As an English and Creative Writing student, I almost feel embarrassed to say that I own – and love owning – a kindle. Don’t get me wrong, books are my all-time favourite. The smell, the feel, everything. I still read paper books, buy the ones with pretty covers and collect my favourite stories in my bookshelves, but I do carry my kindle almost everywhere. I definitely think we should keep buying books in this digital age, but an e-reader has a lot of pros too! Please let me introduce you to a little list with things that I love about my kindle.
Books can get quite expensive! Especially being a student, I find it hard to buy all the books I want to read! A Kindle can be seen as quite an investment as it’s not particularly cheap, but buying books on your Kindle is a lot cheaper than buying the paperbacks from shops. Most books I bought on my kindle are at least 50% cheaper than the paper version. Many books are also free to download on Kindle. Most of them are older books, but they’re perfect for my 19th-century literature class!
In my tiny student room, I have a little bookcase that is packed with books that I love. It looks great and I absolutely love it, but it’s come to the point where I either have to donate books to make space or take them to my parents’ house to stock them up in my former bedroom. Most books that I’ve read and didn’t love as much as my favourite books usually end up in the donation pile anyway. My kindle can store up to over a thousand books, which is great for when you want to read a lot, like me!
One of the things I love most about owning a Kindle is that you can take it with you anywhere. It hardly takes up space and it’s not very heavy at all. Carrying books around can get a little annoying at times. Popping my kindle in my handbag hardly makes any difference. Especially when I’m reading multiple books at the same time, the kindle definitely wins over carrying three books around in my bag at all times.
Instead of having to go to into a bookshop or order a book off Amazon and having to wait for it to be delivered, you can buy books super easy on your Kindle. A couple of weeks back I decided I really wanted to read The Northern Lights series by Philip Pullman. Especially as my own novella for my dissertation is a YA fantasy novel, I thought it would help with my own story. So I got it on my kindle and read half of the first book the same evening. One con is that I keep spending way too much money spontaneously buying books like this.
5. I read a lot more
This might not be a seperate point, but more a point that combined all the previous points. Since I got my kindle I have been reading way more than I have before. Probably because it’s cheaper to buy books on it, it’s easier to buy books on it, I get to read everywhere and whenever I want because it’s so easy to take with me and all the free books I can read on it are very tempting too. Owning an e-reader has really motivated me to read more and I’m very grateful for that!
I don’t think an e-reader can ever replace the love I have for paper books, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love reading on my kindle. As long as I can enjoy the stories that are out there, I’m happy. I will keep buying the books I enjoy most as paper versions, especially those with a cute cover, but I will definitely keep devouring texts on my kindle too.
What are your opinions on ebooks?
Do you prefer paper books or do you like reading on your kindle too?