It’s not because they all get adapted to movies these days (the books are still always much better). It’s not because I’m lazy. I just may never read a physical copy of a book again because I have begun reading my first e-book on my iPad and I am HOOKED.
I’m late to join the e-book trend because I’ve never been one to buy books. I’ve never experienced a need to spend money on them. How many times do you actually go back and read a novel? As far as I’m concerned, there are plenty of good books out there that are on my to-read list, so why go backwards? Of the 10 or 11 books that I have purchased in my adult life, a majority are coffee table books or children’s books that I kept in my bathroom. They’re fun to pick up and glance at often, so I figure that I got my money’s worth.
One downside to e-books is that you can’t even loan the book to a friend when you’re finished with it. There was this trilogy that I was dying to read. All of my friends were raving about it, but none of them could loan it to me because they all read it on their Kindles and iPads. I was a little annoyed, but I caved in and figured I’d try something new on my iPad.
Now I’m in love. It’s so nice being able to have my computer, music player and reading materials all in one place. I don’t have to turn pages or worry about bookmarks anymore. What really sealed the deal was being able to read in bed at night. I can read on my iPad in the dark, and once my eyes get heavy and I can barely stay awake I can fall asleep without having to get up and turn off the light. That right there is enough to make me never want to read any other way again.
I can see this becoming an expensive habit. When book #1 is finished and I’m dying to start #2, it’s going to be really tempting to just download it instantly.