When e-readers first came out, I was heavily against having one. I love reading and often read two books a week (I know, you can tell I don’t have children when I have time to read). Christmas was coming up and my boyfriend asked would I like one because I kill forests with my reading habits and I growled at him, flipped my hair and whined about the feel of books in my hand, the smell of a book, how you can’t cuddle up with an electronic – how wrong I was. Fast forward to last summer and Chapters had a sale on the Kobo Arc, I didn’t so much want an e-reader but a simple tablet for working on the go. I wanted a Nexus7 but had a Chapters gift card so that will do right?
So I charged it up and the first thing that pops up on the screen is an offer for 70% off an e-book. Sure I love the feel of a book in my hand, but I am a frugalista and it is 70% off and included a set of books I wanted as one purchase. If I bought them in store it would cost me over $100, I got them for $35 and used ebates so got money back – can’t beat that. So now I had eight books to read, it would keep me busy for a while. I thought I would read slower on my Kobo because I was reading on a screen but soon I was reading them as fast as a normal book – and no more bulky books in my purse!
Now, I can’t live without it, I use it for games, reading, work even this blog! I have my social media accounts and Candy Crush (I could do without that addiction) and google remembers what I search for and gives me updates on those topics. I have also saved money using it, I can borrow library books which I never did because I don’t want to keep going back to drop them off, instead of buying the hardbacks from my favourite authors the day they release new books, I get an e-copy which is much cheaper and I installed the Kindle app so I can take advantage of the many free books offered for Kindle too.
Now when I have a book in my hands it feels so bulky, so wrong. I mean, I have to actually turn the page because just tapping the side of the page doesn’t work! So I guess my Kobo has ended my lifelong love of the feel of books but increased my love of books, I have access to so many books I can’t get locally without special order. I have reread some of my childhood favourites which I would likely not have paid to read again. Plus I really can curl up with an e-reader, I can even have it read to me!
My dearest Kobo, I can’t imagine life without you. Books, I still love you but those forests will live another day now.