Wednesday, March 7, 2012

E-reader or printed words?

I've had a lot of mess to sort out recently and I needed to distract myself so I thought I'd occupy myself with some challenging (think Ulysses) stuff to read.

Here's the problem: I no longer have access to a library and I can't afford to keep buying new books and/or a new shelf to put them in. I also have a father who absolutely loathes the sight of books and anything lying around anywhere.

I've relied on free e-books before, but only for picking out passages and such. I can read them like I read normal books since I get distracted extremely easily and it's only a matter of seconds until I open a new tab and forget about what I was reading completely.

So...I've been thinking about getting a Kindle or something of that sort. Although it lacks the romanticism and the feel of printed books that I love ever so much, I think it might be a more practical choice here. I can even claim that it's for an academic purpose and get my parents to subsidise. I don't know.

What do you think? I've never seen one of these irl before, does any of you own one?


  1. Personally, I love to read both ways. Having a big library is my dream, but when I travel I like to take with me my Kindle Fire, because I have hundreds of eBooks on it, downloaded from All you can books. However, I won't replace the books for a device... it's not the same feeling holding an eReader in my hands.

  2. I used to frequent used book stores all the time. I love having a physical book to read. At the same time I have a kindle. It's really convenient for travel and the fact that it can store so much. But I still prefer the feel of holding a real book. And check out for a ton of free older books, including a lot of the classics.

  3. I can't read read them either. I prefer paper books.