Friday, April 12, 2013

A bookworm gets an e-reader

Spring seems rather temperamental this year. Though the snow has melted here this last week has been very rainy and chilly, with some excellent thunderstorms, and so I've remained inside with some good books and a steaming mugs of tea.
My birthday was last week and my future parents-in-law got me an e-reader. I quickly became excited about it, even though I'm a fan of the 'ol paper copy books and I hadn't given much thought about owning an e-reader. What I'm particularly excited about is that I can "borrow" a great deal of e-books from my local library and most literary classics are available through Project Gutenberg (helllloooo JS Le Fanu, Alexandre Dumas, and Jane Austen!). It's a bookworm's dream.

There was, and still seems to be, a feeling of anxiety among many that e-readers are the undoing of the book industry. I don't know the figures, but I feel that book lovers will always keep buying paper copies of books. With libraries now lending out copies of e-books, it's yet another way they've maintained their relevance and importance within their community. 

Personally, if I read a book I love that I've come across digitally through my e-reader I'm still going to go out and buy a physical copy, because you never forget your first love and your first love is worth bringing home.


  1. I have always felt that I could never own an e-reader as I love nothing more than a good book to hold. The spine all cracked and the texture of the papers.

    But I also see that it would come in handy when on holiday and want to take 8 or so books!

    Happy belated birthday lovely one. What did you do?

    1. That's how I feel as well, so handy when you're feeling undecided about which book to take with you and very nice to have such a light little thing in your hands when reading in bed.

      It was a very quiet birthday as I was still trying to beat a nasty cold, but my future mother in law made a lovely supper and had TWO cakes :) Lovely birthday in the end. x