I admit I should read more traditional books. I have several that are begging to be read. The problem is Kindle books are all too convenient. As a substitute teacher, I always have my cell phone on me, equipped with my Kindle books app. Why throw a book in my bag as well when I have perfectly good books to read on my phone? It is almost a no-brainer. The ease of use of Kindle books on my Android phone is responsible for an increase in my reading. I always have a book with me. I love reading during conference hours and lunch. As I also use my cell as an alarm clock, I also tend to read Kindle books before falling asleep. It is all right there.
Despite all that, I understand why some people loathe the rise of e-books. I get it. As convenient as e-books are, nothing compares to the smell of traditional books. Nothing. Personally, I have a fondness for hardcovers. There is nothing comparable to searching a bookstore or library for the perfect book to take home. In my opinion, a home would not be a home without shelves of books of all types. I particularly value books by local authors, most of which can only be purchased in paperback. I would severely limit myself and diminish my love of reading if I only read and/or purchased e-books. In short, I can’t imagine a life without traditional books of all stripes: hardcovers, paperbacks, and board books.
The issue becomes what do I do if I want to annotate a book. There are certain books that I plan to read more than once (although rare), or I want to discuss certain topics brought up in the book. As I adore quotes, there are times I may want to quote from a book, especially if I am writing a book review. Personally, I dislike writing or highlighting books, even textbooks I own (although I did when necessary). In Kindle books, it is extremely easy to note and annotate to my heart’s content without defacing a book. The only drawback is this: I tend to forget if I happen to have a library Kindle book. When my library loan is up, I no longer have access to my notes and/or annotations.
By the way, borrowing Kindle books from your local library is usually easy and a lot of fun. No trip to the library necessary, although I recommend one anyway. Borrowing e-books via your local library is a great way to stock up on reading material prior to a trip or for any occasion. Most library systems allow patrons to check out five e-books at one time. I love spending time browsing my local library’s website to see what e-books are available. I now have an extensive to-be-read pile on my account. The best part of borrowing e-books from your local library: no need to remember due dates. The titles are simply no longer accessible after two weeks. They may or may not be able to be able to be renewed, depending on popularity. It is, once again, all too easy.
Ultimately, I love where readers are right now. We have the best of both worlds: e-books and traditional books. Neither one is going anywhere anytime soon. I love being able to choose. If I truly love – and I do mean love – a title, I am free to purchase both. Choice is a wonderful thing.