I’ve recently seen some comments around the interwebs that discussing whether eReaders were a foolish purchase when you could have a tablet. A tablet lets you read a book and surf the internet and your social networks. Why buy an eReader when you can spend just a couple hundred more and get the latest iPad?
I’m far from an authority figure on this, but I personally like a dedicated eReader. I have a Kobo. I don’t yet have an iPad, but I might get one in the spring… but even then, I suspect I’ll still use my eReader for my ebooks.
Why? I sometimes read ebooks on my iPhone, so it’s equivalent enough to an iPad. What happens when I read? I get a Facebook notification so I go and check it out, then I get an email so I read it and respond, and if the chapter is boring I might dip into a quick game. I find the strength of a dedicated eReader is that it forces me to focus on just the reading.
I often read for an hour before bed. That’s a time where I want to unwind and allow my brain to settle down and prepare for sleep. If I read on my iPhone, with its numerous distractions, then I get sucked into multiple things and my brain goes haywire keeping up with it all… and I don’t unwind. I also don’t focus on the story I’m reading. But when I read from my Kobo, I just read and do nothing else. I give the book the attention it deserves and I fully engage in one of my favourite hobbies.
But maybe that’s just how I operate? I’m sure some people can read on a tablet or phone and not get distracted by all the bells and whistles.
What do you prefer? Tablet or eReader?