As an avid bookworm it probably doesn’t come to a shock to a lot of my friends that my room is filled with piles upon piles of books. I have books on my dresser, on shelves, in cardboard boxes under my dressers, in stacks by my bed, and in my closet. I wish I lived in a big enough room that could accommodate a gorgeous and tall bookshelf with a comfortable reading chair fairly close by. Sadly, my room barely has enough room for the bed and and nightstand I have in it.
This summer I made the decision that with my first pay cheque from my job I was going to buy something I really needed. I decided on an e-reader despite my love for paper books. It honestly just got to a point where I had two decisions: to stop buying books or to start buying them electronically. The first was never an option to me really, and so I went on a hunt to figure out which model, and brand I’d like best. After a journey to Chapters (a bookstore …clearly) with my A1 I came to determine I wanted the Kobo Wifi Reader. Which looks a little something like this:
Here are the main reasons I love this little guy:
1. It is so light and portable! Instead of having to decide one book with me to take on a trip I can take multiple books.
2. IT’S NOT A TOUCH SCREEN. Okay, I know a lot of people probably disagree with me on this one but it’s really hard to misflip on this bad boy. I am able to control which page I’m going to and what speed.
3. I’ve stopped ruining the endings of books for myself. I am notorious for flipping to the last page of books but with my Kobo I can not be bothered to figure out how to.
4. I read faster on my kobo than I do with paper back. I know a lot of people say this isn’t possible but I truly feel I’m able to finish a book quicker, and understand it just the same.
5. I don’t have to worry about a bookstore being closed when I want to the read the next in the series. I turn on the wifi, I go to the store, do a quick search and WHAM within minutes I have my tale! Also, the book sizes are REALLY small so for even something as slow as my home wifi (which believe me I could run faster than it somedays) I really don’t have to wait.
6. I love the fact the books tend to be MUCH cheaper on an e-reader with over 36, 000 free books you’re also bound to run into something you’ll enjoy without having to pay a cent.
So what I’m basically saying is, despite all the hate e-readers get I really do love them. I don’t understand why people are so concerned with them “ruining bookstores” and such, I am still guilty of heading into stores and buying books and other odds and ends. Plus, with Kobo being linked to Chapters I can’t help but feel good buying from them. If you are unfortunate enough to have a mishap with your e-reader Kobo is GREAT for customer service! While Future Shop refused to touch my e-reader claiming I pressure cracked my screen, Kobo agreed to look at it (under warranty) and if they could see it was not my fault they would fix it free of charge. Within 10 days I had a refurbished e-reader sitting on my doorstep AND because Kobo backs up your library, I was able to get all my purchases back (even though I had a new computer by this time too). Do not feel like you are the “death to paperback” if you decide it’s something you want. Remember, you can always buy another copy of the book later on in life to pass onto the next generation.