I don’t like books. There. I said it. I let that sink in for a moment…
I can’t remember a time when I was not reading. It is my one passion that has never faded away. Fine… Reading and cats. Although I can remember the time when I did not have a cat – a.k.a. the miserable years.
By now you are probably utterly confused and wonder whether I’m completely nutty as fruitcake. Well, I don’t think so (although if I were, would I know?), but I do have a few reasons why I’m so over printed books.
#I can’t just get them anywhere, any time
Unless I already have them on the shelf, that is… If you ever asked me what book I will pick up once I finished my current read, I would most likely start to squirm and tell you I have no idea and change the subject. I can’t always plan my reading ahead, because my mood changes with the weather, and I don’t like making commitments. So, if I want to grab a Swedish crime book at 10 p.m., I can’t possibly go to a bookstore and pick one up. Even if I went during the day, what if they don’t have one I like? I could of course order it online, but even in best case scenario it would only come the next day. That just won’t do. On my Kindle everything is there, whenever I want it, and I don’t even need to leave the house and mingle.
#When it comes to lifting heavy objects, I prefer the gym
Walking around with a big book can be a pain in the ass. More so if you are tiny like me, and your bag is already full of essential items, like at least two types of snacks at all times, all your vape accessories, your brolly (because in England you don’t remove that from your bag, ever, except when it actually rains, duh…), your cat purse (it’s a normal purse, but has cat ears), and other weird shit you can’t live without outside the house.
Travelling with books? Forget about it. I never take more than a small suitcase, no matter where I go, and since I can’t wear books… I think you see where I’m going with this. My Kindle on the other hand is super light, and has all my reading material on it. What more could I ask for?
Even if I don’t need to leave the house, they still need to be stored somewhere. I’m currently at a stage where everything is shelves. Even the floor.
#They are expensive
Unless you buy used books or borrow them from the library, printed books cost more than their digital versions. I was born cute, not rich.
#I can’t read them in the dark
If you like reading well into the night, chances are, you will need to turn on the light at one point. In case your other half is skilled enough to be able to sleep through even a zombie apocalypse, or you don’t share your room with anyone, this is likely not an issue. I’m a very light sleeper, need almost complete darkness, and near silence, so I’m very mindful of not disturbing anyone else either. The light on my Kindle is strong enough for me to see, but I can keep it under my blankie and not illuminate the whole room with it. That rustling noise when you turn the pages? Yeah, that kind of sounds like the creeping doom in the dead of the night.
#When bookmarks are scarce,everything is bookmarks…
Have you ever had a conversation where you were asked why do you have a pair of panties sticking out from your book? I’d love to say nor had I…
#Notes… notes everywhere
I used to write notes about books on notepads, stickies and scraps of papers, up to the point where my room resembled a serial killer’s den with all those post-its and scribbles covering everything. Not a great look if you’re trying to maintain an image of being a sane person.
So I dropped the notes, and started marking pages where I wanted to remember some quotes or other super important things. Only to forget about them instantly, and then a week later wonder what the hell was I thinking. On my kindle I can just highlight whatever I want, add a few words, or a lot if I feel like, and all my notes will be saved in one place, in the cloud.
Of course, the other side has some great arguments too! Here’s what some fellow readers said in favour of physical books.
#But that book smell…
Ew. No, really. Ew. Moving on…
#I love seeing the progress I make as I turn the pages
Me too! But I can actually have all sorts of stats on my e-books too! I love the option that I can see my progress in percentage, number of pages read, or time left in the book or chapter. With a printed book I never know if the next chapter will be a long one or a short one.
#But I love the covers, they are so pretty!
Some of them really are! There are plenty more though that aren’t.
#A good, old-school paper back feels so nostalgic
No doubt, no doubt! But wait 50 years, when you can download books directly into your consciousness (although I might be getting into sci-fi territory here), and Kindle will be super retro as well.
#Reading a printed book is a much more personal experience
I might not be a person… There were rumours that I’m an android. They might be true.
#But I just love those chunky books and can’t wait to sink my teeth into them!
I have the same sentiment towards doughnuts.
That said, after two years of being completely digital, I recently bought a few printed books from the local charity shops, because they were cheaper than the digital version, and also picked up a few new releases, purely because they were so pretty, and I wanted them on the shelf… or floor, or whatever. Don’t ask.
Whether you prefer the nostalgic experience of reading a paperback, or gravitate more towards the digital experience, I think we can agree that books are amazeballs, and bookworms rock!
What are your bookish struggles? I’d love to hear them!