In December I read my first ever ebook and I thought I would tell you my experience. I have a policy that I will only review books in hard format but it was a Net Galley for Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones and I loved Wintersong. As the publisher is in the US they don’t ship ARCs to the merry old land of Oz, so I said yes to an ebook.
What I Liked
The main thing that I liked about reading an ebook was the ability to read in the dark. It was quite nice not having a light on and reading a book. It was a different experience to what I was used to.
Another aspect that was a positive for me was my ability to sneak in reading. My kids are used to me reading the news off a device while they eat their breakfast and I could easily sneak in a chapter without it going noticed. Normally there would be a myriad of questions from my toddler if he saw me with a physical book and he would want to “read” it himself and turn the pages, so sneaking reading was great.
What I Didn’t Like
Despite adjusting the screen it still hurt my eyes. I have always struggled with reading on screens and the ebook was no exception. I couldn’t read it for too long before it strained my eyes. I don’t have this issue with a physical book, so that sucked a bit.
I also missed not having a physical book to hold. When reading I like to flick through and see how many pages are in a chapter so I can decide if I will hop up after a chapter is finished or just a page. This wasn’t the easiest to do with an ebook. I also like to flick through the coming pages to see if a character I am interested in is going to reappear soon. Again, I know technically you can do these things with an ebook, but it is much simpler with a physical copy.
I definitely prefer to hold a physical book as well, feeling the pages and the cover (especially of it is pretty and embossed 😍). Oddly enough I also love looking a physical books on my shelves and it’s not the same in an ereader.
Overall, I think that if the book wasn’t so compelling I would have given up and just purchased a hard copy when it is released. Will I read one again? Only if I can’t access a hard copy. Sorry trees.
Do you read ebooks? What do you like/dislike about it??
As always happy reading (no matter what format you use to do it) x