Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, with a series of questions to kick-start discussions about reading habits. Anyone can join in. Just choose a question and leave a link to your post here.
“They’ll never catch on, I tell you. Nothing will supersede the glorious paperback. ” When e-readers were first introduced you could have mistaken me for an elderly lady fighting the introduction of computers. There’s just something about picking up a book and flicking through the pages and smelling that smell. Old or new – I didn’t care. I refused to give up that smell.
But then last month something terrible happened – Mum bought me a Mini Kobo for my birthday. I was a little resistant at first, but my family has an impressive collection of e-books so I thought I’d pick one up and give it a try. It turns out I was right – e-readers won’t supersede the paperback, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a place for one in my life.
I can spend up to 90 minutes per day commuting on the bus and I always read a book. It’s hard enough to carry my latest 600 page novel around but when I only have 30 pages left, I’ve always carted around the next book as well. For some reason reading the news on my phone just doesn’t work for me. So instead I risked permanent injury in order to have the next book immediately at my fingertips. I’ll never forget the day I was nearly crushed under the fifth and sixth Harry Potter novels.
But the Mini Kobo has saved me from this hassle. I can load it up with as many books as I want – without adding extra weight! Plus it’s light enough that it saves me from serious injury when I drop it on my face late at night (You don’t know pain until you’ve dropped that fifth Harry Potter hardback on your nose). I still love a good paperback, and you won’t stop me filling up my bookshelves with them, but there’s also a place in my heart for that little red Kobo.
Paper books vs e-books – Where do you stand? What permanent injuries have you sustained from your reading habits?