For quite a long time, I was a little off with e books. For me, they didn’t feel the same as holding a real paperback book in my hands, and it was as if some of the magic had been taken away.
My tablet came pre-loaded with Google Books, and I’d been on the Book Store to download a couple of my favourite free books. I hadn’t yet bought and paid for anything though.
Then, a two week work placement in London popped up. If I wanted to get some reading done, I would realistically need to boot up my tablet and download a few e books rather than take up packing space with the six books I intended to read. I downloaded the Kindle app, and bought some new e books on it and Google Books to keep me going.
Slowly, I started warming to the idea of an e book. I’ve become less of a traditionalist, and I’m now mature enough to know there’s pros and cons to both ways of reading your next book.
Let’s start with the most obvious – paperback books are beautiful. A full book shelf is what bookstagrammers dream of, and there’s not much more eye-catching than an organised and full bookshelf.
Whether it’s a doorstepper, a hardback, or just a regular sized copy, paper books can be quite heavy. If you’re anything like me, when jetting off there could be anything up to six books in your suitcase – and that’s just flying out. Those books can take up a lot of space and weight allowance in a suitcase. You often only get to bring one physical book at a time, especially if it’s in your handbag.
If you’ve only brought one book with you, say on the bus or to a coffee shop, and you finish up, you enter this weird limbo where you want to read but you have no reading material.
You can bring as many books as you want on just one device – my friend recently went on holiday and brought the entire I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk with her on her Kindle. Imagine the space she’d saved – and the extra clothes she could pack instead.
EBooks are generally cheaper too, with frequent deals of books for just 99p on the Kindle web store.
One of the biggest disadvantages to ebooks is that ereaders run on rechargable battery. If you’ve run out, and you’re nowhere near a power supply, you can be left stuck without.