It's getting harder and harder to carve out time for reading and writing lately. My newest excuse is not exactly "My cat ate my homework," but it's close. Let's just say it involves a book, my 17 year-old house-cat, and a hairball. In the aftermath of that unfortunate event, I decided I just wasn't that interested in that book and decided to make a trip to the library for another one.
I have a number of friends who have electronic reading devices. They enjoy taking these moments to remind me that if I had an e-reader, I could just pick a book from the comfort of my own home. Some of these readers allow you to download sample chapters from the books for free before deciding whether or not you want to spend your hard-earned money on a book. This kind of reminds me of a made-for-TV movie scenario, where the drug-dealer gives someone their first hit free, and by the middle of the show, the addict is stealing to support their expensive new addiction.
I'm mistrustful of any expensive electronic device that's going to continue to cost me money to use. I've been told that there are over three hundred public domain books available for these e-readers. I already have access to free books...at the library. And then the library gets to store them for me when I'm done. Bonus! Also, many of those public domain books can be downloaded on any computer. Through glorious google, I've found many options like this. On amazon.com, you can download the Kindle ap and Kindle edition of a book on any computer, even if you don't have a Kindle. Of course, a laptop is decidedly bulkier than an e-reader. Mostly, I just think I would miss the feel of a book in my hands.
So, those are my fuddy-duddy prejudices against e-readers, but I'm willing to listen to reason. Anyone with an e-reader care to weigh in? I would love to hear what kind of e-reader you have. How easy is it to use? Do you enjoy reading with it as much as the old-fashioned paper books? Is it hairball resistant? Did you have to get a second job to support your new habit? Kidding here. Well, kind of.