So what do you think? It seems that all of a sudden, to me anyway, the prefered reading source is fast becoming the e-reader. I’ve seen lots of other people using them but never used one myself. It’s a pity that the manufacturers don’t give a fourteen day test period so I can try one. My friends and colleagues who have bought them all say, without any dissenters, that they are excellent; but are they justifying another purchase which will end up on a shelf or at the back of a cupboard or are they a real breakthrough? I’d like to examine the evidence and try to be as impartial as I can be, so I thought I might look at the pro’s and con’s of them both. I do have some Kindle and Kobo books on my laptop but I have yet to read more than a couple of pages.
E-Reader – (From what I am told/read)
- Compact and lightweight
- Can hold thousands of books
- Adjustable font size
- Long battery life
- Easy to read screen
- Some have built-in dictionary
- Some books are free or on offer
- It’s another electronic gizmo
- Needs charging from a power source
- You can’t pass the book around once you’ve read it
- It’s not a book
- You don’t get that impression of how far through the story you are
- After working with computers all day/evening – would I want to curl up in bed with another type?
Books – (From my experience)
- Available almost anywhere
- Low cost (Generally – especially if you buy second-hand, as I do)
- It’s a book – feel, smell and the page turning experience
- Never goes flat – doesn’t need charging
- Simply bookmarking it allows you to see how far into the story you are
- You can see what others are currently reading, when on the train
- Continual source of reference
- Looks good on a bookshelf
- Exciting to browse amongst
- Can be bulky and heavy to carry, especially when travelling/holiday etc – hardbacks particularly
- Fonts can be small and difficult to read in low light
- Pages can fall out in some circumstances
- Can be defaced
So looking at the evidence, I can see a place for the e-reader, particularly for people who travel a lot or are going on holiday. But unless someone gives me one I can’t see the additional costs of an e-reader tempting me away from the real thing; for the time being anyway.
What about you?