Why Kindle or any book reading app will never work for me
Shruti Sharma

I love the smell of fresh books, too!

But I still use my ereader very often.

“The smell of the book, it’s fresh pages”— that’s something I can certainly relate to!

And not just fresh books, but also old books — you know? Old books that I or my grandparents have had for long time, old books that have been passed down for generations. The feeling that something’s been used, read by numerous people. Or even the fact that it’s old but has still been kept carefully, handled with care, so it’s almost as good as new with only the yellow pages giving it away.

I don’t think a bubble saying 678 people have read this book can ever have that much effect.

I also identify with the bookmarks. Not just a page-fold icon on the corner, but actually many things. Handmade bookmarks given to me by someone. Scraps of paper that were lying around, whose origin I can only guess at. Even Flipkart’s ‘Reason #39 To Use This Bookmark’.

And it’s not just bookmarks I find in there, but also other things that have been used to mark books. Postcards, notepad scribbles, and sometimes even whole letters find their way in. Preserved there between the pages, to be rediscovered only years later.

Maybe I’ll even find someone else’s letters, heh, heh. (OK fine, I won’t read them).

I still have an old punch-card, the type that was used to program computers before hard-disks and things came along. I believe it was my grandfather’s, saved in the pages of Burnham’s Celestial Handbook so I could get to see it a couple of generations later. Instead of saving the page, the page began saving it.

So, having said all that, here’s my reason for using a digital ereader

No, it’s not what you think.

I don’t have a Kindle, but I do have a Kobo Touch ereader. (Almost the same thing, just by a different company).

Do I use it to read? Yes. A lot.

Do I use it to read books? Nope.

I use my kobo (as I’ve started calling it) in synchronisation with Pocket. Pocket is a service to save online articles to read later.

So, when I’m browsing the web and stumble upon a long article I want to read, I save it to Pocket. Then, when I’m ready, I open up my kobo which automatically downloads the articles so I can read it there.

I find reading on the kobo much easier on my eyes than staring at the computer or (God forbid!) smartphone, because of its epaper technology which doesn’t cause a glare. I use it for articles all the time. And, as a bonus, there are no apps and other notifications to distract me.

So there’s my reason for using an ereader. But it’s got nothing to do with books.

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