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Ereaders: A New Friendship

I am a person who clings stubbornly to my ways when it comes to technology, even when there's no reason for it. I only just got a smartphone this year. I've always been more of a desktop than a laptop person, despite the inconvenience of not being able to move my computer around. It took me forever to warm up to the idea of programs like Spotify or Rhapsody, because CDs, and when Hulu first became A Thing, I was pretty sure it would end up being pointless.

So as you might guess, I did not warm quickly to the notion of ereaders. One of my favorite things about reading is that great moment when you get your new book(s) home from the bookstore (or out of the box if you ordered them online) and they're so shiny and pretty and all different sizes and they smell like paper. I like arranging them on my alphabetically-organized shelves and seeing how beautiful they look beside the other books.

I know that a lot of people feel this way about books—they're just so wonderful to hold in your hands; it's part of the reading experience. There's something very different about reading a book in electronic form than, say, watching Parks and Recreation on Hulu Plus instead of cable.

When I first got a Kindle two years ago, I had no intention of using it to read ebooks. I just thought it would be a good tool for beta reading and for editing my own manuscripts. And it is. It's become invaluable to me for both of those purposes. It took months before I actually purchased any books for it, but once I started doing so, I realized that as much as I treasured my paper books, these ebooks could be great, too. It's a different reading experience, but not a worse one. I think I will always love paper books more--there is something about them that just feels so real--but I see a lot of merit in ebooks now, not only as a reader, but as a writer, especially with our technology-loving society these days.

What about you? How do you feel about ereaders?

Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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