To celebrate School Library Month, I've been asked by MyVoucherCodes to write about eBooks. People ask me all the time if I read them, and it's a random question, but I get why it's asked; I'm supposed to like reading and yet I never mention eBooks here on the blog or in my hauls over on YouTube.
No, I don't read them, and I don't think I've ever properly explained why.
I don't have anything against eBooks or eReaders. I think they're great! After all, a book is a book, and you can carry hundreds of them in your pocket. Plus, they've opened up the world of reading to more people - kids who wouldn't dream of picking up a book suddenly want an eReader and, before you know it, they've read the entire Harry Potter series in a week.
But I just don't like them. They don't like me. We don't work.
I like being able to hold a book.
When reading a book on my phone or on a Kindle, I don't feel like I'm reading. It sounds silly, but I like the feeling of a book in my hands, I like being able to turn the pages and I like the smell that some books have.
I like that physical books take me away from the Internet.
When reading on my phone or on a Kindle, I'm still connected to the Internet. Reading a physical book allows me to get away for a while and disconnect.
I can't focus on eBooks.
I once had to read a book on a Kindle and I couldn't focus. At all. It kept telling me when it thought I would finish the book - twenty minutes, ten minutes, five minutes; the number constantly glaring at me from the bottom of the screen, willing me to go faster, to skip a few pages. It felt like I was being hurried when I'd much rather relax and read at my own pace.
Physical books are prettier.
Yeah, I know. Shallow. But they're way prettier than a black piece of plastic showing a grainy image of a book cover.
I'm fine with lugging physical books around.
Sure, if you're going on holiday it's much easier to take a Kindle instead of a pile of books, but I don't mind taking books around with me. It can be heavy, but I'm happy to sacrifice the health of my shoulders. If that's a thing. Can shoulders be healthy? This just got weird. Next point.
eReaders are expensive!
For what they are, they're very expensive and I really don't care about them enough to warrant the cost. Enough said.
eBooks might be the future, but physical books have always held a special place in my heart and I think they always will.
Do you like eBooks?