By in Books

Why I like E-Books even though I swore I never would

Years ago I wrote a blog about how I preferred regular books over e-books. It included facts like an actual book is easier to hold (and bring in the bathtub without too much worry). Yet now it is 2015 and I pretty much only read E-Books. Yep I've learned not only to like them, but to love them! Here are some reasons E-Books are great...

  1. Freebies galore - this is the best reason. I signed up for BookBub which emails me daily about free / discounted books. I have since downloaded 100s of free books and read a lot of them... I have enough saved up to read all day if I wanted!
  2. Cheap books - even if they aren't free, E-Books are always cheaper than real books. A real hard cover book that I used to buy would be anywhere from $15-30. The same books as e-books can be anywhere from Free-$10, with 10 being for the best / most popular books
  3. More variety - because of the free and cheap books, I end up reading a LOT more variety. Before I used to have a few favorite authors and that was all I ever read. Now I have so much variety on my phone that I don't even care who wrote it as long as it's good.
  4. Can read it anywhere - yes you can also bring a book anywhere, but I am more likely to have my phone with me all the time. Or I can read it on the PC, or on my iPad, or anything that has a Kindle App.
  5. There's always a light on - The biggest trouble with books is that they are hard to read in bad lighting, or in bed. With an e-book the light comes from the phone itself so the light is always on and bright enough to read.
  6. It remembers where I left off - No bookmarks needed! Any device I open the book on knows exactly what page I was on.
  7. You can still get Library books! - I just learned this and saved myself even more money. Libraries have a website now that let's you borrow E-books :)

Those are plenty of good reasons, maybe you have more. I still have a lot of hardcover and softcover books in my bookshelves, but I don't plan to really buy anymore. Now that I joined a bookclub, I'm finding e-books to be the easiest way to keep up with the books I need to read AND save money.

What do you prefer? E-Books or Regular books or how about Books on Tape?

Image Credit » Kindle App Icon

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:39 AM

Wow, you must have read a lot more books since you get Kindle!

iimouto wrote on February 20, 2015, 5:41 AM

I don't have a Kindle, but I have the Kindle app installed on my phone. I'm the same as you... I much prefer actual hard copies of books, but free ebooks are great. I can save so much money on books.

snerfu wrote on February 20, 2015, 8:05 AM

Hard copies are easy to read. Mainly because if you fall asleep and the book drops out of your hand, nothing will happen.

AliCanary wrote on February 20, 2015, 5:11 PM

I have resisted e-books, as well, and I have heard that one of the reasons they are less expensive is that the authors don't get very much in royalties. However, if sales are much higher, maybe it all works out. I's certainly better than killing a lot of trees to print books that or may not even sell, and maybe because of that, it's easier for unknown writers to get a published. Actually it sounds pretty good, now that think of it!

msiduri wrote on February 21, 2015, 12:23 PM

I like both. The Kindle is easy to carry, but real books are easier on the eyes. I can read the Kindle at night without the light to Mr. Siduri sleep. What can I say? I want it all.

buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:27 PM

I have read way more books since I got the kindle app. Before I would only buy a new one a few times a year, now I download them all the time!

buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:28 PM

I have the kindle app too, not a regular kindle. Saving money has made it all worth it :)

buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:30 PM

Well nothing happens to my phone either :) It just lands on the bed. Although I generally am awake enough to set it on the table before I actually fall asleep.

buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:31 PM

There are pros and cons for sure. I have noticed some of the free books I downloaded were lower quality or badly edited. Even the ones I loved had some bad editing and obvious grammar errors. It makes me think they don't put as much time into it b/c they don't make as much. Yes it definitely saves trees though :)

buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:32 PM

That is true, my eyes do often get tired while reading an e-book faster than a regular book. Especially since my job is computers and my hobbies (like writing) bring me to a computer. I spend too much time looking at a screen... so sometimes I don't read just because I'm tired of looking at technology

BrenndaMarie wrote on February 23, 2015, 8:07 PM

I like having real books but you have made me think a little harder about getting a kindle. I have thought about it before. I love to read. It maybe a good way to have a good collection of books.

buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 8:32 PM

You don't have to get a kindle, I don't even have one :) All you need is any tablet or smart phone and you can download the kindle app. That way you can try it out for free!