When I saw this blogging prompt on 20sb, I knew this was the topic for me. So the question is, how do you read and what do you prefer, eBooks vs real books?
I’ve had my Kindle for a couple of months now and it’s about time that I share my experiences plus I’ve been lacking blogging ideas lately so this is great.
It took me ages to finally decide to give eReaders a try because I’m a traditionalist and love books. The real books, physical ones, those you can touch, hug and smell; where you can write in the margins and put your name on the first page to make sure everyone knows this one belongs to you. I also love being surrounded by books and being able to stand in front of my shelves and look upon them is really soothing and a thing I would not want to miss. However, not every book I read is one I need to store and have an actual physical copy of. That realisation hit me when I was running out os shelf space. Again. So I finally took the plunge.
The thing is though, I cannot really give you a definite answer to the prompt; there is no favourite way to read for me, both have their pros and cons.
I like how a real book smells and that you can flip forward through the pages to see how many pages are left to your chapter or even take a peek (yes, I do that sort of thing, shut up). But I am also really anal about my books and don’t like cracked spines, so reading them without flexing the spines too much so they won’t break is pretty annoying at times. That, however, is not a problem you have with an eReader.
When I buy an eBook, it is in my hands almost instantaneous whereas I have to wait for it to be shipped to me when I buy a physical copy. Underlining passages and even searching for specific words is really easy but what I do miss sometimes is the ability to add comments to your highlights. Technically you can do that and maybe other eRaeders are better at it than my low tech Kindle but that’s what I got. Right now it is just really slow and annoying. Taking notes in a books margins is way easier. This, of course, adds to my not every book is a good eBook approach. And this is really something for everyone personally to find out, I guess.
The takeaway for me is, I like both. I like that I can fit thousands upon thousands of book pages into this tiny eReader and carry it around wherever I go which is sometimes problematic with bigger books, especially when you travel or don’t want to carry War and Peace around with you. But real, physical books will always have their special place in my heart and in some way, they are more real to me than eBooks. Not entirely sure if this makes sense, but hey, I love books so give me a break.
So what’s your verdict? Are you as ambiguous as me?