Sunday, 11 October 2015

Why I Don't Read eBooks


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?

20 comments:

  1. I'm with you Amber! I received a Nook a few years ago as a present, but I've never actually used it. I do however take advantage of my school and public library's ebook collection whenever I see that they carry a book that I cannot find readily in print, but I will always love my tangible book collection the best!

    How do you feel about audio books?

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    1. I don't really like audio books, either! I find it harder to concentrate and the narrator's voice can really put me off.

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  2. I like eReaders for travelling, but that's about the only time I use my Kindle. A ten day holiday requires ten books and there's no way I can take ten physical books (unless I take nothing else). In general though, I'm all about physical books! Great post, Amber

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    1. Haha, last time I went on holiday we were gone for 10 days but I was only allowed to take 4 books. A Kindle might have been useful at that point :P

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  3. Great post, Amber! I'm with you, but for different reasons. When I read I want to be able to turn pages, to smell them, and to feel their texture, and that's something an eBook will never be able to deliver.

    Sonia | A Film A Day

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  4. I feel the same. I use my Kindle for ARCs and not much else because I don't want physical ARCs taking up tons of space on my shelves if I only ended up liking half of them anyway (and they're so hard to get rid of). It does feel kind of fake reading books on it. I always get the feeling like ARCs aren't real books because I read them on my Kindle and I feel bad but that's just the way it is. I feel like the thing that separates a book from basically the entire Internet is that it's bound and an actual physical thing and not connected to any technology. As someone who has taken up bookbinding I feel it even more. Plus I love looking at my bookshelves and knowing/seeing what I have. My collection is around 430 books and growing. I love being surrounded by my books.

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    1. I love being surrounded by books, too! Having them on a little piece of tech would bug me, I like having the pretties on display. :P

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  5. I have a Kindle and I love it but I love my physical books more. I love the feel of books and the smell and seeing how much I've read and how much I have yet to read. I will always love physical books more because they're just wonderful.

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  6. I've learned to love eBooks. A few years ago, I never touched them with a barge-pole, but now, they're one of my favourite inventions! Obviously I still value physical books immensely, but eBooks are just so convenient, especially when on the move.

    Also, did you know you can switch off the "timer" telling you how far in/how many pages/how many hours it will take you to finish a book? I almost always keep it off now because, as you say, it's really annoying.

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    1. I didn't, thanks for letting me know! Unfortunately whenever I have to use an eReader I'm borrowing it from someone else so I don't like to go poking around in their settings, but I'll bear that in mind if I ever get one myself. :)

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  7. I couldn't have said it better myself. It's very rare that I read ebooks. When I do it's because I have an assignment or I am trying to read a book I didn't feel like going to the library for or I didn't want to purchase my own copy of. Other than that I am strictly a physical copy kinda girl. I often have to turn down ARC's because they only available in ebook form.

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  8. I agree with you Amber! I am 'anti kindle' I can't read a screen I need a physical copy to hold, cry onto and smell!

    Beth
    All-the-bright-places.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  9. If I see that a book I've been wanting to read, and don't know if I'll enjoy enough to buy a physical copy, is on iBooks for ridiculously cheap that I will buy it. These times and E-Arcs are the only times that I will read e-books. I used to be completely anti-ebooks. I would never go near them because they just didn't feel like reading to me but now I'm not completely opposed yet I still much prefer actual books.

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  10. I do like e-books, but I've noticed that I read differently when reading on an e-reader. I'm more distracted, so I don't really care to read long books or challenging texts on an e-reader. I do appreciate how easy it is to travel with though!

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  11. Although I do love my kindle, I don't buy many books on it. It really is for e-arcs and that it all. Owning buy an ebook if it is over around £4 because then I could just buy the physical copy!

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  12. Plus ereaders need to be charged! And they freeze on you! And a whole bunch of things that technology does! My friend and I once were reading the same book, and she was reading hers on her Kobo, and she said: "I haven't been able to get past chapter 6, because every time I get to the end of chapter 6, it freezes on me!" and I said: "I don't have that problem with my paper book." ha. Also you have to buy a new expensive ereader every few years or so, because like every other form of technology, they get outdated, stop working, etc.

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  13. I love eBooks, I got my Kobo when I had my twins and I could read and feed babies at the same time! I got my Kindle last year and I adore it, I definitely agree that it makes you read faster, I seem to devour books on it - not always a bad thing when you've a TBR pile the size of mine, but I do tend to race through them. I still love physical books though, imagine never being able to use another bookmark! Eh, no. I HATE audio books, I can't concentrate on them, I feel like I should be doing something with my hands at the same time, really don't get that whole phenomenon at all.

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  14. Hey Amber. Although I agree that having a book at hand is cool, my environment makes me favor an ebook more. Imagine being allergic to dust mites against your own will (no romantic scenes being surrounded by precious, dusty books), being a commuter and being broke all at the same time! I do agree that an ebook telling me I will finish a chapter in two minutes is a bit taunting and uncomfortable, I've read so much more than I ever had in my last semester. Anyways, great post!

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