As I mentioned yesterday, while I was at the movie theater waiting for my husband, I was reading a book (Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman). A man said to me that I should get a Nook. Though it took me a minute to realize exactly what he was talking about, I then felt compelled to defend my choice not to have an e-reader. I stand by my decision (unless a Nook or a Kindle happen to fall into my lap for free) for several reasons:
- I don’t want to pay for the reader itself. I am saving for an iPad and I’d rather put the money towards that. Money spent on an e-reader is money that takes away from the iPad.
- I like holding an actual book. There is something wonderful about holding an actual book and turning the pages and using a bookmark that I just love.
- I like that books don’t require batteries. I hate batteries. They are annoying and expensive and I usually forget that they need charging until it’s too late. I want to be able to read when I want to read, not when a battery tells me that I can.
- I read in the bathroom. Yup, I admit it. I read in the bathroom. Sometimes, if a book is really good and my family won’t stop hounding me, I’ll pretend that I have to go to the bathroom so I can sneak in an extra chapter or 2. I wouldn’t want to risk the e-reader falling in the toilet.
- I like that I can get books for free at the library. Sure, there are plenty of free e-books but from what I’ve seen, the books I like to read are not free. I’m not one for buying books anyway. I tend to read them once and then they just sit on a shelf. If someone wanted to borrow the e-book, I’d have to lend him the reader. And then what would I use? It doesn’t seem practical.
I guess I do see the upside to the Nook or the Kindle: they’re small, lightweight, easily fit in a purse or backpack, can (supposedly) be easy to read outside. But they still cost money and eventually, they’ll be outdated. You don’t get that with a book.
Do you have an e-reader or do you want one?