This time, I’d like to discuss…
What do you think about eCookbooks?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
Recently, I read a review by Deb, aka CurlyGeek of a cookbook that sounded like a one I’d really like to have. However, I noticed that she said that she “found the ARC a bit clunky to work from (I used a mini tablet), because the pages jumped around unpredictably.” Well… that reminded me that I have a few cookbooks on my Kindle, and well… it occurred to me that I’ve never used or looked at any of them. Ever. At all.
It is hard for me to admit that way back when, in the early days of my owing a Kindle, I actually went onto Amazon and bought a few eCookbooks. It is even harder to admit that I have yet to break even one of their virtual spines. But that’s the honest truth, and Deb’s review made me think… why was this true?
Well, if I recall correctly, my idea was that I’d use the Kindle app on my tablet to use these books. I guess I figured I could prop my tablet up somewhere in my kitchen and read the recipes while cooking. Why I thought that is totally beyond me; until I moved this past December, I had the tiniest of kitchens, and there was nowhere I could have put my tablet, even if I had a way to hang it up somewhere. What’s more, I’ve never put any of the Kindle apps on my phone, so that was never an option, either. Furthermore, while I do have a Kindle app on my desktop computer, the idea of having to wander back and forth between my kitchen and my study to use a recipe sounds like an exercise in artificially getting extra steps in on some non-existent step counter.
I guess the main reason I got those eCookbooks was because they were vastly less expensive than buying print copies of those same books. But you know, if you spend money and then don’t use the thing you’ve bought is, in and of itself, a waste of money! Furthermore, if you get an eCookbook and really like how the recipes in it look, but you can’t figure out how to use the e-version without huge inconvenience, what’s your solution? Copy out the recipes you want to try onto a recipe card, or a piece of paper? Is that really such a great idea? I’m not so sure, especially because you lose all the beautiful photographs in the process. (Let’s not even discuss how frustrating some of these cooking websites and blogs can be, with their endless irrelevant information such as descriptions of the weather outside, and the health of their cats when they first made the item, that you have to scroll through for ages until you get to the damned recipe itself. GRRR!)
So, the question is, could it be that cookbooks are the one genre of books where there really is no good electronic substitute for the real-life, dead-tree version, despite the additional cost? Well, in my oh, so very, humble opinion, I think so! I guess I’ll just have to save my shekels to get that cookbook in print.
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Do you buy eCookbooks or get ARCs of them for review? Do you find eCookbooks convenient to use? If so, how do you use them – on your tablet, a desktop reader, your phone, or on your regular eReader? If not, why do you think you have never tried reading/using an eCookbook?
This post is my 12th entry in the 2021 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!