Here are my five reasons why:
- "Screenitis". I suppose I think of “work” when I read something on a screen. The company I work for during the day is paperless, so I spend nearly the entire time I'm there in front of a screen. My moonlit job of editing is also done strictly online as I no longer edit on paper like I did in the golden era of pre-computers. Add to that, emails, social media, writing blog posts, and taking care of my finances online, it's hard to judge how many hours I end up spending in front of my computer.
- eBooks don’t speak to me. My printed paperbacks or hardcovers call to me. They sit neatly on a coffee table and when I relax on the couch after a long day, the vibrant covers lure me into entering their world. Although I don’t always listen to their call…those covers attract me in a way that no electronic device seems to.
- Lack of connection. Speaking of the cover…there’s something about a print book that's alive, especially if there’s a drawing of any of the characters. I will often refer back to the cover image while reading which helps me feel connected to the characters.
- I can’t see how I’m progressing. Currently, I’ve only read on the Kindle platform, so I’m unaware if other ebooks are lacking this…but I never know what page I’m on. This is probably due to the ability to change text sizes, which appears to alter the amount of words on the screen. There is a status bar along the bottom letting me know the percentage of the book read, but there’s something about seeing where my bookmark is and judging how many pages I’ve completed compared to how many I still need to go that inspires me to keep reading, especially as I’m nearing the end of a long book.
- I keep forgetting they’re there. This is probably my biggest issue. If you use the free ebook app on your computer, iphone, or ipad – it’s really easy to forget to read your books. Out of sight out of mind. Of course, this may be easily rectified once I buy an ebook device.
(BTW, writing this blog post has helped remind me to get back into the latest ebook I’ve been reading. Wish me luck.)
Do you prefer ebooks to print? If so, why? If you also prefer print and you have additional reasons to add to my list, please share.