Let me start with a confession: I didn’t read or like e-books until 2018. Yes, even after I published so many Kindle books myself last year. I was one of those readers who said that I needed to hold my stories in my hands to get the whole happy bookworm feeling. So what changed? First, I started exploring more authors from around the world, and unfortunately, my biggest Kolkata bookstore doesn’t stock most of these books. Second, the humans that I live with got sick of me taking up all the furniture with stacks of books. Sure, my mother is an avid reader too, but there’s not a single free surface other than the floor now. And finally, my experience as an indie author has exposed me to many other self published authors worldwide and I try to read and review several every month. The indie author community is supportive like that.
Of course, I still buy paperbacks. Like when I’m browsing at the store and see something I like. Or, if I see a book that my mother can read and enjoy too. She doesn’t use smart devices.
Recently, I read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan on Kindle and LOVED it! So I thought I’d get the paperback version to share with my mom and the other two books in the series too. As expected, my Kolkata bookstore didn’t have any of them. E-books to the rescue!
Which format do you prefer, my fellow bookworms?