Thursday, January 6, 2011
Recently I downloaded an app on my iPod touch that is called Kobo. You have probably heard of E-readers, well Kobo is a brand of one. They are sold a lot in Chapters, as far as I can tell. Anyhow, I decided to give this app a whirl, since I do love to read and I got a Chapters gift card for Xmas from one of the daycare parents. The app essentially turns your iPod into an e-reader, you're just looking at a smaller screen, which doesn't bother me. Plus, you can adjust the text size, so you're reading only about five sentences per page if you really want.
So I logged onto the Kobo website and picked out the book I have been wanting to read for ages now, Mini-Shopaholic. Turns out it was about five bucks cheaper for the paperless version here. The Kobo website has hooked up with Chapters, and you can use gift cards there, so that was great.
I flew through that book (as I tend to do when I find something I really like) and soon enough found myself purchasing some more books, this time a "boxed" set of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which are the books the show True Blood is based on. And I am flying through these as well.
Here's where I am going to tell you the pros and cons of e-readers (in my opinion).
Pro: The books seem to be a bit cheaper, by about 20 to 30%.
Con: Even though the book is now yours to keep, you don't actually have a physical book. You have to keep it stored on your computer or e-reader, and then what if that crashes?? Hmmmm...
Pro: Better for the environment, less cutting down trees for paper and whatnot.
Con: No new book smell (boy I miss that!)
Pro: Light-weight, easy to transport and read in bed! Takes up no space on bookshelves either.
Con: Can't lend it out to a friend when you're done.
Pro: Instant download. No trekking out to the bookstore and hoping they have what you want.
Con: No trekking out to the bookstore and spending hours just looking around and breathing that wonderful coffee-scented-new-book-smelling air.
Pro: More privacy. People don't tend to look and see what you are reading in public, or try to read over your shoulder. This is good for reading things that others may frown upon for one reason or another.
Con: I constantly forget what I'm reading. Without the cover to glance at everytime I pick up or put down the book, I have no idea of what the title of the book is that I'm reading. Weird huh? Plus even though there is a bar hidden at the bottom of the page that gives you an idea of how far along you are in the book, it's not the same as physically seeing how many pages you have left to read.
Con: A real book doesn't run out of batteries.
Con: Even though you can borrow e-books from the library, I'm not sure that they've caught up, meaning that not everything is available that you may want and not in all forms (I think they only support some types of e-readers, not all such as iPod).
Con: As with iTunes, it becomes faaaaarrrr too easy to just click and buy without really thinking about it - oh what's another $10 on the credit card, huh?