I have to admit, I was a little unsure about travelling with an e-reader at first. While they seemed useful, I was also hesitant about having yet one more electronic device in my travel bag. Given the chance however to ditch some weight on my world travels by reducing the number of books I was carrying, I thought I’d give it a shot. As any traveler knows, the less you carry the happier you’ll be.
Here are the top advantages and disadvantages I’ve encountered on the road, I hope they’ll help you decide if travelling with an e-reader or just sticking with paper is right for you. I’ll note that I have a Kobo e-reader myself, however there are a number of options to suit every budget and preference from Kindle, Sony, Nook, and many others. In general they all have very similar features.
Why You Should Take an E-Reader on Your Next Trip
No, they aren’t all free, but with sites like Project Gutenberg and access to your local library you can download a lot of books for free.
In the case of the Sony e-readers you can have direct access to your local library right on the device.
Its Small And Light Weight!
Consider that your average e-reader be it a Kindle, Kobo, or another e-reader, weighs about as much as a standard paperback. The dimensions are also about the same in the width and length, but they are substantially thinner. One caveat however, is that you will need some sort of case or cover to protect the screen in your backpack.
Choose your case carefully as this can add some weight. I decided to go with a Mole Skine notebook despite the weight as I also wanted a place to write my thoughts. It also had the unexpected benefit of being a stand for hands free reading.