This past Wednesday my oldest son sat on my e-reader and cracked the screen. Since then I’ve been going back and forth with Kobo about getting it fixed. I have a warranty for it but since it doesn’t cover accidental damage, I would have to pay more to get poor Edison fixed or replaced than what I paid for him. I’m pretty disappointed especially since I’ve own my e-reader for less than a year. This whole situation has me looking more closely at e-readers.
I initially bought my e-reader to download high-interest e-books from the library and e-galleys from NetGalley. At my local library there’s often a long holds list for a print book but a much shorter one for the e-book version. With NetGalley it’s so much more convenient to get e-galleys instead of having printed ARCs taking up space at home. But not long after buying my e-reader, it also became convenient to buy the books that my library didn’t have. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, Jo Walton’s Among Others, and even short stories from Tor were bought when I wanted them immediately. That’s the funny thing about owning an e-reader; it’s almost too easy to buy a book. Well for me, anyway.
I also realized that it’s easy to ignore my e-books. On my reader, I had it set to where I only saw the books that I was currently reading. That way I wouldn’t have the free books that automatically come with my Kobo in my face while I’m searching for a book. Of course my electronic tbr stack started to pile up. But an electronic tbr stack is less stressful to see than a physical stack.
My reading habits haven’t changed because of my reader, but become more solid. I hate to read non-memoir non-fiction on my Kobo but love reading fiction on it. With non-fiction, I need to be able to take notes and highlight passages which users can’t do on a Kobo. I also prefer to go back and look at marked passages to see which ones to include in my reviews.
Owning an e-reader for almost the past year has shown me how easy it is to feel like I need it. I don’t need an e-reader when I have two library cards and plenty of unread books on my shelves. But it’s the convenience I’m buying even though I don’t own the books I buy since I can’t print or share them like I could with a printed book. The convenience of an e-reader is great and I miss reading on one but I’m going through so much right now trying to get my e-reader fixed, that I feel like permanently sticking to physical books.
What about you? If you own an e-reader are you more likely to read on it than a printed book? If you don’t own an e-reader why not?