Print or digital books?

Print or digital books?

I take my library to bed

I take my library to bed. Never leave home without it. One-thousand, seven-hundred and two books aren’t heavy. They fit in my purse. I started reading e-books the end of 2010. Resistant in the beginning, I had a paper-book library big enough to wander through. After working on the computer all day, I wanted to pluck books off my shelves and thumb through the pages, not click or swipe on a reading device.

The day my reading life changed

My reading life changed the day I received notice that a book I put on hold months before, was ready for pickup. I dropped whatever I was doing and headed to the library.

I went to bed early that night. Fluffed the pillows and opened the book. I squinted. Brought it closer to my face. Shined the lamp on it. I couldn’t read it. The library had sent me a “tiny-print” version! Who knew they even made tiny-print books? Large-print for old people, yes, but who would read this one? A flea?

I got my husband’s attention and pointed at the text. “Look at this.” 

“What?” he asked, seemingly confused.

I pointed out the obvious.

And he read a paragraph out loud without moving off his side of the bed. I scowled, and he shrugged and suggested checking out the large-print version.

My first Kindle

I bought a Kindle instead. When it arrived, I went online to buy ‘the’ book that brought me into the e-book world and it wasn’t available. That’s right.

I bought a 150 dollar Kindle and the 10 dollar book I wanted to read wasn’t an e-book. However disappointing at the time, it wasn’t long before it became one, and I learned the e-book world was far bigger than font size.

No one can have too many books

But what would a life be without paperbacks and hardcovers? What would a town be without a library? What would a night out be without a bookstore? We don’t have to choose. We can have it all. Paper books or digital, no one can have too many.

Seattle writer, Kate E Thompson, is the author of "Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie", and is finishing her second novel, a historical fiction, coming of age story, set in 1869 Utah Territory. She’s an avid reader, is fond of reading old diaries and letters, and enjoys nothing more than searching through university archives and special collections.

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