I’ve been wondering for a while if I was going to write this post or not because for some reason I was worried but I decided to write it anyway. I want to start by saying I’m only going to talk about my own experience and my personal reasons for mostly reading ebooks, but I’m in no way saying other ways of reading books are bad. To me, reading in all its forms is great, whether it be physical books (hardback or paperback), audio books, graphic novels, that 120k words fanfiction you read last night … I’ll never judge anyone for reading in their preferred format and genre. For me personally, ebooks really changed a lot of things in terms of reading, and I simply wanted to talk about it; it’s also a way to explain the lack of pictures with physical books I could have taken on my blog you might be wondering about. So without further ado, let’s get started!
As a kid, when I read only in French, I used to spend hours at the library and check out so many books to bring home. I’d also find books in garage sales which meant I was lucky enough to have access to many books. I’d also buy brand new books (well my parents did most of the time, but I’d buy some as well with birthday money for example) but that wasn’t the majority of my books. Then, as I grew up, the library had less and less of the books I wanted to read. When I started university a few years ago to study English, I, at the same time, started reading novels in English when that was the language they were written in originally. I live in France, so books in English are not easy to find everywhere in bookstores and sometimes can be a bit pricey. Finding them in libraries is difficult as well. I could always order them online, and I did at first. But of course, my student budget didn’t allow me to buy many physical books. So after a while, I invested in an ereader (the simplest Kindle there was) and sure, there was that initial purchase, but after that, access to books in English was so much easier and cheaper. I could read several books for the price of one physical copy which meant I could still invest in a hobby I loved but handle my budget at the same time.
I moved to a small flat when I was 18, once again when I started university for the first time. And while I had enough space for myself and everything I needed, I most definitely didn’t have the space to have a full wall of bookshelves, and there was no way I could have found a place for all my ebooks if I’d had them in physical form. I kept trying to tidy the shelves I had, but I just had to accept the fact that they wouldn’t be because I simply had to stack up the things I already had. It was a bit like a game of Tetris. Ebooks really made things easier in that aspect as well.
I guess this one goes with the previous one in a way. When I moved at the end of my degree, I was moving some of my things back to my parents house but also in storage because a few months after that, I was moving to England. Even if I didn’t have a huge amount of books, I still had bought a few physical copies in the 3 years I was there and it felt like it was too much to handle in a move. I also didn’t want them to sit in boxes unused so I donated a good number of them to a couple charities. I knew I couldn’t bring them with me to England, and I didn’t know where I was going after that, so others could enjoy them. In England, I lived in a house share, so I only had my bedroom as a truly personal space and I knew I’d only be there for like 9 months, so I kept using ebooks. I’m glad I did, because after my job contract ended, I moved back to France before moving again two months later to Scotland. From Scotland, I moved again to France a few months after; my last move was 7 months ago, and I’ll probably move a few more times in the next few years. I can’t imagine having to move a large amount of books around every year, and I know for a fact I couldn’t have done it when moving overseas. It was just not practical for me.
Now, this one might seem a bit strange. I’m a mood reader, I very rarely decide on a TBR for the month to come; I simply read which book I’m in the mood for. Otherwise, I feel like I’m not giving a fair chance to the book as there’s a big chance I won’t enjoy it if I’m not in the mood for it. I also don’t buy too many ebooks in advance (I have a few that I know for sure I’ll get to at some point, but probably less than 20) which means I don’t always own the book I want to read. With ebooks, it’s not a problem, since I can buy it and have it right away. And I know I’m very lucky in that aspect.
I almost only use public transport when going to university or when I went to work in England (and my commute was an hour long there) so I can read if I want. Having an ebook with me makes things so much simpler, as my backpack is already heavy enough as it is. I can’t imagine bringing a 400 pages long book with me on top of my school stuff. My back would hate me if I did. I also often read during my lunch breaks, and I wouldn’t want to get food stains on the pages, and it would happen even if I was careful because I’m clumsy. Ebooks really have allowed me to read more.
So here are five reasons why I mostly read ebooks. They’ve really made reading easier for me in the last few years and for that I’m very happy. I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on the the subject in the comments!
What format of books do you read the most? For what reasons?
Until next time,