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Nose in My Kobo

I cursed the arrival of the E-Reader! If I could I would have sputtered and spat on it! How dare technology take away my paper back novel to save a few trees. I love the smell of a new book, or a dusty book! The texture of the paper, the ability to pencil my thoughts next to authors very own words, and admire my own little collection of books that invade our basement wall.

I’m sure if a minimalist designer would scoff at the eclectic arrangement of my living space. Books in baskets, covering the coffee tables, beside my bed stand. It is these books that allow for me to pick them up and escape whenever I need a break from my real life. It’s an escape where I can muse over the story line, get swept away with a character, or throw it across the room when I am uncomfortable with the story line. It is all of these reasons that I love a good paper back novel.

That was until this Mother’s Day I was given the gift of a Kobo! I never thought I could love such a sleek and modern device. I now have books 24 hours a day! I don’t have to wait to go to the library or the book store. I can access it all at the tip of my computer.

It with this new-found love that I  have made some adjustments to the way I read…

I can no longer take to relax soaking and reading  in the tub,  or throw it across the floor. I must now treat my e-reader like the princess it was meant to be…

She graces me with her royal presence, her sleek build and has me on my toes with the constant fear of losing her or letting her battery wear dim…

It wasn’t until I realized on my camping how dependant I was of my Kobo. I did not pack one paper back novel. I forgot! Afterall, it was all on my e-reader. A lesson I will never forget, the unforgiving wilderness, living off the land, and I forget to shut off my bloody e-reader.

It was if my paperbacks were teaching me a lesson. A very important lesson in the art of books and reading! As Blog as my witness I will never be so enchanted with my e-reader again!

Which do you prefer your e-reader or a good paperback novel? How has the e-reader shaped  the way you read your novels?

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32 replies

  1. I have a Kindle, which I’ve not yet used to any great extent. The main reason is my reading has dropped precipitously since arrival home, from two or three books a week down to one every two months – I’ve got too much writing and interacting to do, and its tossed my balance off. It will even out, as it did when I lost my ability to read nine years ago (that took three years to set right.)

    eReaders, books, its all good.

    1. It is all good! Ahhh! The comforts of having a good book at your finger tip anytime 🙂 How do you find a balance between reading and writing? There never seems to be enough time in the world for both…

      1. The third thing in the room is right here…reading other things and interacting, plus for me, pursuing PP and potential schooling. Between reading and writing, writing comes first for me, creating is essential. My reading will ratchet up again, not to previous levels, but I’d be happy with a book a week.

      2. I am envisioning a very busy fall for you! I know I sound like a broken record but I do love reading all of the different posts, and perspectives. It’s a tribe of many and I wish I had discovered it sooner 🙂

  2. I love my Kobo. Love it. I was a hardcore trade paperback enthusiast, until just this last spring when the book I wanted wasn’t available anywhere and I just couldn’t wait through the lengthy list of holds at the library. I sent my husband out at 10 minutes to closing to get my Kobo (yes, he’s that awesome), and it was love at first sight. It’s so light! It enables me to carry hundreds of books in my shoulder bag! Does it get better?!?!
    And? When I realized on the last page, at 2am no less, that The Hunger Games was a trilogy? Kobo saved me waiting until the stores opened to read Catching Fire. Seriously, best invention ever. (Though it is hard not to throw it when the battery runs out.) And I do use it while soaking in the tub – I’m just careful not to drop it in the water!

    1. You are much more coordinated then me! I once broke my noise reaching for a book in the tube. And I wouldn’t dare place my Kobo in danger…It is amazing to have instant access at your finger tips!

  3. There’s a definite place for both. One doesn’t really replace the other for all things loved for each one! The only convenience I can’t substitute in my life, is the internet! No blogs? No way! I am never bored. Between my ranch chores, the internet, instant books, books gifted by family, painting, writing, photography, and quilting – there’s not enough hours in the day!

    1. I wish there was more hours in the day to do everything we need to accomplish! I would love to learn to quilt – it would be wonderful to have such a craft that you can pass on to family and cherish with a hot cup of cocoa on a cold day.

  4. I don’t have an e reader so it’s still old fashioned books for me. I find them comforting, and spying a book I’ve really enjoyed on the shelf always brings back a pleasant senation which I would struggle to forego

  5. I like my Kindle and my books. Our library sells off their hard cover books every so often for $2 a piece and I snap them up, but when I want to buy something new it goes on my Kindle. I also find I read more when I use the Kindle.

  6. I have not yet succumbed to the lure of the e-reader. In fact, I lowered myself to joining doubleday book club to get cheap books. Cheap they are–the pages are like onion skins and are *barely* held into the binding with what appears to be disappearing glue. *sigh*
    The e-reader is looking better and better…

  7. Can’t afford an E-reader, still doing the library thing. I have a co-worker who loves to read the same stuff I do, we trade books back and forth, supplying each other.
    I will always relish the…the greed with which I open a new book and start in on that first chapter!

  8. I love my kindle… I don’t miss “regular” books one bit – especially when I travel. I no longer have to worry about being bookless if I read too fast or don’t like my picks…

    1. It is really great! I haven’t had mine to the beach but have the impending fear of getting sand trapped in it! Have you had any issues with that? Or should I be safe for my next imaginary beach vacation? Dreaming ahead…

      1. Nope, never had any issues (and I have dropped mine in the sand). I try to keep it in a case if I am not reading… but…. I am a klutz…. I think you need a beach trip to try it out 🙂

  9. The smell, the feel, the look, the rustling of pages – sigh, I love my Kindle iPad app! Our house is full of books shelves that overflow with novels, textbooks, hard core science books long out of date. But to be able to travel with over 1,000 books on my iPad and buy more after I find something in an airport bookstore – priceless.

    1. A Kobo is a Canadian Version that you purchase through Chapters book store. You would love a kindle! It’s light weight and can read the books you purchase online in digital format. It is also very library friendly…I think you would love it!

  10. I’m a bi-reader. I have too many wonderful memories of turning the pages to completely let go of real books, but I’ve bought lots of digital reads from B&N. Shopping for books has changed and now when I shop at the bargain aisle, I go for coffee table books on sale. Looking at wonderful pictures just isn’t the same on an ereader.

  11. I used to feel exactly the same about books until I was given the kindle as a gift! It does not get better than being able to carry around hundreds of books at one time! Having said that, their are certain books I refuse to read on the kindle because they are sacred oldies that will not be kicked off their cherished peddle stool. For example I love Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and to read that on the kindle would just be odd. It is an old favourite of mine and part of the experience is turning the pages.

    1. I tried reading Jane Eyre on my Kobo and it didn’t feel right…I felt like I was giving a great book a disservice by reading it through a screen. Some books are meant to be cherished as books 🙂

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