On being an ebook convert

Before I became a mother I had read very few ebooks. But they have several distinct advantages (most of which relate to reading during the wee hours of the night) for new moms which quickly overcame my reluctance to read in that format.

  • Because I use my iPod to read them, I don’t need to turn on a light.
  • So long as I have my ereading device handy, the books are there. When I finish one I can start on the next without having to physically get up to get the book.
  • It’s impossible to randomly misplace the digital version of a book somewhere in your house.
  • You can download ebooks free from the library without having to leave your house.
  • Even the lengthiest book weighs the same and can easily be held in one hand.
  • Turning pages only requires the tap of a thumb.
  • Most ereader programs automatically start you where you stopped. So even if you fall asleep reading, you’ll still know exactly how far you got.
  • They tend to be at least a little cheaper than their traditional counterparts.

All that being said, I’m still not quite ready to buy an actual ereader device yet. For now my iPod is more than adequate. I’ve enjoyed the ebook experience so much these past few months that I think I’m more likely to purchase and read ebooks than I am paperbacks or hardcovers.

What are your thoughts, opinions, or counterpoints on ebooks? Do you still prefer physical media?