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Why I Threw Out My E-reader

Why I Threw Out My E-reader

Four reasons I am switching back to printed books

Most people know me as a gadget guy. Perhaps it was bred into me as a child. I recall my mother spending a very hard-earned $3,000 on an Intel 8088 computer (the predecessor to the 286, 386, Pentium, etc.) in the mid-1980s in an effort to give me an advantage. I spent 99% of the time playing the video games FroggerKing’s Quest, and Pirates! (remember those?). I bought one of the first iPhones, and I was an early adopter of wearable fitness trackers.

About a year ago I took the plunge and began buying e-books. To date I have read about thirty books on my e-reader. I am an avid reader and typically consume three to five books each month.

But I must admit, I am going back to printed books!

Here are my four reasons for switching back:

1. Enough Screen Time Already

I spend about eight to ten hours of my day in front of a screen. Although one can argue an e-reader’s screen is not quite the same as the screen of the Mac on which I am typing this article, it is still a screen. A physical book is just easier on the eyes, in my opinion.


2. A Printed Book Offers a Reminder

Presently I am reading Give and Take by Adam Grant. As I type this article, it is sitting on the table in front of me. My eyes glance up from the computer, and I see it sitting there. It serves as a reminder to pick it up and read a few pages throughout the day. I don’t find than an e-reader offers that same reminder.


3. My Bookshelf is a Symbol of Growth

My present library contains almost 2,000 books. I treat the books like gold. They have enhanced my life so much, and I give them the respect they deserve. My bookshelf is a symbol of everything good in life. I don’t get the same feeling from an e-reader.


4. The Experience Is Richer and More Tactile

Physical books add the sensory factor of touch to the reading experience. I believe that touch goes a long way in planting the ideas from the books into the mind. After all, there are only five senses—smell, taste, hearing, touch, and sight. With an e-reader, your mind uses two of the senses (sight and touch), but every book feels the same on an e-reader. A physical book is richer: not all physical books feel the same.

What is your experience with e-readers as opposed to printed books? Do you agree or disagree with my analysis? Please comment on LinkedIn or Facebook.

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