E-book reader, or must have an actual book in your hands?
I've been reading since I was four, and Mom taught me to read the newspaper to her while she cooked dinner. I also read cereal boxes, billboards along the highway, and anything that I could understand enough of the words to read. I'd read anything!
For years I resisted e-books, then I got published by an internet publisher in 2010. That year I asked my kids to pitch in to give me an e-reader for Christmas. Back then most e-readers were kindles, so that's what I got. But I purposefully got a stripped-down one, that doesn't even have color on the covers. All I wanted to be able to do was to see how readable my own books were on a reader.
Soon I discovered free e-books, when other authors would make them free for a short time. I also won some free e-books by commenting on various blogs. But still I preferred holding an actual book in my hand, so I mostly ignored my reader.
Then Co-Vid hit and I couldn't go to the library--and my income ended since no one needs subs in high school when it's all on-line learning. So I got desperate. I picked up my neglected kindle to discover I had lots of books to read on it. I even had some still in my downloads file in my laptop, that I could load onto my kindle. I've been reading them for months--and doing reviews for the ones I can say something positive about, since I know how much that means to authors. Even leaving a few sentences lets them know that someone is reading their words.
I still prefer actual books, mostly for non-fiction, since I'm an inveterate under-liner and highlighter. I also like to put my thoughts into the margins, to answer the author. And since I kept some of my dad's books when he passed on years ago, I'd be reading one of them and discover something he'd written in his crabbed, scratchy writing, and it made me weep with pleasure! I felt as if he was sharing with me what reading that passage made him think about.
So the answer is, I'm not a reading snob--I'm not choosy. I'm a reading whore--I don't really care about what format I'm reading, as long as I have something to read. How about you?
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