Let’s Get Digital
by Jessica Scott – check out her book, BECAUSE OF YOU – on sale now.
I’m not a big person for New Years Resolutions. Honestly, it’s just another way of lying to myself. I’m not going to say I’m giving up swearing because, well, we all know that will last all of three days, if that. That said, I did decide this year that I wanted to read more because while I was in command last year, I did not make time to read that much and I miss my books.
I read anything, quite honestly. I always have been a bookworm, since as far back as I can remember. I’m not sure why books have always been my happy place but they are and I’m glad for it. But we’re in the middle of a transition period for the written word and it will be interesting to see how this whole thing shakes out.
First and foremost, I do not believe that physical books are dead. Not by a long shot. Even as a digitally published author, I still want to be able to get the physical book if something warrants my keeper shelf and yet, for purely economically reasons, I understand why some books will not be put into physical print these days. While I was in Iraq, I experienced first hand the frustration of trying to get my hands on a digital book that I really wanted to read and I couldn’t. So I was not always a big cheerleader of the digital book. I even wrote a blog post a few years ago when the iPad first came out about why it would not kill physical books and you can read it here if you’re interested.
But over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a slow transition in my habits. My reading time has always been on the elliptical, stair stepper or treadmill. My buddies in Iraq always laughed because they’d see me on the stair stepper going to town, headphones blaring and holding open the pages of a book. It was a way for me to tune out the world and disappear from the dust and the dirt and the constant human contact. Books were my refuge in Iraq and I’m so so grateful for everyone who took the time to send me more.
Since coming home, though, and stepping back into the daily grind of garrison life, my time on the elliptical has been cut short and as a result, the books I was able to read were trimmed down dramatically. I read the entire Hunger Games series last year in about 4 days on my iPad and I loved it because I didn’t have to go to the store to get the next book, I could just click buy. But at the end of that 4 days, my eyes were shot and I was exhausted. I’ve also noticed that I can’t read on my iPad near bedtime because sure enough, it wakes me right up and while I love staying up and reading far into the night, that’s not so good of a plan if I have to wake up at 5 am to make it to formation on time and be somewhat coherent.
All that said, the bulk of the books I read last year were digital. If they weren’t, I often found that I would leave the book on my nightstand and slowly but surely, it would migrate to the bookshelf, unfinished. If it was on my iPad, I could switch between my ipad, my phone and my computer to keep reading when I had five minutes here or ten minutes here. I love waiting in lines because of this very factor alone.
So I’ve come to the realization that if I want to read more, the way that will happen is digitally. I still want the physical books that touch me enough to make my keeper shelf. I’ll be buying a hard copy of Susan Ee’s Angelfall as soon as it is available and I won’t even complain that I had to buy it twice because it was that good of a book to me. Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, while I may read it in digital, I’ll keep it in physical. Maybe that will change down the road but I doubt it. Books have been too important in my life for too long for that to change. I won’t say never, though.
So I hope that as publishing continues to transition, they come up with a way for readers like me to discover new authors and read their books on whatever platform they prefer but that there is also a way for readers like me to purchase a hard copy of my favorite books.
So tell me, readers, has digital changed the way you read or are you still a physical book person? Remember, every week 5 randomly chosen US winners receive a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!!