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!