A Page Turner

E-readers Shouldn’t be a Thing

Assistant A&E editor Olivia Turner bashes e-readers.

As I continue to settle into my apartment months after I moved in, I’ve started to uncover items I thought were long gone. A disposable film camera, backup headphones and even old (and rather cringey) diaries. The amount of sentimental stuff I shoved into random bags and never unpacked is literally endless. One item I found didn’t spark any joy though — it actually made me cringe harder than those diary entries did.

That item was an e-reader.

I don’t remember packing that stupid thing, but it seems to have followed me.

I remember being so excited to receive that Barnes and Noble NOOK as a gift. I had long been spending all my money on books and my shelves had become so filled with them that they began to make their way to the floor. I was ready for a change and I was sure switching to a NOOK was going to be a good one, but not even 30 pages into my first e-book, I hated it with a passion.

I felt so bad I hated the gift, so I pretended to use it for years when really I kept it under my bed. Sorry, Dad, but it’s time you knew the truth. Physical books are just so much better.

“Sorry, Dad, but it’s time you knew the truth. Physical books are just so much better.”

– Olivia Turner

I seemed to have escaped the trap of e-books, unlike a lot of people I’ve come across. Though actual e-readers seem to be less popular than they were before, reading on tablets and devices is more prominent than ever. There are millions of e-books waiting to be downloaded and though it may be convenient for some, it spurs so much rage in me.

Physical books have a magic to them. The vibrant covers, the way pages feel when they float between your fingertips — even the smell of new books is amazing (better than a new car smell). They’re comforting. You can’t beat that feeling of laying in bed with a book and a cup of tea and honestly e-readers are just not as cuddly as regular books (I know firsthand).

E-books also make me feel removed from the story. Having smaller than average page size, funky text and pressing a button to turn a page is so distracting. I spend more time thinking of how much I hate reading on a screen than actually paying attention to the book itself.

I guess I honestly just don’t get the point. For me, reading is about removing myself from this technology-cluttered society, taking a step back from constantly looking at a bright screen and getting lost in a world that’s not my own. It seems contradictory to me.

My goal is to eradicate e-books from the planet. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I sure would love a world where they didn’t exist. I’ll be sure to make this point known the next time I see someone using an e-reader on CTA.

Anyway, if anyone is in the market for an e-reader, I’m selling one. Email me for inquiries.


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