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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
If you’re new to my blog, then let me tell you a really quick story about how I found my way back to books. I had stopped reading during my sophomore of high school because: (1) I didn’t have the time & (2) I had burnt myself out. I really never thought I would ever become a reader again, but found my way back to books during my senior year of college with the help of this infamous (and god-awful) series, Fifty Shades of Grey.
FOR WEEKS, my co-workers had been going at it about this series and they would not shut up about it. After weeks of their constant bickering, I wanted to weigh in my own opinion about this series, so I decided to pick up the first book to see what all the fuss was about. Here was my issue…I WAS NOT going to walk into B&N and purchase this book.
It has nothing to do with feeling embarrassed about reading this book, but more about not wanting to waste my money on a physical copy (unless I was allowed to burn it once I finished reading it). That was when I discovered eBooks…and my world has NEVER BEEN THE SAME (dramatics).
Technology has come a long way since I first stopped reading. Now I can read books wherever, whenever, and however I want to. Ebooks have become my PREFERRED way of reading. My iPad mini and I are basically attached at the hip because it is ALWAYS on me, fully-stocked and charged so I can read all the books. Honestly, if it weren’t for eBooks, I probably wouldn’t have continued reading after FSOG. I have an addiction and NO, I DON’T NEED HELP! Here are some reason why I prefer eBooks over physical books:
♥ THEY ARE CHEAPER
$1.99, $2.99, eBooks are CHEAP and I feel less guilty wasting $2 on a book I end up hating than spending $20 on a physical copy of a book that I end up hating. If I end up hating an eBook, I simply delete it off my iPad. It’s gone, I never have to see it again, BYE, FELICIA. But, a physical book will sit on my shelf for months, even years and I will have to see it until I drag myself to The Strand Bookstore so I can donate it. Less hassle for me.
♥ I READ SO MUCH FASTER
I have become one hell of a speed-reader because of eBooks. My reading game was so strong, I was averaging about TWO books a day. I’ve slowed down since then because blogging has taken up some of my reading time, but I’m still a pretty fast reader. Also, the big fonts help SO MUCH because I’m blind as a bat.
♥ I CAN READ MULTIPLE BOOKS WITH NO-HASSLE
I usually read two books at once, and carrying around two physical books at once is too much, especially on a packed NYC train. With eBooks, I don’t have this struggle of carrying extra weight. The books are on my phone, easy to access with the swipe of a finger. When I get bored, I can just switch to the next book. If I happen to finish a book, I can just start a new one. Hassle-free, eBooks make my life easier.
♥ I CAN READ BOOKS FOR FREE
I use the iBook app A LOT to find free books. Every week, new books are added to the free section and I love browsing it to see if I find any hidden gems. HERE’S THE CATCH. Most of these books are written by indie authors and they are self-published. NOT ALL of them are the best works ever, BUT for a person like me who tends to read more books written by indie authors, this is basically like striking gold. Typically, the first book in a series is free and I’ve found some great series just because I decided to download a free book. It’s a great way to discover new books without having to spend a dime.
♥ HIGHLIGHTING AND NOTE-TAKING ARE A BREEZE
I used to stock up on post-its and sticky tabs to take notes when reading physical books. I even got myself a handy-dandy notebook to jot down notes. It was a mess and I felt more unorganized than anything. Now, I can just swipe and tap and I have a quote highlighted. I can bookmark a whole page that has important information, like plot twist, and then come back to it later when I’m reviewing. Seriously, it has made writing reviews a whole lot easier for me and I don’t think I will ever go back to my old note-taking ways again.
♥ READING APPS ARE THE BEST THING EVER
Between my iBook app, Kindle app, and Scribd app, I have SO MANY BOOKS I will never be able to say “I have nothing to read”. My ALL-TIME FAVORITE app has to be my Scribd app.
Scribd is basically the same thing as Kindle Unlimited (although Kindle copied Scribd since it came out first). I pay a monthly fee of $8.99 and I basically can read ALMOST any book. If it’s not a new release, I will most likely be able to find the book on this app. I read the Sarah J. Maas books on this app. I discovered Colleen Hoover and Jay Crownover because of this app. The app looks at what type of books you read and it personalizes itself to your reading taste and even recommends book that it thinks you may enjoy. Basically mine is filled with YA and NA books. This app basically revived my love for reading and it’s the BEST THING EVER, right next to my Netflix subscription. You can also listen to audiobooks and read comics and you can even find research papers on this app. I definitely recommend it to those who love eBooks.
Although I’ve been told that eBooks are not real books, I think they SHOULD count. I wouldn’t be the reader I am today without eBooks. And even though my iPad does die on my while reading, I always have my phone full charged in case I get to a crazy plot twist and need to find out what happens next. The only real downside for me is having to buy expensive cases since I tend to throw my eReader across the room a lot. What can I say, sometimes the feels just become too much and I can’t handle it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
What is your preferred way of reading?
Let me know in the comments!