Feature & Follow Friday 6/28/13
Geez, the questions on all of this week’s memes are awesome. I usually skip a meme if I don’t like the question but I haven’t had to do that this week. But, it is now Friday (thank all the gods) and it is now time for Feature & Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This is a blog hop! So, check out the linky widget and hop to the next blog. Comment. Love. Follow. Be awesome.
Our question for this week is: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc.?
Ah, the eternal book lover’s question. Paper or eBook? If you were to ask me this a year ago, I would have sworn my undying loyalty to paper books and scorned eReaders. Alas, since then I’ve been corrupted and turned to the eBook dark side. So, my answer to this question is: both.
Really, both paper books and eBooks have their pros and cons. There is the nostalgia factor with paper books. The feel of the paper, the weight and smell of the book, and the pleasure of just being able to hold a book you are reading. Paper books can be displayed like a badge of honor. “Look at how much I read! Aren’t I awesome?” A full bookshelf is a source of pride for a lot of people. For me, paper books pull ahead of eBooks just a tad because paper books are the easiest to borrow from libraries. I’m cheap and don’t like to pay for things I can get for free.
But, libraries can be limiting. It’s practically impossible to get erotica books from the library. You have to wait your turn for very popular books and you often have a lot of lag time between when a book is released and when the library gets a copy. Libraries can be slow and very narrow in the range of books they have available. About a year ago, this frustrated me enough that I took my Mom up on her offer to have her old Kindle, after she had been gifted the new Kindle Fire for Christmas three or four years ago. I had refused before because I didn’t want to pay for books, even eBook prices, and thought eReaders were a little silly. (Note to public: Never look through your mother’s old Kindle library. You will discover she reads a lot of porn and be very disturbed.)
I have since been converted to the church of the eBook. It is awesome. Suddenly, a whole plethora of books I had no access to before was open to me. (Including my guilty pleasure; erotica books and gay romances. Because I’m a closet pervert. Like mother, like daughter!) I could suddenly carry dozens, hundreds, of books in one slim lightweight device and nobody could tell what I was reading or how fast I was reading it. Freedom! Then I discovered the Amazon freebie. Joy! Bliss! Books for free, just like from the library, but I get to keep them. I still had to pay for some of the other books I wanted but I consoled myself with the idea that at least they weren’t paper books prices at $20 a pop and if I stuck with a budget, I would be fine. (Unlikely my bibliophile mother, who is pretty much in eBook debt.)
So, despite my vow to never have an eReader, I ended up loving it. Now, I can safely say I’m both a paper books lover and an eBook lover.
Now getting hopping!
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