Blogger Confessions - I can't read Kindle Books...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

So, I've felt compelled to share a little secret I've been struggling with for quite a while now...
 
I can't read Kindle books. Or any ebooks in general.
 
Now, that's not to say that I don't read them on occasion. For the most part, I read ebooks through eARC releases via Netgalley or other publishers or - on a very rare occurrence - if the book was an ebook release only. A prime example was Katie McGarry's Breaking the Rules. I was SO stoked for that book but when I found out it was only going to be an ebook, I about cried.
 
One, because I have all of McGarry's books in hardback SIGNED on my shelf and I wanted to whole series to complete it. But secondly because I just hate reading Kindle books.
 
I guess you could argue the fact that I need glasses is the reason why I don't like them. Staring at a screen for hours on end makes my eyes ache, true, but that isn't the reason why it takes forever for me to finish a Kindle book.
 
I guess you could argue that it's a pain in the ass to actually access your Kindle Library or download books when you aren't in a wifi zone. That's a part of it, true.
 
But, Brittany, you argue - it's so much more convenient! Instead of lugging around a ton of heavy books, you have a ton at your fingertips! Instead of paying full price, you get digital copies as a discount! It's more environmentally friendly! It's the future of literature!
 
But let's just be honest with ourselves here. Ebooks will never be able to replace physical books. They don't look pretty on a shelf, you don't get the satisfaction of turning the page, you can't break the spine of a well-worn and well loved ebook, and you certainly don't get that new or old book smell with a digital download.
 
Not to mention that it's an absolute pain to try and borrow ebook copies from public libraries. You have to download a certain app. You have to sign up with your cards and all your freakin' information, which takes an hour to navigate. And when you finally get to renting your copy, you figure out that there's a fucking month long wait for a book that's been out for years. That's right. I wanted to read The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford and the wait for an ebook was ONE WHOLE MONTH! I mean, really?
 
 
You don't have that problem when you go and buy a cheap paperback copy for $5. UGH!
 
All my prejudices against ebooks, aside. I really just legitimately have a hard time working my way through an ebook.
 
Don't believe me? Here's the evidence:
 
Physical Book: Fairest by Marissa Meyer: Started and Finished February 6th, 2015
 
Ebook: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry: January 22nd - 29th.
 
Physical Book: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare - December 31st - January 5th
 
Ebook: Taken for English by Olivia Newport: August 28 - September 7th
 
Physical Book: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: January 7th - 14th
 
Ebook: Murder Simply Brewed by Vanetta Chapman: February 10 - STILL NOT FINISHED!
 
That's an average of roughly four days per physical book and around TWO WEEKS for an ebook.
 
In all honesty, I think I just get bored of ebooks too quickly. I keep reading and "turning pages" in the story on my Kindle and it doesn't seem as if I make any progress at all. Seeing the progress bar at the bottom of the screen just isn't the same as seeing how many pages you've read and how many you have to go with the book physically in your hands.
 
 And it doesn't really matter if it's the author or genre. All the ebooks mentioned before are genres I really enjoy or authors I've loved in the past, but as soon as I go to read their word through an ebook, I'm immediately stuck.
 
Do you guys have a similar problem? Any tips of trying to muck through ebooks? Because I have quite a few to read for review and my progress is a resounding 0. PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who goes through this because right now I feel like an idiot!
 

 
Well, thanks for listening to my rant! Feel free to comment your ebook woes, rants or praises. I guess I'm off to attempt to read!

23 comments :

  1. I also have a hard time with reading them, but I get a lot of eARCs so I kind of have to. It's a lot easier than reading ebooks on my laptop! I try to only read on my Kindle for a chapter at a time and then do something, and I rotate between physical copy and ebook. It helps prevent my migraines when I do that.

    I know a lot of people say that the Paperwhite is the best Kindle to get for people who struggle with ebooks because it mimics the look of a real book, but I haven't tried that one.

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    1. Yeah, like I said, I probably wouldn't even read them if it weren't for direct to ebook releases and the eARCS. I'll have to try rotating between the physical books and the Kindle. Hopefully it will help! Thanks, girl!

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  2. I used to have this problem too. I've just gotten used to it by basically only using my kindle. All of the sudden, I went from hating e-readers to loving them. It took a few weeks, and it probably won't work for everyone, but just using it more and more often made me tune out all the things I didn't like and realize things that I did. Like notes; so much easier to take and retrieve on the kindle. And the fact that I can finally pet my dog and read at the same time. XD

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    1. Wow, that must have taken a lot of dedication! I think I'd cry if I completely quit physical books cold turkey. XD I'm glad it worked for you, though! I bet it makes it a lot easier to read now!

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  3. I used to totally prefer real books, but I've found that I've gotten more and more used to ebooks and I now actually will sometimes prefer them - for the convenience and the ease of reading (I'm sick right now and honestly holding onto the regular book I've been reading is a pain!). Sorry you're not a fan of them, though!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Haha, that's true. At least when you're sick you don't have to worry about holding it if it's on your Kindle. XD Hope you feel better soon~

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  4. I love them personally but I can see why they aren't for everyone. But that is the beauty of having choices, so that hopefully we all find something we like. :)

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    1. Very true! As long as people are reading, I guess we can't complain! ;)

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  5. I hate ebooks as well. I get the whole fancy thing about them and they are convenient sometimes but I just can't deal with them and when people say they are the future of literature I wanna crawl into a corner and cry forever. I'm in love with physical copies and that will never change

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    1. Me, tooo! We need to designate a certain corner for the physical book lovers, lol. =P

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  6. I hate ebooks as well! It takes me way longer to read them since I can't take them to school to read during free time and alll. It also hurts my eyes badly.

    ~Cari @ My Addiction: Books

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    1. Me, too. I can take my iPad to college with me, so that's not my problem, but I can definitely see how it would be problematic for people in high school and stuff. Ugh!

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  7. I really like e-books for certain books; it does make buying them easier and you the price is usually better. However, I'm a bigger fan of physical books you can hold. I do think they are easier to focus on sometimes, and the smell of actual books? Heavenly! haha

    -Lauren

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    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only book-sniffer around. ;D
      And true, while ebooks have their own unique flair, I think I will always prefer physical books.

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  8. HAHA I stumbled upon your blog because this post intrigued me, and I have to say, you make valid points in your argument. I guess for me, yes I absolutely prefer physical copies, but recently, my mom made me sell most of them away as she started ranting about space and all :( HAHA. So I got a Kindle, and decided that I have to read ebooks, BUT sigh, I totally miss physical copies, and at times, I secretly buy those books! HAHA.

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    1. Aww, well thanks for stopping by! It means a lot! ^-^
      That's terrible that your mom made you get rid of your real books! Go behind her back and rebuild that collection. ;)

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  9. I agree with you 100%!!!

    My personal reasons as to why books > kindle are:
    I spend too much time using electronics anyway, reading is a good way to escape that.
    The book smell.
    Bookmarks. I'm sorry but bookmarks a haha.
    And I also just like how books feel compared to e-readers.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. I have to agree with all your points here. I hadn't really thought about how much I use technology, seeing as it's a daily thing that's become a large part of my life, but reading physical books is definitely a nice distraction.
      And I have a massive bookmark collection, lol.

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  10. For my series I want a physical copy, anything else I'm open to e-books. Especially considering Amazon has a ton of free books.

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    1. Very true. I love having the whole series sitting pretty on the shelf - it's even better if they're hardback and signed! I come close to breaking down and crying when my favorite books don't get a real, physical book release. =(

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  11. LOL I don't love ebooks myself. I'm a print girl if I can do them but I can manage the ebooks and it takes me about the same amount of time. I read on my phone and that helped me a lot. I prefer it to my e-tablet.

    Not sure if you have the option but can make your kindle flip pages like a book would? I think it's teh Nook that has that. Where it actually looks like you're turning the pages not just swiping the screen.

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