The Good, The Bad, & The Bookish: eReaders

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The rising popularity of eReaders and eBooks truly changed the face of both publishing and reading; and while some people are very divided on them, I happen to be a huge fan of eReaders. While I initially rebelled against the concept, I completely changed my mind once I had an eReader.

Interestingly enough, it was actually my husband (then just a boyfriend) who first asked me about eReaders because he was fishing for a birthday present. While I wasn’t interested at the time I think it planted a seed in the back of my mind and less than a year later I was buying my first Barnes & Noble Nook.

In the almost 10 years of digital reading I’ve had both e-ink and color from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I’ve currently settled comfortably into the Kindle Paperwhite and I prefer to read on my Kindle over any other format. In my opinion, the good far outweighs the bad when it comes to eReaders.

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The Good

All your books, everywhere – Easily one of the best things about eReaders is that you can have your entire book collection everywhere you go. As a child I used to bring a whole separate bag for books when we traveled but now I just grab my Kindle, or even just my phone, and I don’t have to decide ahead of time what to read.

Font Sizes – As someone who regularly reads for hours at a time it’s so nice to increase the font size and not put such a strain on my eyes. Font size was something I never even thought about until I started reading eBooks and it was the greatest thing ever!

Reading in the dark – With the addition of backlit eReaders it became super easy to read in any level of lighting. I love being able to read in bed without disturbing my sleeping husband as well as read in my living room where I prefer to keep the lights really low.


The Bad

Batteries Dying – Paper books can last forever but your eReader will eventually run out of battery. Granted my Kindle Paperwhite can last a week or two between charging but color eReaders often have a life of only a few days. Making sure my Kindle is charged regularly is something extra I have to keep track of.

Don’t drop it! – With delicate electronics and screens, you definitely don’t want to drop your eReader which is not something you have to worry about with paper books. Plus, speaking as someone who has dropped both a paper book and a Kindle on their face, I can tell you that the paper book hurts a whole lot less.

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How do you feel about eReaders?

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