checked in with my progress constantly, seemingly in a race to decide who would lend me their copy of the sequel first.
My mom won. And instead of handing me another thick book, she handed me her old Kindle.
At first, I was very hesitant. But things quickly changed as I actually started reading on it. There’s no glare. The screen is almost as welcoming as a real page. It’s very thin and light. Especially compared the the paperback version of the book. And after taking it to the gym as a distraction while walking on the elliptical, I decided it wasn’t all that bad.
For the first time, I really feel like I get eBooks. It feels oddly like understanding a math equation I’ve been trying to figure out. (An experience I’m all too familiar with.) And while it’s definitely not a replacement for a nice, thick book with real pages covered in that delightful fragrance, I think we can be friends.
What do you think about eBooks (as a reader)?