I most definitely was! I already stare at a monitor for eight hours a day at work, so the idea of coming home and doing it some more didn’t exactly appeal to me. The main reason being that I got Lasik eye surgery three years ago and ever since then my eyes get dry faster, especially in the winter with the heat going full blast. Before I used to be able to push myself through it and keep reading, but now I get to a point where I just physically can’t. Thank goodness for audiobooks and Kindle’s text-to-speech feature!
As the years have progressed and eReaders have gotten better, I find that I actually prefer reading on my Kobo now. The backlight is super convenient—I can read beside my guy at all hours of the night without disturbing him—and it’s always at the ideal brightness. No more constantly adjusting my lamp or finding the least annoying place to clip my booklight. And, no more replacing the impossible-to-find batteries that go in the latter. It’s available at the click of a button, and I can make it as bright or as dim as I want depending on how much I’ve abused my eyes that day.
I also like the storage aspect of eReaders because let’s face it, although I would LOVE to have a library like Bella in Beauty and the Beast, I live in a tiny bungalow where space is extremely limited. So, being able to store my books on my computer’s hard drive and on my Kobo/Kindle is a huge benefit as well. Then there’s the one-click buy side to it; if I want to purchase and read a novel the day it comes out, I can. No more making “special” trips to the bookstore (it’s a 45 minute drive!) or having to go to the post office to pick-up my latest shipment (I live in the country where there’s no door-to-door mail delivery). And, then of course there’s all the nifty features eReaders have; the dictionary is handy, Kindle’s text-to-speech works ok in a pinch, and I like the stats too because they help estimate reading times.
Ooh, and I can’t forget the prevalence of digital ARCs! I live in Canada, so physical advanced copies can be hard to come by because of the cost of shipping, but practically ever publisher is willing to send me a file to review. So yeah, I went from being a reluctant eReader reader, to being completely and utterly hooked in less than three years. LOL How about you?