When personal computers entered the average consumer's home in the 1980s, I was barely a teenager. Even so, I swore I would never use them. A typewriter worked just fine. Or even good old pen and ink. I filled entire spiral notebooks with the novels I wrote, so who needed a machine for that anyway? Jane Austen didn't need it! Emily Bronte never had one.
That ideaology worked okay until college when all of my papers had to be typed. Using eraser ribbon and retyping documents over and over again lost it's charm when I could just hit the back space on the computer.
In the late 80s, I doubled down in my commitment to the vinyl album. By the 1990s, a cassette tape was perhaps acceptable, but no CDs for me! That worked until my boom boxes started eating my cassette tapes, and no one could buy a vinyl album anymore. Once I bought my first CD and understood the superiority of the sound and how easy it was to change from song to song, I reconsidered my position.
So..surprise, surprise! When the ebook emerged on the scene, I assured everyone that I was a physical book tee-totaller. Nope! No electronic books for me! I like the feel of the book in my hand, thank you very much.
Then, just last winter, I discovered a Kindle app on my cell phone. Out of sheer necessity (because I needed the book fast), I read the entirety of Howard's End on my iPhone 5. Strangely, I found that I kind of liked it. I could read at night with the lights out and no fear of disturbing my sleeping husband. And it really wasn't difficult like I expected it to be--even on my phone.
This past Christmas when my parents asked what I wanted for Christmas, I took the plunge and asked for one. Since then, I've scarcely read a book on anything else. As a matter of fact, I find I've read more books than I have in years because they are so accessible and I can read like I used to do as a kid (late into the night).
What do you think about ebooks?