I Only Want An E-Reader When I Travel

Reading on plane

I do this every time I fly on a plane. I debate on purchasing an e-reader.

Even though I’m an early adopter when it comes to technology (hello, social media!), I’m still old school when it comes books. I still prefer print copies. I love shuffling through my cityscapes of books in search of my next read. I had a revelation a few weeks ago about my aversion to e-books. I stare at a computer for many hours of my day. For work, not playing Farm Heroes Saga on Facebook (ok, maybe a little of that too). I don’t always feel like staring at another screen to read a book.

E-books have been slowly slithering their way into my life. I read e-galleys from NetGalley. Authors send me PDFs of their books. When it comes to e-books, I usually read them on my smartphone via the Kindle app. Sometimes I read on my iPad but only if I’m lounging in bed. The iPad just feels to unwieldy. Plus, who wants to wipe off sticky fingerprints every time I sit down to read on it? My kids use the iPad more than I do.

Now when I travel, the benefits of owning an e-reader are glaring. I can fit piles and piles of books in a device that will fit in my purse, all without the new book smell of course. It won’t weigh me down and I don’t have to worry about running out of something to read. I could use my phone, but reading on app drains my battery pretty quickly. The only downside of an e-reader when flying on the plane is the 15-20 minutes “no electronics” rule at the beginning and end of the flight. I still need to bring a print book for that. I can get a lot of reading done in twenty minutes!

So hear I am again, considering purchasing a Kindle Paperwhite (affiliate link). I’m going on several trips in the next four weeks, which makes a dedicated e-reader more and more attractive. Especially since Amazon has the Kindle Paperwhite on sale: $20 off with the code KINDLEPW, making it only $99. (Code might not work for everyone). If I order today, it’ll arrive in time for my trip on Thursday. Hmmm.

How do you feel about print books versus e-readers?

Photo by Fiona Harding via Creative Commons.

About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.


  1. I recently took the plunge and bought myself the Paperwhite. It’s been quite handy. I use it for Netgalley mostly and I’m still getting used to it. But, so far so good! I’m still a much bigger fan of print books though 😉

  2. Ok Im a recent convert myself. I bought myself a Kindle and downloading books have been bliss LOL. Go ahead and get it especially if the price is right.

  3. I felt the same way forever and finally got a Kobo for around $39 when Borders was going out of business. I wanted just an e-reader and that’s what it is, and I haven’t been happier. I have enjoyed it, and try really hard to keep it for reading even though I have an iPad now. Glad I made the plunge. Enjoy!

  4. I buy print books and love my Kindle. I enjoy knowing when I open my Kindle up it’s only for reading. It’s not for playing solitaire or surfing on the web. I love my Kindle, but I just made a major “real book” purchase today because I wanted to feel the real book in my hands when I’m home and for the 15 minutes I can’t turn on my Kindle on the plane.

  5. That’s too funny, you sound like me!

  6. I have an iPad and Kindle, but I much prefer to read on the Kindle because it doesn’t strain my eyes as much. It’s convenient for the galleys, but I find that the more ebooks I get for free, the more paper ones I end up buying.

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