It’s the never-ending discussion between bloggers and readers: physical copies or electronic? And if you prefer electronic, do you use the Kindle, Nook, another ereader, or the various apps that can be put on phones and tablets? So many choices! I’ve always been on the side of physical books, my general excuse being “there’s nothing like holding and smelling the actual pages!” And this is true, but I’m here to say something else: I lied.
Yep, I admit it. My old excuse was just a cop-out because I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like ereaders of any kind. But this last week I finally put my finger on it! I know exactly why screens versus paper is so important to me.
When I read on my phone (I use the Kindle app), or the rare occasions I pull out my Kindle (a very, very old version, without lighting or any of that “like paper” tech they have now), I always feel like the words are watery. Yes, watery.
I always feel like I can’t quite get a grasp on the sentences – sometimes I have to read it a few times over, because the letters float off the screen a bit. They get fuzzy around the edges, and blend together. I never have these problems with a paperback! And usually I end up getting a headache if I read too long on them, which is why I always die a little inside when I see that an ebook is more than 250-300 pages long.
So, there’s my confession. I really don’t mind ebooks. I don’t think they’re somehow “not real reading.” I actually like how cheap and portable they are. I just can’t read the darn things!