Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
Today I’d like to talk about how we, as readers, feel about ebooks. In particular, I’m musing about how I’d feel about using a bookless library, such as those proposed in Bexlar County, Texas.
Currently, I own a kindle and could, of course, read pdf’s of books on my computer as well. However, like many others, I find my computer screen much too hard on my eyes to contemplate reading a book that way. It also lacks the feel of holding a book in your hand which the kindle at least emulates. Even the kindle, I mostly appreciate for long trips when I couldn’t pack enough books to keep me busy. As a result, I will almost never accept ebook review copies, with exceptions most often being made for authors I adore or books I can’t get another way. Otherwise, I know they’d just sit around while I read the physical books I prefer!
In particular, since I’ve started blogging, I’ve begun to be excited about meeting authors and getting signed books. I’ve also started to appreciate books as beautiful objects as well as a source of entertainment. As a result, I just don’t get the same satisfaction out of buying an ebook and to date have only done so for long vacations. Which finally brings me to the case of the bookless library. Would I use one?If I had no other means of getting free books to feed my reading addiction, I’m sure I would use one. But would I like it? I think not. To me, part of the joy of reading is feeling the crisp turn of the pages in a new book or smelling the musty smell of a well-loved, older book. Likewise, part of the experience of going to the library is being able to wander the shelves, hoping for a fortuitous encounter with my next favorite author. Does this mean I completely oppose the idea of bookless libraries? For now, yes. But if it ever becomes a matter of bookless libraries or no libraries because of funding issues, I know I’d change my mind!
Do you enjoy ebooks as much as physical books? If not, do you still use them sometime? How do you feel about the idea of a bookless library?