When I first saw an e-reader, I thought I would never own one. After all, I loved books. I liked the texture of the pages. I liked the holding the book firmly in both hands. Books and I had a connection. And while I enjoyed technology, I didn’t really want to curl up with it on the couch.
That changed last February. I was preparing to run my first-ever half-marathon, and my family decided to give me a gift in honor of the big event. My son, who is an avid reader himself, suggested a Nook. Not wanting to surprise me with a gift I wouldn’t use, my husband mentioned it to me, and I started looking into it. I decided that it would be handy to take when traveling or to appointments, but I didn’t have high expectations. My husband and kids headed to Best Buy to make the purchase, and then happily presented me with the Nook.
I left for my half-marathon trip (an extended weekend) with my Nook in tow. I immediately fell in love with the convenience of having multiple books and a Bible at my fingertips, and it fit so nicely in my purse! The e-ink screen was easy on my eyes, and I appreciated that I could read it in bright daylight. (I also got a cover that included a light, so I could read it at night as well.) Although I had scorned the idea of an e-reader, my feelings changed quickly when I experienced the convenience and portability. I returned home from my trip a huge fan, and I still enjoy it almost a year later. I take it on trips, toss it in my purse for appointments, read with it by the pool and even curl up with it on the couch. My 9-year-old son uses it as well (we all know nine-year-old boys think that screens make everything cooler). The Nook has become a useful part of my reading experience.
At the time, I chose a Nook for one reason: it supported the EPUB format, and I wanted to be able to check out library books for my e-reader. Last February, Kindles did not support the EPUB format. Although I am a loyal amazon customer, I am also very frugal, and I wanted to have access to the library’s e-books. This tipped the scales in favor of the Nook, and I have been pleased with my purchase. Less than a year later, Kindle now supports the EPUB format, and there are many types of e-readers. What’s the best option? Would I still choose a Nook today? I don’t know. I think that’s a decision that involves many factors and individual preferences. I prefer e-ink screens, so that is a priority for me. Some people want to use their e-reader for internet access as well, so a back-lit Kindle Fire might be the best choice. Whatever your preferences, I encourage you to give an e-reader a try. I still love books, and there’s nothing like the feel of turning real pages, but e-readers are convenient and offer benefits worth exploring. Although I thought I would never own one, I am now a fan and encourage you to check them out for yourself. I guess the old adage holds true: never say never!
What about you? Do you have an e-reader? What brand and type do you prefer? I would love to hear about your experiences!
Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.