Ever since the e-book device has come into existence, the war between paper and plastic has struck up once again. I honestly hold no sides favor, always straddling the fence. Why can’t we just get along? I don’t see what the big deal is about reading an actual book versus using an electronic device. I have a Kindle Fire, which was a Christmas gift from my mother, and an overstuffed bookcase. Hey guess what? You can have both guys!!! OMG Yes it is true! You don’t have to burn your books just because you have a Nook or a Kindle or whatever! And you don’t have to order every book physically that you have read on your Kindle. You can do both guys. But of course there are people who have to be so fucking God damn extreme. People will find problems with EVERYTHING.
My thing with books is that I love them. I always have. I grew up reading and going to the library. That’s what we did. I loved it and then fell out of love with it but really got back into it in middle school. When I read The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, my love for books renewed again. And I went to the library in search for more. The library is 2 minutes from my house and was on my way to middle school. I was there almost everyday dropping off books, picking up books, and searching for new ones. Everyone knew me there and in high school that was my hangout spot. As lame as that sounds but I met a lot of cool people there and we had some good times hanging out and being silly. And I was surrounded by books. I haven’t been since because I owe the library like $100 lol. Sooooo, that is a major reason as to why I’m not there all time checking out books. Def need to get that shit resolved.
So I ordered books off Ebay and Half.com, or wherever I could get them cheap. Used, I didn’t care. I used to buy books from the library book sale for 10 and 50 cents. I came home with piles of books all the time. I was always reading in high school, I had no life. I wasn’t allowed to go out with my friends, I couldn’t watch tv because my mom and brother were always watching what they wanted to watch. I got sick of watching crap I wasn’t into and reading became my ultimate escape. It still is, but I don’t read non stop as I did then. I really had no other outlets besides my terrible poetry that I post from time to time. Anyway, I hate getting rid of my books, and I have kept most of what I read and haven’t read yet. But I just have no more space to it. Between my ever-growing clothes, makeup, and jewelry collection, there just isn’t room. And honestly nobody got the money for alla that. If I didn’t owe the library anything, my ass would totally be down there, especially since the revamped it. But I also don’t have the space to put all those books. I read some comics and mangas as well, and those can have endless amounts of volumes. You the hell has space for that?? Not me that’s for sure. My mom already wanted me to throw a bunch of my books away and I just can’t bear to part with them. Especially the ones I love and collector edition covers. I have the Barnes and Nobles Grimm Fairy Tales edition, and I just love it!
Some times you just need to buy the book. And I haven’t stopped buying books. If it’s $5 I will snatch that sucker up! A book’s a book dammnit! And I buy my little cousin books all the time. I have to because the love of books and reading is the greatest gift you can give, and you have to make sure to tell this new generation that you still must read. It’s so important to me for them to get that. So as much as I really fucking love books, I just don’t have the space. I do believe you should still buy books, especially the fancy bound ones, but that doesn’t make it any better than an electronic reader. People are always like oh, I need to feel it in my hand and turn the pages. For me I see no nothing in that. I like it but I’m not going to die if I’m not physically holding it. And neither will you.
My thing with my Kindle is that I love it. I really freakin do! I don’t understand this fear of oh it will run out of battery! *in my best Ask Ashley voice* THEN TAKE THE FREAKING CHARGER, CONNECT IT TO THE FREAKIN KINDLE, AND PLUG IT INTO THE FREAKIN WALL!!!! MAAAAANNN!!!!! Really guys? Come on. Your phone can die if you use it, and that’s an essential part of your life isn’t it? How much God damn reading are you doing that your Kindle drops dead so fast? And you can’t charge it while you read? I didn’t know that was illegal. Battery life never was an issue for me. And I have all my apps on there. My email, Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, and games for days. And I have a ton of fuckin books on there. Oh yeah everyone’s like, but you’re supposed to read only and all that other stuff is a distraction and you’re not using it for the right reason. Cry me a river. Sometimes you just don’t want to read. There are other things you can do. And I love it because it’s like a tablet and you can do some many things on it. If you only have that on you, you’re good. I keep most of my apps on there and off my phone, so my phone isn’t cluttered with so much crap. Oh and it is has a camera.
I love all these things about it, and you know what I really love? The fucking prices!!!!!!! You cannot beat the prices. Some books just don’t go down, and especially true for the comics. But I don’t mind. Sometimes things go down to 99 cents, or they’re free. FREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! What’s cheaper than free? Nothing. One time, all the books in the Wicked series went down to $1.99. $1.99!!!!! Best believe I snatched that up quick, pressing buy buy. It still holds the same excitement of buying a real book, but I feel it more because I constantly find deals. They’re constantly going down to $2-3 and I cannot help myself but to snatch that up fast. Also, authors seem to be making a lot novellas that are for e readers only, and I am super obsessive. I have to read everything in order and I don’t want to miss a damn thing. With this, I know I’m not. I was never one of those people who marked up their books, but I know people complain what about that. Well you can still do it. You can highlight, make notes, do whatever you want and get to it fast. I like that you can look at the x-ray and see the guts of the book. If there is something I need to see, or by a certain character, you just look up the name and find what you need fast. I don’t know a word, there it is to tell me what it is. I just really like the ease of it.
I have no clue of what’s with the hate with e readers. I just don’t get it. I have all my books one place, the prices are constantly lowering, and it is multi-functional. Also, I don’t need a book light to read it at night. You don’t know how many of those I have bought and lost or broke over the years. The struggle of reading by my window or cellphone light. Never again. And I don’t know but when I see all those book on my Kindle screen, I want to read all my books just as much as if they were sitting there right in front of me. It’s not about it holding more books and that’s cool. For me, I can just interact with my book better. And I DO like that it can hold more books, because when I’m done with one book in the series, I can go right to the next non stop. For me it is functional, because I don’t have anymore space for books, or money, until I pay off my huge library debt. And with the amount of books that I read, all of them seem to turn into a series these days, it is just more practical. And every series turns into a manga these days, so those can easily have 20 in a series, I really don’t have the space. For this, the Kindle really is a plus for me and I really like it because of that. And I do want the manga because the clothes are so cute and I like to look at the styles and get ideas. Though I haven’t designed anything in years. Let’s hope I haven’t lost that superpower.
That’s my rant on the whole real books and e books. When I become a writer I def want my actual book to be in stores, don’t get me wrong. I always love the physical book. But after awhile, because or space and money, it is very practical. But it is really up to you and what you love. I love both. I am not opposed to carrying a book and my Kindle. Both worlds can coexists peacefully together. Stop being so damn racist! Or bookist! Or e readerist! Something like that.
But in the end, it’s all about reading and escaping and falling in love with that story and those characters. No matter how you get there.