My top reasons for choosing to read books in digital formats rather than the traditional print alternatives are as follow, in no particular order:
- Lack of more physical space
- Creative Commons, Public Domain and indie (independent) titles I could only get for free or at much lower prices if obtained as eBooks; some I just couldn’t find locally (no book store chains in Puerto Rico right now, since Borders closed). Check out Web sites such as Manybooks.net, Project Gutenberg, and Mobileread.com
- Many books and other types of publications that I wanted which only exist in digital formats; I can bundle Web comics as comic book archives or as epubs (Calibre!) and take them with me; I can create eBooks of Wikipedia articles for research or whatever other reasons, and keep reading while I am away from the computer; and so on…
- The ability to carry as many books and comics as I please with me at any time. I love to carry books and notebooks with me everywhere; my favorite companions!
- Ecological awareness (I really do care about this matter, and I believe we all should). We ought to take this seriously, because it is a problem that concerns us all.
I encourage you to try eReading yourself, if you haven’t already. And for any possible prejudices you may have about eReading, you should notice that now there is a bazillion alternatives. You can read from almost any modern gadget; from phones to tablets, specialized readers, and of course, personal computers. It’s up to you; now, if you want the experience to feel as close to the traditional as possible, go with an eReader. I currently own a Nook Simple Touch eReader, no glowlight, but I have a lamp to accompany me at night, and soon a booklight as well. I really enjoy the feel of the e-ink display.
Mirrored from Arwym's Domain.