To E-Read or Not to E-Read

I’ve thought about getting an e-reader for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is all the space it would save, but then it occurred to me: how would I feel without books all over the place?

I’m a huge fan of HGTV. I love to peek into other people’s homes. And what never ceases to amaze me is how many homes have almost no books in them. We have more bookcases than we have walls for in our house and we still don’t have enough space for all of our books. My dream is to have custom bookshelves built in every available nook and cranny in our house.

It’s not just the books I own that pose a storage problem. It’s also all the books I get out of the library. It’s not unusual for me to have 100 books out of the library at one time. Yes, there’s a borrowing limit; I just go to two different library systems. It’s like having a library of my own, all stacked up under the window in my dining room.

Why don’t I just create a to-read list? Because lists are not my style. I misplace them or never look at them. I’d rather have a plethora of books here at home made up of books I’d like to read a) in the near future, or b) sometime before I die.

I can see where an e-reader would be handy for saving long-term projects like reading the classics. A lot of them are either free or really inexpensive on e-readers and they’d be handy for odd moments when I don’t have anything else to read.

[Who am I kidding? I always have something else to read. I make sure of that. The thought of being without something to read horrifies me. I don’t know what to do with my mind when I’m not using it to read something. That’s one reason why I don’t get the writing done I’d like to: I’m always reading. I never give my mind a chance to work on something else, like an essay, or even a novel. The only thing that saves me is that I also like to read the words I’ve written.]

To me, an e-reader would just give me the opportunity to create another library, one that I can carry around with me all the time. It would also cause me to be more selective, since I’d be paying for most of them.

UPDATE: I now have a Nook and an iPad, which I can also use to read e-books. I’ll write more later about what I think of the e-reader phenomenon now that I’ve had first hand experience with it.