Monday, January 16, 2012

Musing Mondays - eReaders

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What devices --if any-- do you read books on?Do you find it enjoyable, or still somewhat bothersome? Or: If you only read the print books, why haven't you chosen to read on any devices?

I love the smell of books.

And they don't smell the same when they're digital.


Reasons WHY I love my e-reader:

1. I can carry lots of books with me everywhere I go.

2. I can set one book aside and browse another without carrying a bag of books.

3. I can instantly download the next book in the series, seamlessly enjoying entire exciting series!!

4. I get NetGalley books in an easy-to-read format!!!  Which makes them easier to read!!!

Reasons WHY I prefer books:

1. They smell so great!!  Antique, just-published, well-worn, paperback, hard back - they all smell so great!!

2. I'm visual and I like knowing where I'm at in a story, how far I've gone and how much I've got left.

3. Also, because I'm visual, I can find favorite passages faster. Often I don't realize a scene is pivotal until later and it's hard to find in the digital versions.

4. The Bindings look so picturesque lined up on my shelf!  (Assuming I can find them space.)

Ah.... space.  I don't pretend to be an avid reader... I am one. I don't pretend to hog books, I most definitely do.

I have over six bookshelves jam-packed with books... and the space between the books and the shelves are stacked with books... and my "desk" is piled with books... and nearly every corner of my house has a stack of someone's books as I try to keep track of my hording as it applies to each one in our family and their preferences.  (Books and nerf darts.)

I have managed this obsession like any good reader who is in denial, stuffing a shelf in the pantry, another over the stove, 2-3 in each of the kids' spaces, etc, etc.  But at some point, the excess spills over.

I know I'm not the only one... I've seen some of those pictures of TBR piles!!!

So... if I don't buy a new house and move (which sounds terrifying, really - how many boxes of books would I have to admit to owning?!) I need to be selective in my accumulating. I need to think about passing some books on to make room for the ones I can't let go of.  *gulp*

OR... I need to embrace the digital world and accumulate to my heart's content!!!

Frankly, this option is looking better and better.  

1. My husband checked out e-readers last Christmas and got me my Nook Color. He thinks I'm crazy for reading as much as I do, but he is really Cool, Man in more ways than I am going to share (or you want to hear!!)  When I pick up my Nook, I think of him. I like that a lot.

2. I update my background scene and regularly organize my books. Which is cute. And fun.

3. I read with my brain turned on (as I urge the kids) and mark passages I think I'll want to return to, just in case.

4. I purchased a cover that I like a lot. It feels good in my hands.

(It's tough, but) I've been practicing and more than a few times, I've forgotten what format I'm reading in. I may be a (rather) old dog, but I can adjust to get more what I want.... BOOKS!!!!


  1. I love to see someone loves their nook color as much as I do!!! Maybe it is why we love eReaders, nook is just amazing! Thanks for stopping by and following, I am following you back. Talk to you soon! [:

    -ShawnaLeAnn @ Dreaming In The Pages

  2. I have the same bookshelf situation. I manage it the same way.

    Sometimes I go through and try to pick out books to sell. I can usually get rid of one or two a year that way. ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I followed ya back.

  3. Oh, I totally agree with your reasons for and against...or for e-readers as well as for print books.

    I love being surrounded by books...and the smell. Love flipping back and forth, too. Not so easy with the Kindle.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I enjoyed reading your post today. I agree with it also. And especially #2 of reasons why I like print books. I too, like knowing where I'm at in the book, and how much farther I have to go before I'm finished.

    Thanks for the visit today.

  5. I love your bookshelves. I was wanted the Nook but ended up with the kindle but I love it all the same :)

  6. Love your bookshelves! But, I love your Nook story, too.

    Thanks for visiting my Musings. :-)

  7. All good reasons to love ebooks and books. I have that same problem with too many paper copies of books but I love both. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. I never thought I'd ever love ereaders, but I love my Nook Color. I keep reorganizing the shelves and it just makes life so much easier.

  9. Yeah i love my kindle and i went back and forth between nook and kindle but for me this one won out. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to checkout my giveaway!

  10. Love this post. Every reason you stated on why you love "real" books is exactly how I feel. =)

  11. I really want to have an e-reader one day. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

  12. i have a kobo reader, but use it mainly on the plane, and since i don't fly alot, it sits there. i love to read books, but since i can't buy all that many, and the library has only so many, i download a lot of free books onto my kindle for pc. Still prefer real books, though, and if i am buying a book, it will be a paperbook, not an ebook.

  13. I love your response to this question - perhaps because I too (who doesn't) am faced with the shelve issue. I still live at home and so my shelf space is rather limited. My mother, smart woman that she is, has never forbidden me from acquiring more books - but she has laid down the law and forbidden me from buying another bookSHELF. Smart and devious woman.

  14. I prefer to read both ways, because I can't carry printed books with me every time I travel around the world. I downloaded hundreds of eBooks for my Nook and I absolutely love to read on it... it's small and portable. Nevertheless, I'll continue to read traditional books, because it's my passion to have a big home library.

  15. I honestly love my hard copies. Holding them, turning their pages, smelling them even... But maybe I'll change my mind and might end up liking e-readers (once either my sister or me get one ;) )

    Thanks for stopping by!

  16. I prefer books over my kindle, however, the kindle is still epic when I live in a small flat, with no room for all of my books! I have boxes with loads of books at my mother's house, lol ;) !

  17. I also prefer physical books over digital but digital also has its advantages like what you mentioned. I am running out of space as well! I've already put some on the floor of my room.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! :)


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