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Learning to love e-readers

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My name is Alice and I am a book addict. I have loved reading ever since I learned how to do it, and as a child could always be found clutching a book – while eating dinner, in the bath, walking down the street! As an adult, I have just graduated with a degree in English Literature, so have spent three years doing even more reading than usual.

As a result, I have a lot of books. My room is full of huge stacks, from childhood favourites to those I haven’t even read yet. So when I decided to move to Spain to work as a language assistant with the British Council, I faced a big problem. I had one suitcase for a ten-month stay, so I had to learn to pack lightly. Normally, I bring at least ten books on a two-week holiday (I like to have options!), so it would be impossible to pack enough for a whole year. My Spanish is not good enough to read whole novels yet, and I didn’t know I would find English language bookshops in Sevilla, so I couldn’t rely on buying books when I arrived. My only option was e-books.

The problem? I have always hated e-readers! I even wrote an article about it for my coursework when I was at school. I love physical books and bookshops so much, and e-books seemed emotionless and scientific in comparison. But in Spain, my choice was e-books or no books, so my brother and sister-in-law bought me an Amazon Kindle for my birthday in the summer, with an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland case to make it look like a real book.

Now I have been in Spain for one month and am on my sixth e-book, and I’m starting to love my Kindle! I still prefer real books, and have four of my favourites with me for comfort*, but the e-reader means I never have to worry about running out of reading material. There are some elements I hate, such as the feature which tells you how much you have read as a percentage, but in general it has become one of my most important possessions!

*For those interested, the lucky few are – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford and, of course, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.


Do you prefer e-readers or physical books?


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bookishgirl 28 July, 2022 - 12:36

Hey! I usually prefer reading books physically like paperbacks and especially hardcovers!! But, unfortunately, hardcovers have been too expensive in my country for a few years. Then I turned to paperbacks. But paperbacks became too expensive this time. So prefer reading non-copyright books and stories online, especially in English not the ones that translated into my native language. I can highly recommend reading George Orwell 's books which are not copyrighted anymore!

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liz01 3 April, 2022 - 21:20

I consider that emojis are a means of communication between people from all over the world, since they are not based on languages ​​or regions, rather they are understandable to everyone. However, I consider that it is not feasible to replace them with a language since conversations can be distorted.

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hermione123 16 April, 2021 - 14:11

I didn't really like the idea of e-book in the first place. I thought that it was tiring because we'll always look at our gadget screen. And I didn't know how to download it too. But since the pandemic, I was run out of books to read and I should read something, at that time I thought that if I buy books it'll cost way more money than if i download e-book. So, I download some english e-book to improve my english that turned out to be mind-blowing. Now I always prefer e-book than book, because it's far cheaper, and most various than book.

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