Last month, I was super lucky and got to spend a week with my family in Costa Rica. Being who I am, of course I packed a book in my carry on. And it was no small book either – Serpent & Dove sits around 500 pages. Considering I would be going hiking, on boat trips and overall just exploring the country, it seemed likely that I would be ok with just that book. Not that I had any more space in my bag to bring another one with me.
So to the airport I went, with my one big book. But as it turned out, it was amazing and I couldn’t stop reading. I was done with it in 3 days and had nothing else to read in the meantime. If you’ve been here a while, then you know one of my yearly resolutions was to read every single day. So what could I do? Luckily for me, I always pack my ereader whenever I travel.
This is what that gigantic introduction was for: EBOOKS/EREADERS ARE AMAZING! AND THEY DON’T GET ENOUGH RECOGNITION FOR IT!
I feel like nowadays, everyone’s talking about audiobooks and with good reason. They really are convenient and all, but I’d like to take a moment to praise ereaders as well:
- They are super portable! And by that I mean that they are tiny and won’t take much space at all, and won’t weigh your bag down either.
- All the memory! You can keep hundreds, if not thousands of books inside your e-reader. Some models (like mine) even have slots for expanding their memory capacity.
- Never-dying battery! Of course, it depends on the model, but usually ereaders batteries tend to last a very long time. I mean, I barely even charge mine once a month. It’s crazy.
- No eye-damaging light! Again, this also depends on the model, but if you have a device made specifically for reading, then it won’t have blue light and you can read all night long without feeling guilty about it.
- More affordable books! Most times, buying an ebook is cheaper than buying a physical copy. It also means no waiting/delivery time because you can just download it immediately.
- They are super cute! I really like how most ereaders look, all tiny and monochromatic, with few-to-no buttons. You can also personalize your model, getting it a cute case or even putting some stickers on it.
Despite having an iPad, when it comes to reading I still prefer my ereader. The most popular model is by far Amazon’s kindle, but I’ve had a Barnes & Noble’s nook for years and I still love it to pieces. It’s never let me down, despite accompanying me in multiple adventures. In fact, it’s so nice and I rave so much about it, that I got my sister and a friend to buy one for themselves as well.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing in the world like holding a physical copy of a beloved book in your hands, or even listening to someone reading a story for you while you commute, but I still think ereaders are super convenient and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Do you have a prefered format for reading? Which one do you like best: physical copies, ebooks or audiobooks?
Until next time,