how my love affair with eBooks began ...

I have always been a fan of books. I grew up with books, most likely because I saw my Mom reading and because for the most of my childhood, I really didn't have anything else to do except play and read. Growing up as an only child (sister was in the province) trains you to entertain yourself and I did that by reading, A LOT.

It started with small ones such as Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley but by 5th grade I was reading Sidney Sheldon and the like. One day I read two Sidney Sheldon novels in one go which was a bad idea because I developed a headache so strong I ended up crying on my Mother's lap. From that day on, I vowed to stop myself from finishing two books in just one day especially when the books have at least 400 pages in it.

All throughout college years and even when I was working, I made time for my reading. I had a reading list so high it had its own reading list. I was one of those persons who always had a book with her. When eBooks came about, I scoffed at it and made a judgement.


Yes, I was one of those eBooks hater. I gave so many reasons as to why eBooks sucked such as you don't get to smell it and touch the books. You don't get to savor that moment. For a time, I tried giving it a chance and even got around 2,000 eBooks and hoarded a couple from other friends but I never really got into it.

Three weeks ago, I realized that I haven't read much at all. I have books piled high but since I also lug around pens, notebooks, and other things in my bag, adding a book just put too much strain on what is already a 10lbs bag. I just couldn't add more to what I was already carrying.

I thought of my tablet but also realized it was pretty heavy until I took it out of its case for a hosting event I did. It was then I realized my tablet was paper pad light. It was like a lightbulb went on in my head and I remembered all my eBooks.

Fast forward to now and I have read 3 books already on my list and I would like to add more to it. I realized I was wrong in judging it too soon and that regardless of form, reading is reading.


This is how my love affair with eBooks began.

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20 comments:

  1. Ebooks are awesome. They really change my life.

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  2. Ebooks are a great alternative to actual books! People who act all rude about them just simply haven't gotten to use a kindle and see its wonders

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  3. I have never been a fan of ebooks. Primarily for the same reasons as you, I wanted to feel the book and smell it. That makes a big difference to me. However, I am not above trying them.

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  4. I love to read, so I check out my local library. However, if I could get free eBooks of books that I love to read, I'd read on my tablet!

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  5. I'm a book lover, but I've never read an ebook. I may have to give it a try!

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  6. I am not a fan of eBooks either! I would rather buy myself a copy than buy an eBook, but you can't really deny how convenient it is especially when you don't have enough space for a book in your bag.

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  7. Loved my kobo untik the charger cant function abymore and thus my reading stopped as well. Would want to buy kindle this time. Missed reading.

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  8. I've yet to embrace a love affair with ebooks, but I think it's coming. I'm a lover of hardcover books...the feel, the smell. But, I'm open to giving the new versions a chance!

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  9. I'll always love paper books the most, but I'm sold on ebooks too. No more losing bookmarks!

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  10. I had a Kindle and I now have an iPad, but I will always hold a special place for real books in my heart. I just love flipping through pages and actually holding a book!

    Jasmine / www.jasminekeclipse.com

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  11. I'm a fan of both forms and eBooks tend to be more frequent for a wanderer like me. When I'm at home, my usual paper books and magazines are my best friends.

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  12. I like both the hard copy and the ebook. I don't really even have a preference. :)

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  13. My daughter loves ebooks, but she also loves hard copy books as well. I prefer ebooks, myself :)

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  14. I love them for travel, so convenient. But my personal preference is the real thing.
    Carol

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  15. I love ebooks when I am anywhere out of my home. At home I still prefer regular books but ebooks have made life easier when traveling.

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  16. It took me awhile to warm up to e-books. I still prefer the feel of a book, and the feeling of turning a page. However, you cannot deny the convenience of being able to tote an entire library with you on your Kindle.

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  17. I am always a picker of the real thing over an ebook but I will never turn away the chance to read a work by an author if it is only offered in ereader form.

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  18. Ebooks are so cool. It is so great to have easy access to get books online quickly.

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  19. i have love hate relationship with both books and ebooks haha i love the smell of books and the lightness of ebook. i have different things to read in the past and i have it both choices

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  20. When ebooks first came out, I loved the idea. But there is something I miss from holding that book and smelling the pages. I know it might sound silly:)

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