E-reader vs. Book
In today’s day and age, books are available to readers 24 hours a day. A reader has access to thousands of books on your phone, you can pre-order favorites online and have them delivered, and you can visit your local library or book store. I for one love this!
What I also love is the rise of the ebook. Thanks to the giants like Kindle and Nook, e-readers are a common gadget in our electronic arsenal. I myself have been reading via a Kindle (or the Kindle app) since late 2008. The first appeal was that I could get a book whenever I wanted. I was like a kid in a candy store. I also liked that I could easily look up words I didn’t know instead of reading over them. But I still preferred the feel of a paperback in my hands.
It wasn’t until I began to review books in early 2010 that I fell completely in love with reading on a Kindle. First – I love that I can take notes and highlight passages right within the text. GENIUS! I also love the “cloud” feature – so if I forget and leave my Kindle at home, I can still read on my phone!
But best of all is the search/look up function. When I started writing reviews, I no longer was able to read books within a series back-to-back, and my memory of characters and events was a little shoddy. If I had the previous book on my Kindle, I could look up events and characters using keywords. This is such an important feature for me now – I use it within books and not just looking up old books. For example, when I’m halfway through a book and “Mrs. Brown” enters the room (and I don’t remember something about her), I can look up to see what we have been told about her. If I can’t recall the hero’s favorite flavor of ice cream (because it is critical!), I can type in a couple keywords and voila!
So now, although I still read a paperback when tossed my way, I prefer to read on my Kindle. How about you? Do you prefer an e-reader or a book when reading? What are your pros and cons?
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