Tuesday, 10 January 2012



Didn’t mean to (at first), but I’ve just gone 12 months without reading a complete “book”. Nothing to be proud of there perhaps, but…. I have read quite a few novels . Well, 60 (I kept count).

However, since early January last year every novel I’ve read has been an ebook. Obviously, when I first got an ereader I was keen to try it for a little while, but it was only after realising I had gone 5 months or so without reverting to paper that I thought, “OK. Lets see if I can keep this up”.

I’ve actually got two ereaders. The first one I got has a small TFT screen which, while having the benefit of colour, isn’t as comfortable or easy on the eyes as my eink model that I now use daily.

Obviously, I have “dipped into” and had quick looks at “old fashioned” paper books, but I must admit that I am very much converted to ebooks. Infinitely easier to carry about if your commuting and I don’t have to worry about lugging multiple books for long journeys etc. Also, it’s very light so even reading weighty tomes is comfortable.

I’ve never been one for “collecting” and displaying books anyway. Once I read a book I’m happy to get rid of it (there are very few books I would want to read more than once anyway). So, unlike collecting music on CD rather than MP3, I don’t feel I’m missing out on any aesthetic or tactile pleasure some may get from book collections. It could be argued that I have enough CDs cluttering up the house that I don’t need to add to the mess with books anyway.

I don’t know if ebooks are any more “eco friendly” than their papery cousins or not - I’d like to think they are, but does the energy used to create an ereader and continually keep it charged equate to more than the energy used to “create” 60 paperbacks??

The big downside of this switch to ebooks? Trips to charity shops are not half the fun they used to be L

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