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Hi guys! Today I’d like to talk a bit about how and why I learned to love eBooks.
Story time: I used to be rather anti eBooks. In my mind, nothing could beat actual physical books. And what’s not to love about them? They feel good in your hands. They look good on a book shelf. They smell good. They are more photogenic than people and perfect for bookstagram. Opening book mail feels like a party. They make a perfect gift. They make perfect heavy self-defence weapons. I mean, the advantages of physical books are plenty, while an eBook is just… bleh.
At least, that’s what I USED to think. Lately, my eyes have been opening to the wonder of eBooks. They definitely deserve a lot more credit. So why not share my new-found knowledge and list some of the reasons why eBooks are actually quite rad too?
eBooks are more easily accessible
This is a basic fact: not all countries or cities have easy access to physical books. No matter how much the perfect bookworm world would have a bookstore on every corner, this world does not. There are not even bookstores in every village or city. Also for those non-English speaking countries, not all bookstores have an English section. And do you have any idea how long it takes before a book is translated in another language? IT TAKES FOREVER, IF IT HAPPENS AT ALL (sorry, personal pet peeve here)
So where does one get books then? The library? Possibly, but here again: not everybody has access to big libraries. And not all libraries have a huge selection. A solution could be to order books online from sites like Amazon or BookDepository. But then you have to make sure that A) they actually deliver to your country and B) the shipping costs are not INSANE.
THE SOLUTION: EBOOKS. No need to drive for hours or go on epic quests to get a book. A few clicks and you have all the eBooks in the world available to you through Kindle or iBooks or any platform of your choice.
eBooks are less expensive
Definitely another big pro for eBooks. The truth is, books are expensive. Especially for hardcovers. I love the look of a hardcover book. They’re dreamy. BUT they can be double the price of a paperback, which is crazy. And eBooks are still cheaper than paperbacks as well. So if you’re short on cash but still really want or need a new book, an eBook is probably your best bet. And if you keep an eye out for it, you can score some really nice deals as well. Bonus: chances are you can get more books for the same budget. Isn’t that dreamy?
eBooks are delivered faster
Imagine this scenario: you have been anticipating a certain new book release FOR AGES. You have it pre-ordered. It comes out today. You can’t wait for your package to arrive. You are seeing other people on social media posting pictures about their book that has just been delivered. Cool, you’re excited for yours to arrive as well. Then you get a mail that your delivery has been delayed. You need to wait a few more days. Ok, you can do this. What’s a few days, right? But then other people are reading the book before you. And finishing the book. And posting SPOILERS all over the internet. And still you have no book.
How to avoid this scenario of doom? That’s right: get the eBook instead! No waiting at all, it’s delivered right away and you’re good to start reading!
eBooks take up less space
I must admit, part of me still loves and prefers physical copies. But when my bookshelf starts overflowing and the piles of books all over the house are starting to take dangerous proportions and my proposal to replace all furniture in the house with books is met with quite some resistance, it’s time to get creative.
And by creative I mean: switch to eBooks for most books. I still buy some physical books, but only those must-buys, the books from series or authors that I feel a need to have on a shelf to be petted and adored. (And the occasional splurge when I am weak, because I am just weak, very weak) ALL OTHER BOOKS: I’m sorry but you’ll be an eBook.
eBooks weigh less
What does this matter, Lindsey? IT MATTERS A LOT! I always like having a book with me. Preferably even several books, because I’m a mood reader and who knows what I’ll be in the mood for? I need a fluffy romance book with me, I need a fantasy, I need a sci-fi. And what if I’m almost at the end of a book? I need another one with me just in case. So this can get rather heavy. My bag is already chosen based on how much fits in it, not looks or style or comfort. Sure, it can be used to knock someone out if necessary, but if my arm has already fallen of from the weight it won’t be that helpful either..
So once again, eBooks are the solution! No matter how many you take with you, they will always weigh exactly the same.
eBooks help you sneak in more reading
I had an epiphany when I realized that my Kindle app works on a tablet AND on my phone. Because a phone is so small and a big part of every-day life, right? People don’t look twice if you’re on your phone. The weird thing about society today is that if you would take out a book in a social situation, people would call you asocial. They’d ask you to put away the book. But a phone? Everybody is on their phone and it’s considered normal. So reading on your phone? SNEAKY BUT POWERFUL. Handy to avoid social situations if you are so inclined, but also just to fill those dead times spent waiting on a bus or an appointment.
Which of course also means you can find more time to read, which means you can read more, which means you are one step closer to conquering that TBR pile!
eBooks help remember quotes
I’m a big fan of quotes and always like to remember my favorite quotes and use them in my reviews. But for physical books this is a bit of a problem because I need something to mark the book. I’d rather not damage my book so highlighting or folding the page is out of the question. Sure, I could use post-its, but I don’t like the looks of them either (yes, I’m very picky about the look of my books) and when I need them they are never within reach. So I figure I’d do it later, but when it’s later all memory of said quote has already left my mind. Ergo: quotes get forgotten, lost in the great unknown.
But my Kindle app has this handy little function to highlight quotes, which has made my life infinitely more easy. I can highlight quotes, find them back immediately AND copy them all at once and send them to myself for easy copy-pasting into a review. Talk about efficiency!
eBooks are more discreet
Yes, I know, there shouldn’t be any guilt when reading because all reading is great and book snobism is not done. But sometimes, there are just times when you don’t want someone to know what you are reading. For example, there are those romance books with terrible covers with half naked people on them. As much as I love reading those types of books from time to time, I also kind of don’t want people to see me reading them…
But forget terrible covers, how about the big things? Like for example an LGBT kid who wants to read an LGBT book and is in need of discretion? Even though I’d like to imagine the world as a safe, supportive place for everybody, unfortunately this is not always the case. So in these kinds of situations, the discretion of eBooks could be really welcome.
eBooks open up arc copies to international book bloggers
This is an advantage mostly for book bloggers, but I think it’s a pretty big one. Sure, every book blogger would love to receive pretty physical ARCS from publishers. But not every country is home to a division of that publisher. Which of course means that book bloggers from said country are less likely to receive any physical ARC. Shipping costs would just be too expensive.
Luckily there are eBooks, which don’t come with shipping costs and are the savior of international book bloggers around the world!
So that is it. Nine reasons that made me fall in love with eBooks. Of course I still love physical books as well, but I have learned to balance physical books and eBooks.