If you’ve been following this blog, you might know that I love to read. I’m not a fast reader and I don’t read as much as many other people, but reading is something I enjoy. It opens new worlds to me and widens my perspective.
Recently I found something that pretty much revolutionizes my reading life: Kobo. I first heard about it from a comment by M. A. Tohami (thanks Tohami!). Kobo is an online book store that allows you to buy e-books and read them on a device of your choice.
I know this is an old thing for you who live in the United States and some other countries. Amazon has been doing it since 2007 with the release of Kindle. And Apple has also entered the space in 2010 with iBooks. But neither the Kindle or iBooks is available in the country where I live, Indonesia. For me, the best available way was to buy physical books from Amazon. There are two problems with it:
- Shipping cost. Since I live far away from the United States, it costs a lot to ship a book. Shipping costs almost as much as the book itself. This makes getting those books relatively expensive.
- Shipping time. It takes about three weeks for the books to arrive through postal mail. I could get them sooner using FedEx, but it would cost too much.
Now with Kobo, I can eliminate those two problems. Unlike Kindle or iBooks, Kobo is available here. And, being e-books, there’s no shipping cost or shipping time. The price of most e-books are cheaper than the physical ones at Amazon (most e-books cost $9.99) and I can download them immediately. To read the e-books, I use the Kobo app on my iPod Touch.
Not only does it cost less time and money to get the books, but also I prefer to read e-books this way than reading physical books. Here are three reasons why:
- I can easily bring the books everywhere. Since all the books are in my iPod touch, I can simply put the device into my pocket and bring it everywhere I go. Whenever I have spare time during the day (for example, while waiting in a queue), I can take the device and read a book.
- The size is smaller. The size of the iPod Touch is smaller than a physical book. This makes reading more convenient for me. I can hold the device with just one hand and use my finger to flip through the pages.
- I can read in any position I want. The screen itself has a light source, so I don’t depend on external light for reading. This means that I can read in practically any position and condition. In bed, before sleeping, I often read a few pages. Sometimes I even read in the dark.
All in all, I now read more than before because it’s more convenient to read.
One more advantage I haven’t mentioned is space. Physical books take space, but e-books don’t. Replacing physical books with e-books mean that I would save a significant amount of space in the years to come.
What about you? Do you prefer to read e-books or physical books?
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