They really do. It was all fun and games until the fear and anxiety set in. Let me tell you why.
Today I thought I’d do a discussion post about something that I’ve been contemplating and ruminating on since I saw my (unofficial) library. You see, I’m a big fan of e-books. When you live in a, well, it’s not tiny, but a not-so-big apartment with limited space, you start to learn to conserve space and try to not buy SO MANY BOOKS. This is where e-books come in. When I first discovered e-books, I thought it was the best thing since the invention of cheesecake! Of course, cheesecake is still the best, but we’re talking about books right now. But could there be something more sinister to e-books than we first thought?
I’m sure that the pros and cons of e-books have been discussed over and over and over by so many different bloggers, and even non-bloggers. That’s not what I want to talk about today, but I’m going to mention the pros and cons briefly before getting to my point/topic/whatever.
- Easy access to all the books!
You don’t have to go back and forth to the library/bookstore/your own bookshelf because all the books are IN YOUR HANDS! Just scroll and click on whichever book you feel like reading!
- You can take them anywhere!
You want to read on the bus? While waiting for class to start? At a traffic light? Don’t worry, your e-reader/phone’s got your back!
- Adjustable font size/brightness, highlighting, and other features
If you don’t want to highlight your books because your book is sacred and nothing is allowed to leave a mark, e-book’s got you covered. You can highlight to your heart’s content 😀
- It’s not real?
Where’s the book smell? Where is the sound books make when you flip the pages? You don’t get any of that with e-books… 😦
- Battery life and eye damage!
I have no idea if looking at screens for too long actually damages the eye, if it does, then why do we have VR goggles?? Someone explain this to me! But, I do notice that my eyes get very tired after staring at screens for a long time. Also, the risk of your device running out of battery and dying when you’re reading a really great scene is too high!
It’s so easy to pirate e-books! And that’s awful!
Okay! I’m sure that there are more points we can add to the pros and cons of e-books, but that’s all I’m going to talk about today.
So my question is, without thinking of the pros and cons, do you think that e-books make you a spend more? For me, the answer is definitely yes.
I used to work part-time in high school and the first couple of semesters of university, and because I still get money from my parents, whatever I make from my part-time jobs, I spent on books. Of course, I still buy other things that I didn’t want to ask my parents to buy for me, like my camera and my phone, but other than that, I bought a LOT of books. And so many of the books that I bought were e-books because of reasons like the paperback wasn’t available in the nearest bookstore, or I just had to have them and waiting for shipping would have definitely killed me, or things like that.
And the thing about buying e-books, at least for me, is that I buy a lot of books without even realizing it. Think about it, when we click “add to cart”, we don’t feel the weight of the books in our hands, they’re just images and texts on a screen that keeps on adding to the grand total. What’s more, e-books prices are pretty much similar to their paperback counterparts! I was just browsing online and I saw that the paperback of A Court of Mist and Fury on Book Depository is $11.64 while the e-book is $11.89!
I guess it is still the same book, but with the paperback, you can actually hold it, smell it, flip the pages and even throw it a the wall if you hate it (I don’t do that! I’m just saying that you can), but you can’t do that with e-books! Would you want to throw your e-reader/phone/tablet at the wall? I didn’t think so. But the fact is, I didn’t really care when I bought all those e-books.
Usually, when I’m in a bookstore and I grab many books, I’d sort through them before paying. I really think about which books I want to buy that day and which ones I could do without, because to me, paying for all those books seem more real when I actually hand over cash/card to the cashier. With e-books, all I think about is ‘I want this one, and this one, and that one, and that one, and this bundle right here, and let’s check out!’. Maybe I’m the only one who’s like that, but that seems unlikely considering there are more than 7 billion other people out there.
And of course, there’s always a sale going on where e-books are concerned. I’m not even kidding. Just go to any e-book store and check it out. There’s always something like 10% or some other percent discount for certain books. Not to mention the sea of inexpensive self-published books that look too good to pass up! Oh! And don’t forget the ones that say “0.99 for today only” or something like that. What bookstore could say “Paperback X by Author Y FREE for today”? None of them!
I’ve noticed that a lot of classic books in some e-book stores are free. Amazon Kindle has plenty of free titles like A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and The Mysterious Island. I believe there used to be more on various online stores, but I can’t remember any at the moment. But see! Free books! That might just be the motivation you need to scratch those classics off your TBR! Or you can just add them all to your cart and never read them like I did… And it’s not just classic books, there’s also Sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and other genres with free books available on Kindle.
I have bought SO MANY e-books over the past few years. I remember buying a lot of e-books when dystopian books was a thing and I still haven’t read so many of them. Back then, all I knew was that whatever money I earned would be spent on books before anything else, and when I discovered Kobo™ and other e-book stores, I went crazy! I really, really think that now I have more books than I could read! Especially since I keep buying more books. I’ve already stopped buying e-books (at least for now), but I am still buying paperbacks and hardcovers…
So yeah. E-books make me afraid. I’m afraid because the existence of e-books has made me a terrible spender and I’m afraid because I have so many books piling up and not enough time to read all of them 😦
Okay! What do you think of e-books? Do you read and buy them often? Tell me I’m not alone!! 😀