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E-books vs. Print Books

This is a pretty cliche topic but I do think it’s something that defines a reader.

Reading habits vary from reader to reader and of course, opinions do too.

I’ve had friends that read exclusively from Kindles or Nooks. You can instantly access hundreds of books and it’s so much more convenient to carry around. If you’re a fan of classics, a lot of them are free (although translations can sometimes be a little sketchy).

I’ve had other friends, that don’t own an e-reader. They borrow books from the library or buy them from the store. Of course, they are much bigger but there’s a certain novelty with having it in your hands.

I’m a fan of print books. I always will be. I love the scent of new books and the way the paper feels in my hands. The covers and the designs of chapter headers and pages on the book… I love it all. To me, it’s not something that translates well on to e-readers. I feel like e-readers are cold and they aren’t as fun to cuddle up with on a couch. There’s a monotonous clicking sound or a glare of light on your face. I like being able to relax on a couch and have a book in my hands.

I don’t have an e-reader. But I’m thinking of getting one, if only to help with my blogging in the future. For one, it makes reading e-galleys so much easier. I usually read books off of Netgalley on my laptop and it is such a pain. It’s probably the reason that I always end up trying to finish four books before they all simultaneously expire on the same day XD

Obviously there’s nothing wrong with preferring one over the other. But I have a couple of opinions on each. Why I prefer them or how I can see it’s benefit.


Electronic Readers

Pros

  • Portable
  • Can hold hundreds of books without having to take up more space
  • Easier to get e-galleys
  • Depending on your model, you may not need any type of lighting to read
  • Can easily look up definitions and take notes on certain parts
  • Nobody has to know what you’re reading if you don’t want them to
  • You can hide it under the covers more easily at night if you’re reading when you’re supposed to be sleeping.
  • Cheaper books
  • You can buy a lot of books with a $25 gift card
  • Pretty cases

Cons

  • Can feel cold and impersonal. Especially if you’re cold and then you touch it. Then you get even colder.
  • You don’t see the wear and tear (if you’re one of those people that like to have beat-up books)
  • If you drop it, it could die
  • Needs recharging. “DANGIT IT DIED! I WAS ON THE LAST CHAPTER!”
  • Depending on the e-book, stylization, fonts, colors, etc, may not show up. To me, it loses a sense of personalization.
  • YOU CAN’T SMELLLLL IT
  • No special additions like posters or limited-edition bookmarks
  • Downloading issues or technical difficulties
  • If you get mad, you can’t abuse an e-reader

Print Books

Pros

  • Each book looks different
  • Hardcover or paperback? Pick which one you want
  • You can fold the pages to mark your spot. (I can’t do that. It makes me cry.)
  • You can see how much you’ve read it simply by the condition of the book.
  • They look pretty on your shelf.
  • They have distinctive smells!
  • Authors can sign them
  • Limited edition gifts, covers, etc.
  • Designs and formatting are unique
  • Can be gifted
  • Collectable
  • Citations are easy because of page numbers.
  • You don’t have to buy every book

Cons

  • Take up a lot of space
  • Not portable. (Unless it’s a tiny mass-media paperback)
  • Requires adequate lighting to read
  • Cannot be in contact with water. Ever.
  • Easily damaged by improper care or clumsiness
  • Can be pricey
  • If you lend them to people, they might come back half-dead
  • If the library doesn’t have it, you end up having to buy it
  • No privacy about what you’re reading.
  • If nobody buys the book at the bookstore, the novels themselves may be wasted.

These were just a few of the good and bad things I thought of for each book format. Which do you prefer?