And other ereaders, of course.
Back in high school, I had gotten this little Franklin ebookman reader. It was clunky, had to dock to transfer files to it, and ran off AA batteries. It also lost all the files and the operating system every time those batteries died. Given as they only lasted a few hours at best, I quickly invested in rechargeables. It held all of maybe 20 books at a time. It was the first Ebook reader I got, and it was horrible.
I loved it. No longer stuck debating between finishing the book I was almost done with, vs bringing one I hadn’t started, for fear of running out of things to read. Only problem was, I ended up having to reinstall everything so often, I eventually gave up on it in frustration. The tech wasn’t there yet.
Fast forward to 2010. I packed a whole suitcase full of books on a trip to Hawaii for a family member’s wedding. E’s mom looked at our luggage when we got to the hotel, and asked if we were moving in. I laughed, reassured her that one of the suitcases was for books. Needless to say, that year for winter holidays, we got kindles.
I was a bit skeptical at first, given the ebookman. Granted, it had been most of a decade, so the tech had to improve, right? Luckily, it had. When we were getting ready to move, I looked at the physical books on our shelves, and winnowed so many of them out. I simply wasn’t reading in physical formats anymore, except for cookbooks and certain reference books. E’s the opposite. While she loves her kindle, she wants physical copies too. Mostly, I think, so the authors can autograph them. I get that, but I’m far more selective about what authors I’d want autographs from anyway. I just love the convenience of ebooks. I like being able to sit there, in my PJs, and grab the next book to read, without even having to get up, much less drive to the nearest book store.
What about you. Have you converted to ebooks yet? Or are they going to have to pry your physical copies from your cold, dead hands?