Almost a year ago, I made a post about how I wasn’t crazy about eBooks. Today I’m going to talk about why my stance has changed.
Hello, my name is Ashley, and I am an eBook convert.
The only reason I bought an eBook reader was for reading eARCs, because, at the time, those were the only eBooks I was actually reading at all! At first I just read them on my computer, but that becomes extremely tedious. So, I bought a Kindle.
Fast-forward a few weeks, and I had started buying my own eBooks. At this point, I was buying a lot of self published eBooks (the average $2.99 price tag is pretty), and eBooks for books that I wanted to read but didn’t think I would LOVE. They were my “maybe” books. But for the most part, I was still mainly buying physical books.
Fast-forward a few months. I began to realize that it just isn’t feasible for me to have so many physical books. What’s the point in buying them if I have to do massive bookshelf clean-outs every few months? Because of my living situation, I just don’t have enough space for eBooks.
During term time, I’m at my apartment in the UK. During holidays, I’m at my parents’ house in the United States. I can’t haul books back and forth between those two locations (limited suit case space and shipping costs are ridonkulous). And to make matters worse, my apartment in the UK isn’t a permanent location. During my first year of uni here, I was living on campus. In my second year (currently), I have my own apartment off-campus. Next year I’ll be working for a year in London, which means I’ll be relocating again. The year after that, I will be relocating again to do a final year at university. That means every new book I buy has to be put in a box for the inevitable moment when I will be moving to a new location.
But that’s not the only reason I have started to convert to eBooks…
One thing I love about eBooks is how easily you can find certain locations in the books and how you can highlight your favourite quotes.
I’m always saying to my boyfriend, “I wish I could CTRL+F real life.” You can’t do a CTRL+F in a physical book. Want to find that one quote you loved? Have fun flipping through every page trying to get back to it. But in an eBook, there is a search feature! It’s like MAGIC!!!
But the highlighting feature is seriously awesome. Ever since I started making banner graphics for books, it has become a lifesaver, because I always try to put a quote or a phrase on my banners. I hate highlighting physical books because, to me, it feels like book vandalism. I usually have to resort to sitting next to a computer and typing up my favourite quotes as I go so that I can pick one later for the graphic. But, with my Kindle, I can highlight my favourite passages without feeling like I’m “ruining” the book, and then I can easily find them later!
I still love physical books, but…
I will always love physical books. There’s something magical and authentic about them. But because I read so many books, it just isn’t realistic for me to find the physical space for them. I have found a new love for eBooks, and with the amount of quoting, highlighting, travelling, and moving that I do, they have proven to be a huge convenience.
I still buy physical books for my absolute favourites, or books I’m doing to get signed, but right now, I have converted to mostly eBook purchases.