I bought a second generation eReader.
I bought an iPad and downloaded the reading apps--Kindle, Nook, Oyster (R.I.P). Still--I rarely really used my eReader.
Now I can't seem to get enough of it. My iPad is a constant companion whenever I leave the house.
Here are a few reasons why I've suddenly embraced my eReader...
1. No one knows what I am reading. I really like this aspect of it. I have hardly read any books to completion since starting law school because I hardly have any time to read for fun. I've been doing better about making time at night before bed. But still, I can't really count on having the time to truly sink into a book, so I flit around quite a lot. I used to agonize about this. Now I'm totally cool with it because I'm reading what I need to read when I need to read it. Anyway, the eReader allows me some anonymity so that people can't tell how many books I've started and abandoned in a given hour, day, or week.
2. Takes up way less space in my bag. I hate feeling like a bag lady. I have always loved big purses. But I really don't want back problems later on (and I refuse to get a wheely bag like some of my fellow classmates) so I limit myself to one bag for all of my stuff, which mostly consists of school stuff. That little iPad mini takes up way less space than a paperback, let alone a massive hardcover tome.
3. Allows me to do side research if I have any questions. I am in full-on research mode. Everything I see leads to questions, which leads to research. I love being able to flip from my book to Wikipedia or the internet to find out a little bit more about what I'm reading. Yes, I could flip from a physical book to my iPhone, but this is much easier and I won't lose my place.
4. Greater variety. Yes, this is still a factor for me. I have a variety of novels, non-fiction, short stories, and essays on my eReader. I can find something to fit my mood whenever I have time to read. And I love that. Plus I have synched my New Yorker, Atlantic, and New York Times accounts so I have even more variety available. Further, I can buy something any time with just one click...which can also be dangerous, yes.
5. I feel like I read faster on my screen. I don't know why this is, but I feel like I read the pages much faster when it's from the screen. Maybe it has something to do with the font size I use. I don't know. But I like feeling like I'm taking in more.
6. No one knows what I am reading. This is such an important factor that I'm listing it again. Seriously! No one know how many books I abandon! I don't have to feel guilty. I know I shouldn't feel guilty in the first place, but I do. Or maybe it's that I feel awkward when someone asks whether I finished such and such book that I was reading last time they saw me and inevitably I have just stopped reading it. NO QUESTIONS! I love it!
Basically, my eReader has come to be a slice of freedom for me. I can read what I want, when I want, with fewer questions. And that is just what I need right now.