I have seen many posts, where bloggers share some of their odd bookish quirks, and was inspired to write my own posts detailing my own book related idiosyncrasies, because I have plenty to share.
Today's Confession: I prefer ebooks to physical books.
I know! I am the worst! A real reader would never make such an outrageous statement, but I did. Below are my top ten reasons why I love my eReader.
- I am old! and I need reading glasses. My Kindle allows me to adjust the font, giving me the opportunity to skip the glasses. I can also change the font to a sans serif, which I prefer.
- White space! I love white space. I have not only found that many books are printed in small fonts (and serifs), but they also lack the white space that I desire. I set that white space to the max on my eReader keeping those lines of text as far apart as possible.
- I mostly read on my commute (90 mins each way), which is a bus to a train to a shuttle. If I have to stand on the bus or on the train or in the rain, I can still read, because I can handle my eReader single handedly.
- Depending on the time of year, it may be dark on my morning commute, dark on my evening commute, or sometimes, dark both ways. I have a clip on light, but again, this can be cumbersome when waiting or switching betweens my modes of transport. My Kindle is backlit, so I can easily read in the dark.
- I have carpal tunnel and de Quervain's tenosynovitis. What that essentially means is that I have a lot of pain and weakness in my wrist and thumb. I have no problem reading a physical book at home, where I can lay it out on a table, but it's quite difficult for me to hold one for long periods of time. My Kindle though, is much lighter, and I do not have to apply pressure to keep it open.
- Sometimes, I finish a book during my commute. Therefore, in order to be prepared, I would have to carry two books at all times. I try to travel light as the trains/bus/shuttle are usually crowded. If I finish a book I am reading on my Kindle? No problem, because I have about 2000 books on there.
- Speaking of all those books, I have very, very limited storage space in my home. If my entire library were physical books, I would have to yield the house to my books, and sleep in the yard. With my eReader, I can store lots and lots and LOTS of books, and it occupies less space than a single book.
- Notes! It is so easy to take notes when I read an eBook. On Saturday, I read a physical book, and I had to stop to put the stickies on the page, making sure that it is near the part I am interested in, but still sticking out enough so I can find it. With my Kindle, I can highlight, and use the notes function to look at all my highlights.
- Speaking of highlights, you can also see what other people highlighted.
- I can be really lazy, and look at what my Kindle can do. Sometimes, I lay down to read, an just set it up on my stomach.