So this whole e-reader trend really threw me for a bit of a loop. See, I’m a closet-technophile and also somewhat concerned with environmentalism. So it seems logical that I’d be one of the first to jump on the e-reader bandwagon, but nope. I pretty well ignored the gadgets for a long, long time. I stare at a computer screen for 9 hours a day, so why would I want to go home and stare at another one, just to do something I enjoy…read? On top of that, you don’t get the feelings and smells with a computer the way you do with a real, live book. You don’t have to wander through stacks and stacks at a bookstore when you have access to iBooks or the Kindle/Nook store.
But here’s the thing: I’m a pretty avid recycler. I bring my own bags to the grocery store. I bike or walk wherever I can, whenever I can (mostly because it’s fun, but saving on gas is a good bonus). I deplore wastefulness. You’d think I’d be all over this e-reader thing, but nope. I really just love paper books. It actually took Todd buying me a iPad for my birthday (I’ll have you know, I asked for a yoga mat) for me to really start embracing digital reading. It is nice, honestly, to be able to cart about 500 books and all my New Yorkers and Vanity Fairs wherever I go. It saves SO much space in my carry-on luggage when I travel (which means I’ll never be bored on a long flight or car ride again) and for that, I am definitely on board with e-readers. Plus, the iPad allows for a great deal more mobility and organization, two things that are remarkably important to me.
So while I think it’s a travesty that book stores in buildings are beginning their slow deaths, I think (hope?) this whole e-reader thing will really take off. Books will be cheaper, kids and adults alike will stop being so bored while traveling. They’re lightweight and huge, as respects storage, so college kids someday will stop having to buy $200 8-lb textbooks (so the medical advantages for e-readers are probably going to become more and more evident). And they do their small part is helping the environment. It seems, if you ask me, the benefits of e-readers far outweigh the disadvantages, but I’m open to discussion on that…
What do you think?