I honestly thought I'd never do it. Read an e-book, that is. It's not that I have anything against e-readers, but I just thought that it wasn't really my thing. I prefer the texture of the pages, the physical act of flipping those pages ... and that new book smell. Really can't go wrong with that new book smell.
So I just thought that the e-reading experience couldn't possibly be better than my experiences reading a physical book.
But then we got an iPad for Christmas, and it's just SO FUN. Keeping up to date with Twitter is easier, rather than deciding to turn on the laptop in order to see what's been tweeted throughout the day. (Yes, I still haven't jumped aboard the smartphone train -- so the computer has been my only means of checking into Twitter). And then I started thinking about Netgalley, and the possibility of being able to review books before they were released. So I decided to join, not really expecting to have any of my requests approved, since I'm still a fairly new blogger and all.
Imagine my surprise when my first four requests were approved! For books that aren't even out on the bookshelves yet! How cool is that?!? I immediately started reading one -- excited to try out this e-reading thing.
Now that I have, it's fun and all, but I'm not sure that I'm completely sold on the idea. I have this weird habit of always flipping forward into the book to see how long the chapter is, then tucking my bookmark into the end of the chapter. Then, I read to the chapter end and decide at that time if I can read another chapter before baby needs my attention, or the washing machine is finished, or any other multitude of things that tear my attention away from reading these days. But with an e-reader, I can't tell how long the chapter is, and that's throwing me off a little.
I also wonder how a book with footnotes would work on an e-reader. I'm currently reading The Boyfriend List (a physical copy though) and there's footnotes added into the story, some of which start on one page and then continue onto the next page. I find the footnotes a little irritating to begin with, and I know they would drive me MAD if I was reading this book in e-format.
All in all, I'm happy that I'm giving this e-reading thing a go. For those of you that have e-readers, is reading on an actual e-reader (like a Kindle) better than reading on an iPad? I downloaded Bluefire for the iPad -- any recommendations on another app to try? Anything that might solve my minor chapter length irritation?