I know. I KNOW. You never thought it would happen. Mainly because I went on this big huge rant 2.5 years ago about how it would never happen. I would never buy an e-reader, or use e-books.
I changed my mind. *shrug*
Because of the rant I mentioned about, this is kind of awkward, and I feel a bit hypocritical. But that rant was written when I found out my beloved Borders was closing (*SOB*), and I was pissed. I still am pissed. A few years before that, the Waldenbooks that I worked at closed. Ten years ago I had three nice chain bookstores to visit in my area – now I’m down to one, Barnes and Noble. (Hopefully, Barnes and Noble will be here to stay for a few more decades. I love going book shopping.) And the closing of big chain bookstores around here hasn’t led to a bunch of new indie bookstores opening. There are just less places to go and buy books. I do still blame all the bookstores closing on e-readers. It’s not really deniable. It’s like saying that Media Play, FYE, and other record/music stores didn’t close because of mp3 music. Of couse they did. People started downloading music instead of buying cd’s. People started downloading books instead of buying paper books.
BUT. I’m over it, I guess. I don’t think I’ll ever switch to mainly e-books, at least not by choice. I love buying books too much. I love having them on my shelves. They make me happy. And I’m not very willing to spend a lot of money on e-books – If I’m going to spend more than $5 or so on a book, it better damn well be tangible. But there are a few reasons why I’ve decided I want an e-reader (a Kindle Paperwhite, I’ve decided), so I guess that’s what this post is.
Bring on the bullets!
- Reading in bed. Since I’ve switched jobs two months ago, my reading time is a lot more limited, and I’ve been wanting to read in bed more often. But booklights are kind of a pain in the ass, and I tend to fall asleep sometimes (unless the book is super action-y awesome, or I’ve had a lot of caffeine), so that’s not a good option. I’ve had the Kindle app on my phone for a while, with a few novellas on it, but I plug my phone in across the room when I go to sleep, so that’s not a great move either. Reading in bed is the #1 reason I’ve decided I want a Kindle Paperwhite. I want to make use of the little time I have, especially those nights when I want to be in bed, but not asleep yet.
- Science. Basically, I’ve developed kind of a crush on technology of the last few years. I used to hate touchscreens – now I freaking love my Samsung S4. I read and learned about 3D printing, and it is basically the coolest thing I can think of and I can’t wait to see where that goes. Space, and the idea of sending people to Mars? That’s my JAM. I’ve come to marvel at all the wonderful things technology has made possible, IS making possible, and it’s hypocritical to sneer at e-readers at the same time.
- Oyster. Sooo this doesn’t really apply if I get a Kindle Paperwhite, because that’s an Amazon-only device. But Oyster is a “Netflix for books” kind of app. You pay $10 a month, and you can read unlimited books. It’s not the newest books, but I’ve scrolled through and their selection is still pretty awesome. And you don’t have to download the books – you can just click, and start reading. If it’s not your thing, then no harm done. Pick something else. I am going to be ALL over this when they come out with an app for Android. It’s just too cool to pass up. And HOPEFULLY there will a really awesome non-dedicated e-reader out eventually that I’ll be able to use Oyster on.
- Already been using the Kindle app anyways. Not often, because reading on my phone can be a pain and I don’t like to drain my battery a lot. But I am a sucker, and I have been downloading novellas by authors that I like. Mind as well have the actual e-reader so that I can read these when I’m in bed.
- ARC’s. I rarely accept review request, and almost never request books to review. But some publishers that I like, such as Angry Robot Books, have cool ARC programs. I’m slightly interested in being able to request galleys to books that I really want to read.
There we have it. All my stubbornness, and anger, and book-snobbing towards e-readers, and I’ve finally caved. All it took was a slight change in my reading time, and an ever-growing affection for technology.
I’m not sure when I’ll get one, but I’ll let you know how it works out. Who knows, I may end up hating the thing. But I’m willing to finally give it a try.