Bookshelf from here
I love many things in life and books are high on the list (just below people...and cupcakes). I fell in love with reading in 1st grade and the love has just kept growing. I enjoy having a collection of some of my favorite books that I go back and read over and over again. To buy or not to buy an e-reader has been a long lasting debate inside my head. Here is my list of pro's and con's:
- Carry all my books with me in one sleek, stylish, compact e-reader
- If I'm not feeling the romantic novel I can easily switch to something different
- They are super cool
- Some have internet capabilities so I could check my email, or blog
- Many free books
- Share books with other e-readers
- It's not a book, and I would miss the feel of a hard backed book in my hands
- While there are many free books it still does not compare to the list of free books at the library
- New books would always be available at my finger tips and the temptation to buy would be great.
- The list of people I know with e-readers is very short, so there would not be a great opportunity for sharing
My thoughts on e-readers have been all over the place. I remember when I first heard about this new fangled electronic device that would replace books and I thought it was crazy; kind of cool, but crazy. Would people actually buy this? Did I want to buy one? I was intrigued, but didn't think that it was for me. I even checked it out as soon as it came to my local Target and was quick to decide that it was a waste of money. Only the rich people with money to throw away would buy such a thing! Little did I know...
Now they are everywhere. I went through a must-have-it phase about a year ago. It was at the top of my wish list and I started figuring out how I would come up with the money for one. I researched the different brands and even added some to my online shopping carts along with some fancy accessories. I told Troy that if he was secretly saving money to surprise me with a present (he's never done that, but a girl can dream) then this was the present I wanted.
I never got my e-reader and as time passed I realized that I was not willing to pay the price for a piece of equipment when I would still have to buy the books to put on it. I guess I am cheap, but I'm ok with that. I let my dream go and I got a new library card. If I ever have a job that requires me to do lots of traveling then I may revisit the dream.
I think that e-readers are perfect for some people, and I do envy their ability to carry hundreds of books inside their purse, but we can't have everything we want in life. The library is not as convenient because I can't click a few buttons and have a book delivered to my lap instantly, but it's free. I'm saving a ton of money and that makes me very happy!