Did you know that today is National Read an eBook Day?
What’s that? You didn’t know! And you call yourself a reader. Tsk. Tsk.
I’m kidding. I just learned myself, about 15 minutes ago. We have exactly 5 minutes left with which to celebrate!
You may be thinking:
“National Read an eBook Day… yet another one of those retail-driven, manufactured days of celebration, like Valentine’s Day. Hurrah!”
Normally, I would agree. But unlike Valentine’s Day, (or VD, as I like to call it) I give my full support to this imaginary holiday. Any cause that promotes reading is absolutely A OK in my book (pun intended).
If you’ve never experienced the magic of reading an eBook (via tablet, desktop, laptop, mobile device… or what have you), you must do so! And soon. (I confess, it pained me a little to tell you that. I may have caused some long-dead literary figure to roll over in their crypt just by typing it, but it needed to be said.)
If you are an eBook newbie, there is no need for shame. You are not alone. I know people who are absolute wizards when it comes to using their iPhone, yet they have never once read a book on a device. For the technologically challenged, figuring out the features of an eReader can seem daunting. And then there’s the whole book snobbery factor to consider. The poo-pooing of electronic reading is a very common practice among hardcore book-wormy types. And believe me, I know of whom I speak.
It’s a well-known fact, particularly to those poor souls who’ve ever had the misfortune of helping me move, that I, Constance Keene am a true lover of real and proper books. Just two years ago if you were to tell me that someday eBook would become my primary reading source, I’d have called you a liar and a cad, and would have loudly advised you to lay off the absinthe. Today I cannot imagine not reading an eBook.
I’m not saying that I no longer have a love for reading the good old-fashioned way, but I must concede that eBooks are ridiculously practical and damned convenient! They have advantages that real books by their very nature, can never offer. For example, the promise of an exciting new read is (quite literally) right there at your fingertips, reachable with just a few clicks. Lazy boys and girls need never again leave the Lazy-Boy to pick up a book. Also, eBooks have the advantage of customization, offering adjustable content like text size and screen brightness. This alone was almost a big enough factor for me to try one out, since I live in a constant state of denial over my need for the most dreaded of all accouterments of the aged; a pair of bifocals.
Incidentally, eBook have also dramatically changed my relationship in bed. When my partner Aleister became more than just a teensy bit annoyed by the constant presence of my Itty-Bitty Book Light, I made the switch without hesitation. I still love to read old books, but when faced with a choice an old book or Aleister, I love old Aleister more.
So if you’ve never read an eBook, try it. You can always return it. Besides manufacturing holidays, retailers are also known for having excellent return policies.