Sunday, January 31, 2010

eBooks are here!

I confess. I am a die-hard book lover. The feel of a book in my hands is something I always felt was integral to the reading experience. I am also a book collector, and have over a thousand volumes on my personal shelves. Perhaps it is because of this that my husband gave me an eReader for Christmas. He must have known that I would never STOP reading or buying books. However, that being said, the eReader is an exciting development.

The first book I read on my new reader was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Once I got used to turning the pages with the mere swipe of my thumb on the eReader's screen, I became immersed in the story. I highly recommend the experience and I am confident that in the future more and more reading will be done this way.

In addition to the several internet sites that provide access to free ebooks, the Halifax Public Libraries currently holds over 2800 ebook titles!! The book, once downloaded onto your reader will expire after 14 days. At this time you can delete it from your reader. No going to the library to return books, and you can place holds and download them from home as well. I think this would be a real advantage for anyone with mobility problems. Another great feature of the eReader is that you can adjust the font size to suit yourself.

Reading the e way will never totally replace book reading for this bibliophile, but it sure makes a wonderful additional way to curb those reading cravings.

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