Man, this is a great topic for Top Ten Tuesday. There were so many things I could have chosen, and it wasn’t easy to decide which to choose. There are multiple reasons I love the romance genre, there are specific authors I thought of highlighting, and what about libraries? I really love libraries. (Which actually is a bit funny considering what I ultimately decided to highlight today.)
Through the years, I’ve realized there is often a divide among avid readers and their opinions on eReaders. When my husband gifted me my first eReader (a Sony PRS-505) in 2007 I wasn’t sure which side of the aisle I’d fall on; I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of books? But here I am, 13 years later, a die-hard fan of the eReader. Here’s why…
- I can easily take hundreds of books with me wherever I go. Seriously, I currently have over 600 books on my current eReader. (Kindle Paperwhite 10th Generation)
- I can read in bed without a clunky book light. Even back in the day, they had add-ons for the Sony eReader and my husband got me the lighted cover. (I want to say it is because he knows me so well, but I think he was tired of all the years of a light on while he was trying to sleep.)
- Privacy. I’m not always reading kid appropriate books and they don’t always have the most appropriate covers. So if I’m out in public, at a family gathering with children about, etcetera, I have some privacy.
- It’s so much easier to keep track of what page you’re on with an eReader…for the most part. To be honest, if you do somehow lose your spot it is much harder to find your spot again. But that rarely happens. You have to have the perfect storm of the wrong buttons being pushed at the wrong time. I won’t lie, it has happened to me. But not often.
- Dictionary! I love learning new words. And because of my lifelong love or reading and the volume of books I read I’m usually pretty accurate when I use context clues to figure out words I’m not familiar with. Yet I still want to know the exact definition of those words that are more obscure. So easy with an eReader!
- By that same token, depending on the type of eReader and the model of said eReader, you can often look up translations for words in a different language, get more in depth knowledge of places and historical events, pull of pictures of things being described in the text, and so much more. When I used a Kindle Fire (I cannot remember which iteration it was, but this was many years ago. It was the eReader I used after my Sony) as my primary eReader I would look up what certain flowers or plants looked like if the description the author gave caught my fancy.
- My eyes thank me. Over the last couple of years I went from someone who doesn’t need glasses at all to needing reading glasses. This can be a pain when trying to read in bed. But with an eReader you can not only change the font size, but the type of font. Win! (Please excuse my terrible picture taking skills on the next pic. I promise, my Kindle is not blurry.)
- Notes and highlights are easily added to a text with an eReader. While I’m sure this comes in handy for those who are reading for school and studying, I use it for me reading all the time. Especially with books I know I’ll be reviewing. It’s easy to make a note to refer back to when writing my review later. Or highlight favorite passages with the press of a finger.
- I read a lot of series, and sometimes I have to wait over a year to read the next book in a series. Or I’ve just read so many other books between the books in a series that I need a nudge to the old memory bank. What I’ll often do is highlight a character’s name and “search device” and all the books on my device with that name in the text will pop up! So useful when I need a memory jog.
- The covers! No, no the actual book covers. The eReader covers. I swear, it took me as long to pick my current Paperwhite cover as it did for me to decide if I wanted another Paperwhite or something different the last time I bought an eReader. The beauty of it is that I can switch it out if I want to change it up. I’m quite the creature of habit so I doubt that I’ll do that unless this one gets too worn, but it’s still an option.