Why I Love E-reading

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'm strongly pro reading books via e-reader, but many people take me for a heretic of some kind. Here are the reasons why I'm supporting this gadget.

1. E-readers are great for traveling
I have always something to read with me when I'm on the road. I read when I'm on a train, when I'm waiting for a doctor appointment, when I'm taking a coffee break or when I'm waiting for a friend who is being late. I'm never bored that way and I can read a lot more than my schedule seems to allow. It's also very relaxing and I'm never nervous if I have to wait for something longer than expected. However, carrying a real book in my purse isn't that pleasant. Some books are really heavy and they are getting "older" quickly, especially paperbacks. So I prefer reading real books at home and taking Kindle on the go. 

2. Reading on e-reader is a pleasant experience
You really have to try it for yourself to believe it. Some people believe that it's like reading from the computer monitor, which is false because different technology is used. E-paper technology is much easier on eyes, especially in the sunlight. It does bother me that e-reading isn't the best experience if there isn't enough light in the room. But it motivates me to read more often outside on a sunny day - which is probably a good thing. :) With the proper lightning, reading in the evenings is quite enjoyable. Not to mention maybe insignificant but annoying problems with real books (like how to hold a paperback to avoid creased backs and falling pages, numb arms after reading a hardcover book for a longer time etc.).

3. It's the content, not the form
Many people are nostalgic traditionalists, which I totally respect. But paper books aren't some sacral objects - they are just a typical medium for the content in the time of modern history. When Ancient Greeks started to write their works, previously only transmitted by speech, the philosophers were furious. After Gutenberg started the printing revolution, intellectuals were also afraid of losing the traditional, "real" form of books. Well times are changing and the same is happening today. I don't think that paper books will lose their meaning anytime soon. People will still read them, just not as often as before because of the practical reasons. I'm not a traditionalist personally, but I do crave reading paper books after using e-reading device for a longer time. Just like I prefer writing on paper to typing on computer, since I'm using the computer all the time anyway.

4. No one knows what you're reading
OK, I don't care about this reason so much because I'm usually not ashamed of what I'm reading. But this video is a little funny and it actually has a point: guess which genre is on the rise. :)

What do you think? Are you pro or contra? 


2012 E-book Challenge

I promise this will be the last bookish challenge this year! I really don't want you to think that I'm going crazy (or maybe I do?). :) However, this won't be the last bookish post this month. I just can't help it, it's my favorite hobby beside blogging and making things with my hands. Actually the e-book challenge won't be a real challenge for me, because I will probably read at least half of the books on Kindle anyway. It's purpose is more to keep a log of real vs. electronic books that I am going to read this year.

I will try to meet the 3rd level: DVD - 25 e-books.

Read so far:
1. Black Dogs by Ian McEwan
2. V imenu Krišne: družboslovna študija gibanja Hare Krišna by Aleš Črnič
3. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
4. Splendid Summer by Mary Matthews
5. The Hangman's Companion by Joseph Flynn
6. Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload by Mark Hurst
7. The Flinch by Julien Smith
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. Watchers by Dean Koontz
10. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman
11. Divergent by Veronica Roth
12. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
13. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
14. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
15. Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
16. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
17. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
18. Hire Yourself by Scott Ginsberg
19. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
20. The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
21. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
22. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
23. Anything you want by Derek Sivers
24. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
25. The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
26. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
27.  The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
28. Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
29. Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
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