Let’s Talk Bookish: All About Ebooks

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the July 2022 prompts!

Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:

All about Ebooks

(SUGGESTED BY FIVES @ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)
Prompts: Are ebooks the future of books? What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks? Are ebooks strictly better than physical books? Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books? Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet? Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other?

EBOOKS: THE FUTURE OF BOOKS?

This is an interesting question that I haven’t really given much thought to. There are so many reasons why ebooks could be the books of the future, namely they’re (mostly) easier to access (in terms of buying), are usually cheaper than physical books, can be carried in the thousands wherever you go and aren’t limited to one device (i.e. e-reader, phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). Do I think they’re the future of books? As much as I love ebooks, I certainly hope that they don’t replace physical books and become the future of books! Maybe they’ll gain popularity as more people give them a try but (as far as I know) many still prefer physical copies, and again, many are unable to read digital copies for various reasons (we’ll come back to this further on).

A FEW PROS AND CONS

I made this list of pros and cons about ebooks in a recent LTB and what I wrote still goes. A huge ebook pro for me personally is gaining access to books in general and in particular the newest releases. As an international reader living in a non-Western country, I don’t always get the “hot and new” releases at my local bookstore and even if I (pre-)order a copy, it still takes a minimum of one month to arrive at my doorstep! So I love the instant access I get with ebooks. As someone who also doesn’t have access to a library, I love subscriptions like Kindle Unlimited that allow me borrow up to 20 books at a time. Since I have to buy all the books I read, unless they’re ARCs, having access to KU brings me so much joy as I can read tons of books without having to dig deeper into my bank balance.

That’s not to say there aren’t any cons to ebooks. Prior to getting my own credit card (cos where I live it ain’t easy and digital banking etc. is still years behind compared to other countries) I had to rely on transferring funds to my dad so I could use his credit card to purchase books. Let’s just say it wasn’t fun…? 💀 Obviously, not having the means to purchase online is a con, not having access to internet is a con, and so is not having the right gadget (version) to read on. Buying books, in general, is a privilege and I believe buying ebooks is even more so!

Another non-monetary con of reading ebooks is that sometimes the formatting really sucks. I hate when pages or text don’t show up properly and there are gaps, etc., though this mostly happens when I read ARCs and less so with finished copies.

DO ALL AVID READERS PREFER “REAL” PAPER BOOKS?

Since I consider myself an avid reader I’d say the answer would be a hard no! 😂 As I mentioned before though, there are various reasons why some people prefer real paper books to digital copies and it’s not just ‘for the ‘gram’! For example, some people are unable to read them for medical reasons.

Ever since I got gifted my first Kindle in 2012, I’ve spent more and more time reading on it. This year alone, I’ve done 90% of my reading on Kindle and not only for convenience as I’ve been travelling a lot, but because I’m mostly reading ARCs and romances. Not to mention I literally have thousands of books on my Kindle so… I gotta start making a dent in it at some point, right? 🙊 That’s not to say that I don’t love physical copies because I still do love them and I’m a sucker for Illumicrate and special editions! It’s not that I’ve stopped reading physical copies completely, I just read them less but I do pick them up every now and again whenever I’m tired of reading on my device and I miss the feeling of holding an actual book!

What do you think, friends? Are ebooks the future of books? Do you prefer them or do you still prefer physical copies? What do you like/dislike about ebooks?

#TopTenTuesday: Books with Adjectives in the Title!

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt is: Books with an Adjective in the Title (Submitted by Nicole @ How to Train a Book Dragon)

This was a fun little prompt to test my knowledge of grammar! 😂 I decided to focus today’s list on the books that are just waiting to be read on my Kindle and I was honestly surprised by how far down my list I had to go to find ten titles but we finally got there in the end! To start, let’s take a look at what the definition of an adjective is:

An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or a pronoun. In general, the purpose of an adjective is to describe a noun or pronoun and provide more information about it. Adjectives provide answers to questions such as “What kind?” “Which one?” and “Whose is it?”

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Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this post so of course I’m going to be doing it before all the ones I’m actually tagged in! 🙃 I saw Kirsty @ Caffeinated Fae post this on her blog today and it looked like a fun and short tag to do and since my mind is clearly not gunning for the “heavier” stuff right now I thought why not do it!? So here I am and here we go…

What do you like about buying new books?

Does “everything” count as an answer? Well, except for parting with my money… 💸 But no really, I love the new book smell, I love adding an anticipated read to my shelves, I love discovering a new book that I’ve never heard of before. I love walking out of the story with new worlds full of delicious possibilities waiting to be discovered!

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Bookish Thoughts: Why I Love My Kindle

Side note: I don’t normally do these posts because I don’t feel that I can convey my thoughts and opinions as well as other bloggers do. But I decided to take the plunge this week and I’m hoping it doesn’t fail lol I’d love to know if you enjoyed this post, so I know whether to try doing them more often!

As you can probably tell from the title 😏 today I want to talk about my Kindle and the reasons why I love it. I guess this topic really brings it back to the often discussed ebooks vs. ‘real’ books debate. I obviously still love my paperbacks and hardcovers, but I can’t deny the many advantages that my Kindle gives me, especially as an international reader.

And so the story goes…

Here’s a little backstory: I got my first Kindle the Christmas after I finished my MA degree in 2012. I was slated to finish with a 2:1, which isn’t a distinction but I’m not the best student and I was honestly just elated that I managed to complete my degree! Lmao. Obviously this meant treating myself, but my partner at the time beat me to it and got me the First Edition Kindle for Christmas. It was probably one of the best gifts I’ve ever received! But that was 2012 and since then, I’ve moved on to the Kindle Paperwhite (2015), followed this year by the latest model (2018), which I was “forced” to upgrade to when an unfortunate accident involving my backpack, laptop and Kindle, rendered the 2015 model dead. Sad times, but we don’t talk about it! 💔

Basically, it’s waterproof (but not exactly stupid proof)! Sorry, I’m mean…

I was really tempted to get the Kindle Oasis because it’s a beaut, and I use my Kindle often enough to justify the hefty price tag, but I still couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’m hoping that *somebody* is going to take a hint that I want it and purchase it for me on my birthday or Christmas/New Year though. Who knows! But the newest Kindle Paperwhite is still pretty awesome. It’s practically got 90% of the Oasis features, it’s just bigger (same size as the OG Paperwhite), and half the price!

Let’s talk about love…

There are so many things to love about the Kindle. To state the obvious, it pretty much fits in every bag. I have this tiny Herschel backpack that won’t even fit flip flops, but my Kindle fits perfectly in it! I can conveniently take it everywhere. Sometimes I just don’t want to take paperbacks/hardcovers with me when I go out because they add quite a bit of weight to my bag and I’m so lazy. Plus, I usually fly a lot for work and reading on my Kindle means I don’t have to stop reading when they dim the lights on planes, and I don’t need two hands to read it while standing (i.e. waiting in queues). Not to mention you can have HUNDREDS of books with you at all times and you don’t need more shelf space. I mean, what’s not to love about that?! This indulges the mood reader in me as I can easily browse through the many unread books *coughcough* on my Kindle library and switch to different reads if I’m not feeling it with the ease of a few taps. Another great thing is that I can highlight all the passages and have it automatically stored and linked to Goodreads, which makes finding the important bits super easy to find come review time. I can even share my highlights on Goodreads if I wanted to.

But the best thing about having my Kindle is that I can get so many of the latest releases, more obscure backlist books, and e-ARCs. Living in Indonesia means the newest releases don’t come out until they’re no longer “new”, if they ever release in stores at all. Sure, I can pre-order or get them online, but living on the other side of the world means that books take 2-4 weeks, sometimes longer, to reach me and my impatient ass just can’t deal with that–even if sometimes I don’t read my newest buys right away. But… that’s a different story you can read on my TTT post about avoiding books on my shelves. Yes, even the ones I’m so desperate to get! As for ARCs, well, I can just forget about ever getting physical copies, but I can at least get the e-ARCs on my Kindle. WINNING! 👏🏽

Missing out?

So what am I missing out on when I’m reading on my Kindle? I honestly don’t have a very long list! I mean, it’s definitely not the same reading experience as holding a book, flipping pages and inhaling the new/old book smell; but there are worse things. Also, if I really love an ebook, I usually also want to add it to my physical shelf, so I end up having double copies and that also means bye-bye money (my savings get so sad)! Something that does annoy me about my new Kindle is that the battery runs out much faster. I don’t know why, since I don’t even use the bluetooth feature; but again, it’s not a big deal because it charges quickly!

So was this post basically just an endorsement for the Kindle? Yes. Yes, it was, but I really love my Kindle Paperwhite and I couldn’t imagine my life without it, especially because I would definitely be reading a lot less!

Do you have a Kindle? Do you also love it as much as I love mine? And if you don’t, would you get one or are ebooks not your jam?