Aug 29 | Hannah, Assistant Account Executive
I love to read. From biographies to science fiction to classic novels, I have spent my free time over the years reading and reading and reading. I like the feeling of being drawn into a story – walking alongside main characters and giving villains a piece of my mind. How has my pastime changed in the past few years? I bought a Nook.
At first I felt like I was betraying centuries of literary geniuses, the spines of written masterpieces crumbling under my electronic page-turner. Slowly, as I finished my first eBook, I realized reading from an electronic reader was not that different than reading a “real book.”
There has been a bit of a social argument – which is better, eBooks or paper books? Dedicated readers and literary fanatics may lean towards their tried-and-true, bound novels, but technologically savvy individuals swear by their e-readers. I’ve discovered there is beauty in both sides.
E-readers, in particular my Nook, have made reading in public, at nighttime, and while traveling much easier for me. Slim, light, and backlit, the e-reader is much less complicated than a hardcover book. Instead of purchasing physical books, which I read only once and then end up cluttering my living room, quick reads stay stored away in digital files. Many local libraries offer e-reader borrowing. The option allows you to rent a book for a set amount of time, and not have to worry about physically bringing it back to the library – no more late fees.
But, then of course, there is the timeless aesthetic appeal of a hardback novel that outweighs the slick appearance of an e-reader. I like the way the classics look on my bookshelf. There is no denying the tactile experience of reading a print book is important to many readers. I believe there is certain literature that simply must be read from a bound book.
I’ve come to the conclusion there is time, place, and reason for both e-readers and books. Both are wonderful, and both encourage reading. Everyone can benefit from picking up a good book – whether it requires turning pages or pressing next.