One of the things I like about reading books is the physical book itself: I like admiring the book cover; turning the pages; smelling the pages; clutching the book in my hands; and if I really loved it, hugging the book. When I read a book, I feel as if I can jump and hide within the pages if and when reality ever seems too distressing.
For the longest time, my sister has nagged me about e-books--how they read just the same as physical books and how I should just read one just to "see and try it out." Every time she nagged me though, I refused, not wanting to conform anytime soon.
And then, I got an iPhone.
As I excitedly searched for apps to download, I came across Amazon's Kindle app, and for some inexplicit reason, I downloaded it. Soon after I downloaded my first e-book.
My sister was right: e-books reads just like physical books. Although I wasn't able to literally turn the pages or smell the pages or anything, I was able to, nonetheless, lose myself in a story. That was what I was afraid of most, that I wouldn't be able to really get into the story.
For a while, I thought of e-books as the end of the world, for, despite being a teen of this century of intense modernization, I have this old-fashion, traditionalist side of me that doesn't want to lose the old for the new, or have the old be infringed by the new. I imagined this dichotomy between the old and the new, physical book and e-books. I wasn't ready to give up the old, comfortable thing for the new, uncompromising and intangible thing.
Now I understand that e-books, among other changes, were inevitable, and that I shouldn't shun things without trying them. The world didn't end when I picked up that e-book. Reading is still reading no matter the format of the thing being read.
Currently, I'm reading on my phone Speechless by Hannah Harrington, which I'm enjoying. I'm finding it really nice and convenient to have some books with me where ever I travel, especially since I don't have many purses or bags large enough to carry a physical book. It also opens me up to more books, since as a blogger, these days many of the review books being offered are in e-format. I still, and probably always will, prefer my paperback and hardcover books, but otherwise, I'm warming up to e-books.