I've long poo-poo'd the idea of using an e-reader. You see, I love books: the way the feel, the smell, the weight, the turning of each and every page. Very old fashioned, that's me! And don't get me started on how bookstores get my heartbeat racing! The idea of adding another electronic device to the ever growing army of computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc has always made me cringe. Heck, I don't even have a cell phone! And yet, I'm seriously considering getting myself an e-reader. 'Tis true.
One of my biggest concerns was my eyesight. Like almost everyone else in my family, I wear glasses. All the time. I need them to read, write, use my computer, drive, and watch TV. Staring at a mini computer screen to read a book makes me worry that my eyesight will deteriorate more rapidly than it will already. However, the more I talk with friends, family and coworkers who use e-readers, the less concerned I am. They all claim its the same as reading a book and they've had no problems with their eyesight. I guess I can scratch that off of my list.
|Kindle Touch (source)|
I'm becoming more appreciative that the reader would be lighter and thinner than even a paperback book. Rather than carrying my book to and from work each day, I leave it in my office to avoid stuffing it into my bag and adding to the already heavy weight I pack each day. I know, paperbacks don't weigh that much but it adds up. Also, the ability to switch between numerous books, depending on my mood, is very appealing.
So, now that I've pretty much made up my mind, which one do I get??? I'd asked this question previously on Facebook but try as I may, I can't find the conversation in the stupid "Timeline" that FB now uses. I apologize to my readers who are also friends on FB and are reading this ... again! It boils down to either a Kindle or a Kobo (the touch version of both) and, to be honest, I've almost settled on the Kobo. A couple of coworkers and my stepmother have one version of the Kobo or another and they have nothing but positive things to say about them. I could have sat for an hour questioning my one coworker about her reader! She has an older, non-touch version of the Kobo and even that wasn't bad; however, whichever reader I get, it MUST be a touch version.
|The Kobo Touch (source)|
So, dear readers, what are your thoughts? To e-read or not to e-read. Do you have a preference for one brand of reader over another? Pros/cons. Hints, suggestions, cheats? Best place for free books? Any info would be appreciated.