Ebooks: I know, I know—electronic books can never provide the same tactile satisfaction of holding an actual book in your hands.
A ebooks’ pages don’t crinkle (unless you have an app for it). You can’t savor weight and slick cover of a trade paperback, or appreciate the ruffled look of rough cut binding. Worst of all, you can’t (usually) loan them to your friends. But even this die-hard book lover is finding that e-books have certain advantages.
Are e-books winning you over? Here are ten signs that you might be adjusting to reading on a screen:
- When you read an unfamiliar word in a hard copy book, you try tapping the page to look up its definition.
- When you pick up another copy of the book you’re reading, you expect it to sync to furthest page read.
- You try to buy a book online, and are frustrated that you have to wait days—DAYS!—before reading it because (gasp!) no Kindle or Nook versions are available.
- You turn out the light while reading in bed, expecting the screen to brighten automatically.
- You put your magazine away when the flight attendant announces that “electrical devices are prohibited until the plane reaches cruising altitude.”
- You’re extraordinarily excited to learn there’s an app that allows authors to digitally “sign” electronic copies of their books.
- You stop packing an extra suitcase for your reading material, because you can load it all onto your phone/kindle/computer
- When you travel, you preferentially choose e-books BECAUSE you can load them onto your phone/Kindle/computer.
- If you travel outside your 3G network, you panic: how will you sync your Kindle library? What if you finish your book? The horror!
- You still adore used bookstores—but recognize that they have an unfortunate drawback: they only carry analog book editions.
What about you? Are you a convert to ebooks? Please share your thoughts in the comments!