A little over six months ago I mentioned to y'all that I was the new owner of a fancy dancy e-reader. By the end of last year I had read four and a half books but all of these were free classics or borrowed—I was still driving all over town looking for books and if I couldn't find them in the store I ordered the paper copies online. Considering some of the longer titles I've been reading lately, this seems silly doesn't it? Who wants to carry around a 1,000 page hardback copy of The Stand in her purse?
The breaking point came on Christmas Day when I opened up my only bookish gift—the most gigantic paperback copy of a book ever: 11/22/63. Yes I asked for it but no I had no idea it was going to be so freaking big! My mom was reading the book on her iPad and my sister emailed me to tell me she got the Kindle version for $3.99. I was immediately jealous of their light copies and continued to look menacingly at my own brick of a book. I wrestled and wrestled with the decision and finally broke down and bought the Kindle version. After reading Bleak House I just didn't think I could wrangle another 800+ page tome, especially when trying to read in bed.
And boy was it glorious to read this book in electronic version. It weighed nothing in my purse. I could read it in any position in bed or on the couch. I could sit it down while I was eating and not worry about the pages fanning. I could easily hold it up and flip the pages with one finger while I was working on out on the recumbent bike. Never for a second did I regret not reading that almost 900 page beast.
So--while I don't really like making resolutions (because everyone breaks them by February anyway), I am going to go publicly announce that I am going to resolve to do more e-reading in 2013. Of course if I have the book on my shelf then I'll go that way (yes, already planning on reading the chunksters Vanity Fair and Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), but if I read a book that I don't already have on my shelf, I'm going to opt for the electronic version. Luckily my library has an increasingly large selection of e-books as well!
And while there are probably still some books that I'll rather purchase to keep on my shelf--there's always an exception to every resolution--I'm going to put that Kindle of mine to good use this year!
Do you have an e-reader? Do you forget about it like I do mine or do you read from it rather religiously? Are there some books that you still prefer to have in paper?
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!