By way of illustration, a couple of weeks after I received my first e-reader, there was a loud sound at the front door one morning. It was a nice big paperback by one of my very favourite authors. I had pre-ordered it some weeks earlier and forgotten all about it.
I still enjoyed reading it of course-- however, I did wish that I had had the forethought to cancel the purchase of the physical book and swap it for an e-book. It really was quite a thick tome and, after just two weeks using an e-reader, I definitely considered that it was an awkward, somewhat out-dated, way of reading. In point of fact, that pre-ordered book is probably the last physical book that I've bought for my own use. It's been e-books exclusively for many years now.
Let me also point out that I have found e-readers appear to be extremely sturdy. As mentioned earlier, I usually travel a great deal, and my reader has racked up a large amount of air miles. It's been squashed into bags to rattle and roll about with laptop computers, cable connections and general stationary-- it's also been dropped more than a few times.
I've never managed to burst, or even seriously cause harm to one though. The worst actual harm was a number of scrapes and scratches on the cover. That just serves to add a little character of course. So, while I would recommend that you take the best care of your e-reader and avoid mistreating it, it's certainly not a device which needs to be heavily protected.
To be perfectly frank, I consider the thought of battling with a hefty paperback, or even worse, a hardcover book, to be more than a little antiquated in this day and age. They are sizable, they usually need two hands to "operate" and they seem to weigh a ton (when compared with a reader at any rate). Browsing a real publication is not a prospect that appeals to me nowadays.
Aside from the occasional work of reference, nearly all of my reading is carried out via an e-reader now. When e-readers first hit the market, there were a few types of books which just weren't ideal - ones with numerous illustrations and footnotes in the main. However, enhanced, HD, touchscreen displays mean that even books of this type are perfectly fine for consumption by e-reader now.
Aside from the simple fact that these devices are intended to address different functions, just one of the critical variances between these gadgets is the type of display screen employed. Readers have e-ink technology display screens. These are awesome for showing text, a lot better than a conventional personal computer screen.
They aren't back-lit (not even the "ones with lights like the Kindle Paperwhite reader and the Glo from Kobo ), and that means that they are far more pleasing for reading. One more good point about e-ink screens is the fact that they only require power when the screen is updated. What that means is that an e-reader can easily work for extended periods, often 4 and 8 weeks, between battery charges.
Without a doubt I was slap bang in the middle of the target audience for these products. I just adored them-- and I still do. In fact, I'm prepared to admit that I may have gotten just a little bit evangelical regarding the subject.
Several of my buddies are also keen readers; we would frequently trade finished books and come up with suggestions between ourselves. I determined to give them my news about the terrific new gizmo I had come across. Unfortunately, I was actually, to put it mildly, more than a bit surprised at the degree of indifference which a lot of dedicated book aficionados seemed to feel regarding e-readers. As a matter of fact, some of my book loving chums were downright hostile when it came to e-readers.
E-books are also better for the environment. They use no ink, paper or other printing chemicals obviously, but the fact that they may be delivered by Wi-Fi, as mentioned above, is another huge bonus. The road and rail shipment of physical books is a huge factor in the make up of the carbon footprint of books. And, if you hop in your car, drive to the book shop and then drive home again with one or two books, the carbon footprint of those books will be significantly increased. A number of studies have demonstrated that e-books and e-readers are far better in environmental terms -- assuming you go through a fair quantity of books that is. The exact amount differs from one study to another, but if you read more than 30 books before you replace your reader, you can be reasonably confident that you are having less impact on the environment than you would have if you were were reading "real" books.
I always have loads of stuff to read on my e-reader. The prospects of me being without something to read, which did used to happen on occasion, are really quite low. Even so, in the unexpected event that I ran out of reading material, it really is quick and easy to download a new book.
Provided that you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can access Amazon, or any online bookstore that you like, and download a new book whenever you like. There's no requirement to wait for a bookstore to open up and no need to wait for a physical book to be dispatched to you. When you have decided on your next good read, it requires well under 60 seconds to transfer it to your reader.
Among the things that I especially like about dedicated e-readers is the e-ink display. These are much more enjoyable to read on than a back-lit computer display. Reading on using a back-lit screen seems like attempting to read when someone is shining a light in your eyes.
Reading on an e-ink display screen is as close to reading text printed on paper as it's possible to get. As a matter of fact, after you've been reading on a reader for even an hour or two, you won't be conscious of the fact that you are using a reader rather than thumbing through the pages of a book.