I love books, I adore books, if I could I would marry books! I have dozens of books just sitting on the shelves, watching me with their wonderful covers …
So here’s a situation I often find myself in: I’m reading a book, a wonderful book, and I’m almost finished! Just a few pages left, and I can’t wait to reach the end. But I have to go somewhere. No problem, I’ll just take the book with me. But I only have a few pages of entertainment left … So I’ll bring another book with me to read. So, two books and some other stuff in my backpack. Not that much, but quite inconvenient.
Another situation I’m well known to: I’m going on a holiday, and of course I’m bringing a book. I read about one book in two days or less, so I usually bring a lot of books with me on vacation. The airline companies love me! I always have to pay extra because my suitcase is too heavy.
So, what are the downsides of these two situation? Although the airline companies like me very much, my back isn’t that pleased with me carrying around all those books. Also, despite me bringing a lot of books, I usually still find myself left with nothing to read anymore (it’s amazing how much one person can read in a short period of time …) and I go on a hunt for some books in English (because when going to a foreign country, the chances that you will find a book in Dutch are not that big). I have a hard time saying goodbye to books, so I take them home with me, where they start to collect dust.
I think books are wonderful. I’ve always been an avid reader and I’m pretty sure I always will be. But lets face it, all those books may be good for our minds, but not so good for the environment. Think about all the paper that you need for making books and all the ink to print them. I’m pretty sure I have a few trees worth of books lying around the house.
I DO NOT say people should stop writing, publishing, buying, and reading books! Books are freedom, or at least, that’s how I think about it. But maybe there’s an other alternative for reading books …
For a long time I was very against e-readers. But after reading a bit about the effects of books on the environment I came to the conclusion that I would have to compromise. I don’t want to stop reading, but I also don’t want the environment to suffer because of me. So I got myself an e-reader. And o boy, I’m a fan! At first, it felt a bit strange, reading from a screen that looks exactly like the pages of a book. But after I got used to it, it was wonderful! I can carry around all the books I want, they don’t take any place up in my house, it’s not that bad for the environment and the screen is kind to my eyes. O yes, the e-reader is very minimalistic.
Having doubts about getting one because you like paper books so much? I know the feeling. But then I realized I can still borrow real books at the library!
Yes, an e-reader is a bit of an investment. I got myself a Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 (I know the Kindle is big in the USA, but not in Europe), which is 150,00 EUR (that’s around 188 USD (although I’ve seen online that you can get one for around 120 USD) and around 120 GBP). I also got myself a vegan-friendly cover (I didn’t even knew that those things existed, until I went on a search for something different than a leather cover) to protect the e-reader.
Conclusion: I’m very pleased with my e-reader! I like that you can borrow e-books at the library, that you can find free books only and buy books online you can read right away. Maybe you consider getting one too? Go and see if you can try one out at the store or at a friend’s house. If you have any questions, just let me know.