Seven Reasons to Love E-readers

Although on the Internet many people love to hate on e-readers, they are actually very popular. On Amazon the sale of e-books has surpassed “real” books. While I happily read paperbacks, hard backs, e-books, and listen to audio books, I admit that there are some things that make e-readers better (hence their impressive sales figures).

  1. E-readers hold thousands of books. I first got a Kindle during my junior year abroad in Scotland. Instead of weighing my suitcase down with books, I could take the complete works of Jane Austen and Jilly Cooper and still have room for my rain boots. Which came in handy, considering the climate.
  2. No one knows what you’re reading: very handy when you’re reading Jilly not Jane.
  3. You can share e-books.  When we got the fourth Harry Potter book, my sister and I had to alternate chapters. Now that we have the family kindle account, I have more books available, and we can all read the same books at the same time.
  4. You don’t have to choose just one book. Gone are the days where only one book fits in your purse. If you decide you don’t like a book, you can just go into your archive or download another one.
  5. Books are cheaper. Many classics are free, and new books aren’t as expensive as buying hardbacks. Less money equals more books, which equals more smiles.
  6. You can make the type bigger. This is mostly a benefit for people who’ve misplaced their glasses, but even I adjust the letter size when the lighting is low.
  7. It has opened up the publishing market through self-publishing. This means a lot of bad books, but it also means more writers are publishing.

5 thoughts on “Seven Reasons to Love E-readers

  1. I am so lazy reading with anything but an e-reader is almost impossible for me – love the change the type size, love the multiple books, love no one knows what I am reading …just love my kindle.

  2. Nice list! I was resistant to e-readers because I like to highlight and take notes, and it seemed cumbersome on them. But once the Kindle Touch came out, I caved. I probably read an equal mix of e-books and physical books now.

    One benefit not on your list: a search feature! I love this because I have frequent lapses in memory, especially when reading a long book and thinking “who is that character?!” I can type the name into the search box and figure out they mentioned him 200 pages ago. That greatly helps my understanding and enjoyment of a book.

    • I haven’t played with the kindle touch yet, but I’m guessing it is kind of like the kindle app on the iPad … but with more sole. I completely agree about the search feature being essential.

  3. I have to say, I like the search function on an e-book. I have wished for it in some other books when I am flipping back to find a reference because my memory is fuzzy. It would also help if it did not take me weeks to read one book 😉

    I will also admit an e-reader is nice sometimes when I want to read a particular book on a trip, but am reluctant to take the hardcover version for weight or fear I will damage it by carrying it around. But, as I mention in my reply to Alison L, I still have a mental hang-up about paying full price for a book and then an e-version. Change is good – you go first!

    I also love your conclusion, that the key is the reading, not the media!

    • You also wish the radio worked like TiVo. Skip all the commercials!

      As for your mental hang-up, if you want two copies of the same book, you would have to buy the book twice. It’s kind of the same thing with wanting a digital copy and a hard copy. Although I agree that it would be cool if books came with an e-book download. I would probably actually use my iPad as an e-reader if that were the case.

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