In favour of the e-reader
- You can get classics for free, as copyright has expired (
you can also get other books for free, if you're a horrible person)
- You can get books instantly and have loads to read with you at once - especially good for travelling, so you don't have to decide which two books are going to take up precious luggage space and weight (I hope my two ASOIAF books enjoyed their tour of China).
- You can read embarassing books in public (ahem Vampire Academy).
- They're as light or lighter than most books, and you can hold them and turn "pages" with one hand (important when I read in bed in winter, I like to stay as tucked into my blankets as possible).
- They don't run out of battery (maybe they should make solar-powered kindles, like calculators).
- They can withstand more abuse (e.g. if you're at the beach and a freak wave comes out of nowhere, as my salt-water stained copy of Persuasion can attest to) and you don't have to be precious about them (I probably wouldn't throw my Kindle into my suitcase from across the room and proceed to shove two pairs of shoes on top of it).
- You have to treat an e-reader as another valuable to keep an eye on, like your phone or camera (reminds me of when I squeezed my copy of The Book Thief into an unlockable outside compartment of my backpack, and Wai Lam quipped that if anyone stole it they would be an actual Book Thief... ha... ha...)
- As much as I hate people getting all romantic about physical books (because in the end it's about reading, not smelling the damn things), I can't help but get romantic about physical books (the way they look on my shelves, being able to lend them out to friends, passing them down through generations...)
Anyway, if you really don't care about all that, let me talk to you about The Silkworm, the second of J.K. Rowling's books she's written as Robert Galbraith. I talked about the first one, The Cuckoo's Calling, last year. In summary, it's another detective/crime novel featuring the central characters from the first book. I'd buy anything J.K. writes until the end of time, but I really do like this series. This book was a bit harder to follow than the first, but the ending is good and it'll have you wanting to re-read immediately to pick up all the clues. She said she could write more of these books than the Harry Potter ones, I'm okay with that!
What's your take on the book vs. e-reader, and/or what are you reading right now?