Well, I am the proud new owner of a Kindle, I got it as Christmas gift from my boyfriend and I am fully in love with it. However, when I mention it to people I am met with a very mixed response. It seems that Kindles, kobos, nooks etc are like Marmite, you either love them or hate them.
A lot of people wrinkle up their noses, look at me like I’ve just grown another head and say, ‘Whatever do you have one of those for?’ or ‘you can never replace a ‘real’ book.’ On the other hand others say to me ‘Wow, how brilliant’ or other words to that effect.
This time last year, i was definitely opposed to e-books. I was on the side of the ‘tree books’ I liked the feeling of the book in my hands, the look of them all on my shelf, the love of hunting around in a charity shop or second-hand book shop never knowing what I might find and all the other arguments that you can think of.
Then I slowly changed my mind, I began to run out of room on my shelves for new books, I travel a lot between my house and my boyfriends and I got fed up of taking 4 or so books with me at a time. So, I asked for a kindle and got one.
A kindle does have its good points too. There are so many free books, it is my new addiction, and best of all its free. I read faster on the kindle than I do other books. I have so much choice when I’m out and about now, its fantastic.
So, back to the point of the post. Does it matter if you read books or e-books? Do you have to pick one or the other?
The answer is NO! I read both. I take my kindle to work and to the boyfriends and i have my other books at home. I can download freebies on the kindle without feeling too guilty. I can still browse the second-hand book shops. I can still feel a book in my hands, along with the choice of my books on my kindle.
I think it doesn’t matter if you read e-books or paper books. What matters is that you read. Surely that is the important thing, and if e-books encourage more people to read and more often, then that can only be a good thing.