As you may have already heard, you can now check out library books on your Kindle! This means that library e-books are now available on most mobile devices and readers. Great news for those of you who are already e-book fans. Prefer print books? I do too, but as resistant as I was to the e-book craze at first, I’ve grown to love them. Here are a few reasons why:
- One word: vacation. One of the hardest things about packing for me has always been narrowing down the books I’m going to take with me. Invariably, I wind up being just in the mood for something that didn’t make the cut. But I can check out ten e-books at a time from the library! That’s a whole stack of books that I can stick in my carry on luggage. Sweet.
- (Mostly) instant gratification. Although e-book popularity is growing steadily, sometimes a print copy of something that I really want to read isn’t on the shelf when I feel like reading it. I can often find it in e-book form, and even popular items that have holds on them often have a shorter hold list in e-book form. Patience may be a virtue, but it’s not one of mine.
- An ever-growing list of available e-book titles. I will admit, that at first I had some trouble finding books I felt like checking out in e-book format when there were so many more options in print. Of course our print collection is still much larger, but the library is adding e-books to our holdings constantly, and the options are getting better all the time. It’s been quite a while since I had trouble finding what I wanted.
- The portability! This goes along with reason number one a little bit, but I’ve recently become completely immersed in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, and those books are big! Too big for lugging around on public transportation, if you ask me. Maybe I could work on my arm muscles, but instead I prefer carrying around a more portable version of those behemoths.
I think I will always prefer print books– the feel, the smell, a good paperback tucked into a beach bag- but I’ve definitely come to appreciate a few of the finer points of e-books. I don’t even feel like too much of a traitor to the printed word. If you’re new to e-books, the library is a great place to learn more about how to use your e-reader, or find lots of books to check out.