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Let’s Talk About: How I Discovered The Benefits of Ebooks Thanks to The Book Community

This is my first discussion post! I would happily hand over glasses of champagne and petits-fours but it is 11 in the morning, let’s stick to orange juice with bread and jam.

Once upon a time, there was an avid reader who had lost the way to the Book Country. Fortunately, she met the Internet fairies on her way to Boredom Town. The endearing fairies told the avid reader that in order to find happiness again, she should move her lazy bottom and create a blog about something she really liked. The avid reader hesitated for a while, thinking how hard it would be to link beautiful pages filled with stories to something as impersonal as a blue screen. However, the fairies reassured the avid reader, telling her a blog would open a thousands doors for her to feed her passion.

How right those fairies were.

Not only did the avid reader’s passion take a complete new level of obsession, but her narrow-minded ideas also got flushed in the toilets.

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I am not ashamed to say I was one of those people who thought eBooks meant the end of physical books. I saw them as little electronic warriors slowly marching towards our bookcases to slash hundred of pages with laser guns (the one from Star Wars). Another reason I did not trust them was that, as a glasses person and with the terrible eyesight I inherited at birth, I was sure whatever was used to read them would finish off that poor sight. I had left the world of books and reading for a few years and was coming back to a brand new era. You can understand why I was reluctant.

Right now, the usual advantages of eBooks are rushing through your mind and you might be thinking I am insane. That part is true, but it’s not the subject here. I know what you are about to tell me.

  • eBooks are handy! You can carry around a thousand books in one object. How cool is that? Nowadays, people don’t clutter their bags with 10 books. Moreover, I am pretty sure doctors would find it better for your back if you did not.
  • eBooks are cheaper! Well, most of the time. I still come across paperbacks that are less expensive, but are usually not released before another hundred months.
  • eBooks get an earlier release date! That argument is nasty. VeryΒ  nasty. Release dates for paperbacks are a nightmare.
  • eBooks make your blogger life easier! You can highlight anything you want, there is no risk of losing your page. You can spill water on your electronic device, the book won’t be ruined. Still, I advise you not to do this, as you might have trouble using the reader afterwards.
  • eBooks are the future! (over-enthusiastic e-reader). Hm, they’re actually our present, but I get the idea.
  • NetGalley! What the hell is that? (yep, at the time, I did not know)

Four months ago, I would have told you to shut it. I would never betray my physical books, going so far as to deny all the points above in all bad faith.

When I started blogging about books, I focused on the ones I already owned, and the ones from the library. It turned out I did not possess that many books and I quickly got tired of the classics the university library was nicely letting me borrow.

Until one cold day of winter, the fairies disappear and the library witch banished me from the place for one entire week. I was all alone, in the dark, with no food for my brain. What was I supposed to do?

*drum roll*

I caved in! With the encouragements of fellow bloggers, I took a look at eBooks, realized I could read them on the iPad, and took the jump.

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After a week of sharing my nights (and days) with eBooks, I was puzzled. I finally recognized the benefits of them (being stuck in a queue for an hour helped the cause). But, (because it can’t be that easy) I was still unsure whether this would work for me. My eyes were so tired that after a couple of hours I needed a break. I don’t have to remind you how harrowing being forced to put down a book is. It was torture. Still, it was less painful that when, in a middle of a sentence, the unmistakable Apple Logo appeared on the screen suddenly to tell me “Stop, I ran out of juice, thank Steve Jobs for those idiotic short batteries and cry your eyes out because it’s gonna take me forever to charge.”

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My last defense vanished when one of my most anticipated read appeared on Amazon with an amazingly close release date on Kindle and an extraordinarily far away release in paperback. I cursed, screamed the world was unfair, and slammed the MacBook shut. I went to my hubby, expecting a shoulder to cry on. He stared at me, opened his own laptop, and bought the book. This was the moment I realized I had joined the dark forces. I just could not bring myself to make the first move.

The doors to Heaven (or Ali Baba’s cavern, whatever suits your mood) opened. I managed to find books I could not get a physical copy of (yes, I am talking about you, The Cuckoo’s Calling), grab some of the newest releases I really wanted to give a try to, and consider myself a real book blogger. Then I discovered NetGalley and I was foreverΒ  lost in the E-world.

Okay, I still love dearly all the paperbacks and the few hardcovers I own. I won’t stop buying physical copies. But! I tend to check the Kindle option before the paperback one, now.

This looks more a fairy-tale than a discussion post, for this, I apologize. I only wanted to thank you bloggers for helping me understand it’s the 21st century and eBooks are not evil.

To let you know how far the changing went, I am now waiting for my Kindle Paperwhite and seriously considering getting the Kindle unlimited.

What’s your experience with eBooks? Did you adopt them right away? Have you given up on physical books? How do you split your reads between eBooks and physical copies? What do you find most interesting with eBooks? What kind of e-reader do you use? Can you think of more pros for eBooks besides the ones I talked about?
Yep, that’s an awful lot of questions but I’m nosy, you already knew that!

39 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About: How I Discovered The Benefits of Ebooks Thanks to The Book Community

  1. I LOVED the fairy tale style of your post. You still put in pros and well … not so many cons for ebooks. I was reluctant too at first. I didn’t like reading on a screen that much, but I caved and bought a kindle and it’s just like “normal” reading, except that it has integrated light, which is SO helpful! My light switch is on the other side of the room, so whenever I want to read in bed, I usually had to get up and turn that light off at some point – NO MORE! I can now just lay there and when I get sleepy, turn off my kindle, put it on my nightstand and go to sleep. So much better!

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    1. I read The Reflections of Queen Snow White today, that explains my fairy tale inspiration πŸ™‚ It made the post funnier and easier to write, as it was the first I was a little worried. I KNOW! I don’t have a lamp on my nightstand so I have to keep the ceiling light on and freeze to death when I get out of the bed to switch it off! I can’t wait to get my Kindle, but I voted to go to the hairdresser first, haha. I am such a vain book blogger! But June will come fast and I’ll have a new toy to play with!

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        1. I was really good. Not my usual reading, but I enjoyed it a lot. I’ll have a review ready for Thursday! πŸ™‚
          I was bumped because just a couple of weeks ago, Amazon France had a real nice offer, the Paperwhite was at 99€ instead of 129, and I missed it. But my time will come!

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  2. I loveeee my e-reader so I can definitely understand the love there. πŸ˜€ I definitely got used to them straight away cos physical books are just so expensive here in my country so I’ve been using solely e-reader for the past couple of years. It was only until this year that I started buying physical books again, so I’m trying (really hard) to balance between reading the e-books and physical books, but it’s kinda hard cos e-books are just handy to bring around while books just weigh me down a little bit.

    I’m using an old Nook but I really really wanted the one with the backlight. That would make reading in the dark a bit easier, but yeah, I’m still happy with what I’ve got πŸ˜€

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    1. Yay for the e-love! πŸ™‚ I am not ready to abandon physical books, though! It must have been hard to go -ebook only. My eyes won’t forgive me if I don’t get a reader with a backlight so I have to wait a little more to be able to afford it, but I am not the most patient girl in the world, haha!

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  3. Hurray for finding a new way to gorge on books! Hope you love your Paperwhite; I’ve heard lots of good things about them. πŸ™‚

    I don’t read ebooks if I can help it, personally; something about looking at a screen and pressing a button instead of turning a page has a serious negative impact on my ability to get immersed in the story. (There have been studies on how reading on a screen habituates readers to skimming/getting impatient in ways reading on paper doesn’t; it doesn’t happen to everyone, but it definitely does to me.) Even rereading my very favorite books in ebook form is a kind of awful experience.

    It’s awesome that so many people love ebooks, though! And I am definitely jealous of ebook readers’ ability to carry an entire library in their bag. πŸ™‚

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    1. I did not know about the studies but I had heard eBooks did not suit everyone. I admit I still miss the physical sensation of reading, but I got used to the differences and now I appreciate both ways πŸ™‚ And, yes let’s be honest, it’s awesome to carry your entire library with you everywhere. I remember waiting for work and having only a couple of chapters left on my books. Thanks to the reader, I was able to start another book right after.

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  4. Your writing is delightful! I’m so glad the fairies convinced you to start your blog.

    In 2013 I was into eBooks almost exclusively. I loved the idea of a Kindle and bought the best one I could find. I really enjoyed the idea of a digital library for a little under a year before I decided to resort to physical books for most of my purchases. I’d say 90% of the books I buy (I buy most of my books) are from local bookstores. I do love Amazon for everything it offers, but I will support a local bookstore over the corporate giant any day.

    I don’t particularly think there’s anything wrong with getting your reading fix from eBooks, I just have a personal preference for physical ones. I have a home library that is ever growing and buying eBooks isn’t going to help it get any bigger!

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    1. Thank you! That’s the first time someone tells me such a nice thing about my writing! πŸ™‚ I’d happily support a local bookstore but they actually don’t have much written in English so I always end up on Amazon. I miss the days when I could walk in my favorite bookstore and browse through their collections. I don’t own a bookcase yet, so it’s safer to buy eBooks because my desk is cluttered by heaps of physical books and I have nowhere to work! πŸ™‚

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    1. I don’t think we’ll ever totally get over physical books, there’s a chemistry between a reader and a page! πŸ™‚ Yay for the comeback, they deserve some love too! (Says the girl who sticks with eBooks at the moment!)

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  5. I love this discussion post, it’s brilliant! I’m glad you’ve discovered the greatness of ebooks, they really do have a valid place alongside print books. I was very anti-ebooks too but then about five years ago my husband bought me a kindle and I felt like I had to give it a go because it was a gift. I was converted within the day when I realised I could buy a book and have it immediately! I also found that I read faster on my kindle too. Now I have a Kindle Voyage and I love the front lit screen which means I can read in bed at night without putting a bedside lamp on, and it doesn’t hurt your eyes like a phone screen. I hope you love your Paperwhite when it arrives. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I felt my first discussion post ought to be able the biggest change book blogging had brought to my favorite activity. There are so many advantages to eBooks that now it feels silly to fight against them. The biggest perk for me is that using an e-reader makes creating vocabulary flashcards a lot easier. That helps a lot with the learning process. I love how reading and books managed to evolve without neglecting the old way. Your husband is good on gifts! πŸ™‚ I should give mine a few hints, haha!

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      1. It’s a great post – I shared it on my twitter and FB today. πŸ™‚ e-readers are great for so many reasons and I wish more people would be open to them. Yes it’s brilliant how reading has evolved but hasn’t canceled out print books. I mainly read ebooks now but I collect nice editions of my favourite books, which is a nice mix of the two. πŸ™‚

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        1. Thank you very much! πŸ™‚ I should start using Facebook, but I have never trusted it.That’s what I’m trying to do. As eBooks are cheaper, I’m able to read more and I only paperbacks of books I am sure to like, or my Stephanie Plums. I thought it’d be nice to make a list of my favorite reads at the end of the year to hand out to my family so that I could get them in physical copies. Those still missing would be taken care of by my devoted hubby, haha!

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          1. I set up a FB account to go with my book blog and I never share anything personal on there that I wouldn’t put on my blog. I use my blog name as my surname. πŸ™‚
            That sounds like a lovely idea. πŸ™‚

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            1. Great idea πŸ™‚ I might consider it when I stop viewing FB as this big stalking machine that helps my family harass me with silly questions and games requests, haha.

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  6. Loooovely post! I agree 100%. When I bought my first ereader, it was due to peer pressure. I didn’t anticipate loving ebooks so much, or that they could be cheaper. Fast forward to me now…on my 3rd ereader…a Kindle…and almost 2k ebooks. Winning!!

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  7. I love this post. It’s the second time I’m reading it (I already read it once when it appeared in my inbox).
    I know, ebooks are great, the best thing about them is that they don’t use space, and you can have hundreds of them on one device.
    And Netgalley is really beneficial for bloggers, if you want to have arcs it’s easier to get approved for ebooks.
    BUT, I really like to take notes when I read and I still find it so much easier to mark, doodle and write everything down in my own phisical copy of a book. I guess I am all old-fashioned, but I also have a feeling I do a better efford when reviewing a book I have in phisical format.

    Also, I like to read chick-lit, and some of my favorite authors are just too expensive when it comes to ebooks. Sometimes I can’t even believe it, It feels like I could buy two paperbacks for the prize of one ebook.

    BUT, ebooks you can buy after midnight, when preorders often suck and some of them you get even two weeks after their releasing day (for example The Glittering Court I got two weeks too late and who knows when Warrior Witch will arrive.

    I buy an ebook from time to time, I’m not gonna lie. For example, Thief of Lies was avalible for purchase in ebook format two months before in phisical format, here.

    I use Nook with e-ink and it is so much better then any other device because of it’s e-ink. I usually use it for eARCs, but I also have Samsung Tablet for my Kindle app that I use everytime I purchase ebook, so I’m thinking about getting a Kindle reader with an e-ink too, but I’m not sure if new kindles have e-ink.
    Do you know if they do?

    P.s. Sorry for this looooooong comment.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I really wanted to talk about eBooks but I did not want to fuel a debate and only be stuck with die hard pros and cons, so I related my experience with them. I like to know how people changed or did not change their reading habits thanks to e-reading. I get your point regarding reviewing. With some physical books, I did feel it easier to take notes and use post-its. However, my writing is awful so I am glad I can make notes on my ipad sometimes, haha. I still carry a notebook to jot down my feelings and thoughts whatever format the book is. The price range is striking. Like you, there are some books I really want to read that are even more expensive in their Kindle version. It always surprises me, as it’s a digital version, it should always be cheaper than a physical book. But on the other hand, there are hundreds of cheap eBooks, so I buy the paperbacks when the ebook’s price is too high and indulge in digital shopping sprees for everything else. I love to be able to read a book right after I bought it. The feeling of freedom that comes with it is awesome. But sometimes I still miss my long waits for the mailman.
      I checked and it looks like Kindles do have e-ink (I had to find a definition, I had no idea what it was xD)
      Don’t be sorry, I looooove long comments! πŸ˜€

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  8. *high five* welcome to the diehard ebooker club! :p I was the *exact* same as you- I resisted for so long- but then I caved and got a kindle and I HAVE NEVER LOOKED BACK!!! Literally couldn’t have said it better myself- there are so many pros to them. Plus, for me I could never afford to buy as many books cos they were expensive, so I used to depend on the library- now I have access to more books and I’m spending far more money on books (so more money for authors, which makes me very happy) so it’s good news all round!!

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    1. Thank you πŸ˜€ I brought hot tea and croissants! They go well with morning reading. It’s insane, once you’ve dived in, THERE IS NO WAY BACK! We went through the same process! *hugs* The pros amply outweighs the cons. And the bargains! I mean, 0,99cts a book? I can never get that in a secondhand bookstore BECAUSE WE DONT HAVE THEM IN FRANCE! Physical copies are too expensive. eBooks have changed my relation to new releases and now I can read almost anythiiiiing *sings Frozen style* I AM FREEEE.

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      1. You’re welcome!! Oh they do!! Exactly- I can never resist a book for that price! AHH WHAT??!?! I feel your pain!! I love second hand book shops/charity shops- they always have something cheap- though I do buy a lot of second hand books online- I’m basically one of those that will get a book *wherever* I can get my grubby little hands on it :p They really are! And they have for me too!! hahahaha (nice Frozen reference- I approve!)

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        1. I went to a secondhand bookshop yesterday, there was only a teeny tiny shelf for books in foreign language, and they were all more expensive than a new physical copy on Amazon. I was speechless! WHY AM I STUCK IN FRANCE???

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  9. Haha…this was really very FUNNY. Specially the line ” I saw them as little electronic warriors slowly marching towards our bookcases to slash hundred of pages with laser guns….” LOVED IT!
    I too consider ebooks an enemy of physical books. I’ll do a post about this too!!

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      1. Really? I’ve been meaning to get a Kindle and I’m like “What will my physical books think of me?” And then I see my books and they are like -“B-E-T-R-A-Y-E-R”
        I don’t manage to go futher and actually read a ebook then.

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  10. What a great post Donna, I love it ❀ (and I don't get why I wasn't following your blog before, well I now am ahah, this was NOT OKAY.) I felt the same way about ebooks before, but I was tired of reading on my computer screen, and now I am so happy I have one, it's really useful especially when you're travelling or something. But nothing will ever replace my love for physical copies ❀

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  11. I loved your post! I started with e-books several years ago and I sync my Kindle with my phone so that even if I have a tiny wait at the post-office or at the grocery store, I always have my book with me. Nowadays I also “read” a lot of audio books while driving or doing housework. If I’m lucky I also have the book as an e-book and I can quickly move forward and live in other worlds all the time! Have fun in France!!

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