Judging from my physical TBR pile you will know that I prefer to read mostly physical books. I have almost 600 so obviously I prefer to read mostly physical books. I think there is just something about holding a physical book in your hands that an e reader just can’t ever achieve.
Having said that though I have noticed an increase in reading ebooks this year. It wasn’t like that before. I struggled with picking up ebooks and forced myself to buy ebooks so I would have something to read on there. That didn’t work. I still have a few of those ebooks still unread on my e reader. But this year this changed.
From reading 15 ebooks over 2016, I have already read 17 ebooks this year so far up until the end of May. Okay, granted, some of those are novella’s. But still! I am clearly picking up my e reader more and more this year. And I have had some thoughts about that recently. So here they are.
I pick up ebooks quicker
I tend to order a lot of books online. I do buy books in book stores from time to time but sometimes it is just easier to buy online. Maybe I should just buy in book stores. I might not buy as many books as I do. Hmm. But in any case, this does mean that I have to wait until I have the book. With an ebook this is not the case.
You can download them straight onto your ereader and that itch that I had to read is still there as I have the book. Often I download or buy ebooks when I have time to read as well so that way I pick them up a lot faster. Also a lot of the ebooks I read are also review copies. That is also a great reason for me to pick up ebooks quicker.
I think I might also pick up ebooks quicker now because I am scared that I might forget about them if I have them on there too long. I don’t have a physical reminder in the form of my shelves for them.
I have no problem picking
As I don’t bulk buy a lot of ebooks and I pick them up faster I don’t have a huge pile on my e reader. This means that when I take my e reader to bed with me and want to pick out a book from it I don’t have as much trouble picking one. I have no stress as to what to choose as I just don’t have that many on there. Sometimes I even pick up my ereader because I want a certain type of book and I know I have that on my ereader. Or hey, sometimes I even buy that certain type of book only to read it right away. So less choosing chaos.
With physical books they are all there in my main living room. I am confronted by them every day. This causes my focus and interests to shift so much more quickly. Because hey, I have had that on my shelves for a while or that just looks mighty interesting. This is why a monthly tbr works so well for me. Because that way I can focus more.
My TBR pile does not decrease
Having said that, reading ebooks does not make a dent in my physical tbr pile that I am trying to bring down and that kind of sucks. I really want to get that down a bit but ebooks are getting in my way. Dangit, haha. On the up, they don’t make my TBR pile increase either. They help with filling in less space.
I buy cheaper ebooks
I do look at the price and I tend to buy cheaper ebooks. Generally no more than 6 euro or so. With that I can buy more ebooks for the price of a paperback or hardcover. That makes me excited and I think this can ignite my urge to want to read more ebooks as well. So many ebooks these days that I want are getting cheaper bit by bit. Okay some big names are not and big anticipated releases go very high but even so I tend to want those physical anyway.
Ebooks are so much lighter to read
Wel duh, Annemieke. But really this does make a difference. When I was pregnant I really struggled reading in bed, and after that I had a hard time as well because of the c-section. Heavy books and trying to find a comfortable reading position can be so hard, especially when you can’t lay down on your stomach because your back starts to hurt. That has been getting better through yoga a bit, but it stopped me reading books in bed for a while there.
Big ebooks kill me
Not literally as they can’t squash me like a bug, but whenever I see that an ebook is 400 pages or more I dread it when I have no trouble with 400 pages in physical form. I think it is because with an ebook I feel I make no progress while with a physical book I can easily see being half way. Knowing I am half way and seeing I am half way just don’t make the same impact on my reading experience. This is why I can’t see myself reading big adult high fantasy books on an ereader unless they are review copies.
Overall I am happy that I am using my e reader more. At least I didn’t waste any money on that investment. And it leaves more space for physical books I really want, haha.
Have you noticed an increase or a decrease in your digital reading habits over the years?