Ebook Readin’

Rigby & Kobo & Tea
Cuddly lapcat, warm tea, and a good book. What more could you want?

For Christmas this year, I received a Kobo Touch from a friend. It’s not something I requested, or that I thought I would enjoy. I had been skeptical of digital books. I had been one of those “but I prefer holding and sniffing books” purists. While the latter hasn’t entirely changed, it’s no longer entirely true.

Reading ebooks has made me a faster reader. Wait, let me try to word that better. It has made me a more efficient reader. With a press of my finger, I turn the page and it’s instant. I can prop my Kobo up using the cover (which has a cute typewriter on the front!) and read without hands while cooking, doing dishes, shaving my legs, et cetera. I can fling it halfway across the bed* in a mad dash because my cat has climbed up on that table in my bedroom I don’t want her on because she always knocks over all my lotions and nail polishes and not worry about losing my spot.

I suppose in a way I’ve become a nonstop reader as a result of the Kobo. Every spare moment, every chance I have, I’m reading. And yes, I’m absorbing those words just as well with the device than if I were reading on paper.

The increase in the number of books I’ve read is noticeable when you visit my Goodreads profile and check out how the books-read-by-year shelves compare. Last year, I didn’t even hit my goal of 30 books read. This year, I’m aiming for 50 books. It’s only April and I’m already on book 18 or 19 of that goal.

I still buy physical books. I always will. I even preordered the super fancy stickers-and-signed-bookplate copy of The Madness Underneath and it arrived shortly after my birthday and I read it and touched the pages and sniffed its smell and it was amazing. (I am a huge fan of preordering books when you want to support an author. Do it. Always.)

But the addition of a Kobo — not the substitution — has greatly improved my reading life. I don’t believe this will apply for everyone. Maybe ebooks slow you down. Maybe you just don’t like it — and I get that. I understand that more than those people who only ever read ebooks.

Speaking of: I have had people sit in the tiny bookstore I work in** and tell us they only read on their Kindles while drinking wine and flipping through magazines. Augh.

* Ley does not recommend flinging books or ebook devices. But if you must, at least be in your bed.

** Yes, I work in a bookstore. It’s connected to a restaurant and cafe, which is connected to a gourmet shop, pub, & inn. All nestled right on the river. Coolest day job ever, I know.

6 thoughts on “Ebook Readin’

  • Dawn Kurtagich

    Ley your life is amazing…. working in a coffee shop would be the nest best thing to working in a bookstore. 😀

    Hubby has a kindle, and I must admit although I was HUGELY anti-ebooks for a while, I have found the kindle to be really useful. Especially for reading your own work. I spot errors a lot faster.

    But I never considered the speed of reading… and now I am even more intrigued….

    I might have to request a device for my birthday…. 😀

    • Ley

      I'm a front desk clerk/gourmet shop clerk in the winter, and then in the summer we'll sometimes have a proper gourmet shop clerk so I don't have to run back and forth. I love my job though, regardless of its incarnation. And I don't have to wait tables, which I hate, so that's a plus!

      They're terribly handy! And right now, not too expensive either for something basic.

      • Dawn Kurtagich

        Which e-reader do you like best?

        • Ley

          I've only used a Kobo, so I don't have much of an opinion. I think it might be a Canada-only device, but I'm not sure — it's put out by Chapters Indigo, which is a Canadian company.

          I like the look and feel of my Kobo. It can be a bit glitchy, but it does what it's supposed to do, so that's most of what matters.

  • Melissa Dominic

    I now own both an original Nook and a Nook Tablet (which I rooted, and can get all the goods from kindle, kobo, etc as well) and I do adore it. I always waffle on where I should buy the book, but a lot of times, the e-version does win out. Price and space is important.

    I've been reading this monster of a 600 page book on the history of Italian soccer. I can't imagine holding that book at the gym.

    • Ley

      I've spent the past 10+ years of my life procrastinating on reading Clive Barker's Imajica because it's just so huge, but I have a copy on my Kobo now and have hopes I can make it through. With bigger books, I just find it's easier to get through them. I guess because your hand doesn't get sore. 😛

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