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Why I Prefer ebooks

The Secret HistoryMy son’s just finished reading Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and enjoying it so much I decided to re-read it after twenty years.

He gave me his print copy and as I started, I realised I haven’t read a novel in pbook format in a long time.

And as I read the first pages, I realised I was  finding it heavy going in some way. Not the writing, which was just as enjoyable as I remembered it, but the actual act of reading.
I got to page 30 or so and gave in and, much to my own surprise, found myself buying the ebook edition.

And happily settled in.

The only reason I can think of is that the reader offers me one page at a time, not two. Something about that second page being there, just out of sightline, has come to weigh me down a little, now I’ve got used to there being just one.

I also missed being able to highlight passages that I particularly enjoyed, snippets of language, aphorisms and insights.  I love marking these as I go and then reading back over them when I’m finished. Underlining a print book just  isn’t the same.

It seems it’s official, I now prefer ebooks.


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  1. Debbie Young says:

    Yikes indeed! I must admit I love my Kindle and much prefer reading novels as e-books because they’re less trouble to hold (how lazy am I?!)- and of course I don’t think twice about popping my Kindle in my handbag whenever I go out, which I wouldn’t be able to do with a print book. (That’s why I loved those little Penguin 60s, remember them? Tiny books brought out to mark Penguin’s 60th birthday.) I’d always print for non-fiction, though, so that it’s easier to flip back and forth to look things up. Or maybe I just need to practice using he “GOTO” feature more…

  2. karen lotter says:

    My problem with print books is that I tap the pages instead of turning them :-) I also find them heavy. But what I love most about my kindle is that I can make the type bigger.


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