In a couple of weeks I’m getting away from the mist and rain in Edinburgh (hopefully) and going on a wee holiday. In preparation I’ll be downloading some new ebooks for my e-reader because a holiday for me is as much about catching up on my reading as exploring new places and chilling (in the sun, fingers crossed!). I got the e-reader (AKA my Kindle) as a present and never imagined I’d use it. But from the moment I downloaded my first ebook I was hooked: it’s easy to read from, light, handy and the best bit, I can keep literally hundreds, if not thousands, of books on it, which is especially convenient when going on holidays! That said, I still like physical books. Maybe because I can’t resist buying them if I’m in a bookshop (which is quite often). I also like the feel of the paper in my fingers, daft as that may sound – and it’s easier to lend a physical book than an e-book. It had never occurred to me, however, that anyone would think one reading method was superior to the other, until I read an article in the Guardian. In it the author Jonathan Franzen is quoted as saying that ebooks will have a detrimental effect on the world (no less!) and “serious readers” will always prefer print editions of books. What a statement!
I read a wide range of different books, including genre and literary fiction, but I don’t necessarily prefer reading print editions. Does that make me any less of a serious reader? I don’t think so. Am I wrong? Have I misunderstood what Mr Franzen means by “serious readers”? Do you have a Kindle or e-reader? Do you like using it? If so, do you consider yourself a lightweight when it comes to reading? If you don’t have an e-reader, will you get one? If not, why not? It’d be great to hear from you. And to thank you for dropping by, your name will go in a hat and at the end of the month one lucky person will win either a paperback or an ebook copy of The Blue Suitcase, whichever you prefer!