Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Physical Books vs E-Readers



The debate between whether or not you prefer traditional books vs E-Readers is all the rage right now.  Here is my take on it.  There are a few factors I take into consideration. 


First you need to know that I love both.  I will tell you why, but if you were to walk into my house right now, it looks like an effing library.  Albeit a smutty kick ass library, but a library nonetheless.  I have books on almost every flat surface and I have wall size bookshelves.  Yes it's excessive, no I don't care.

The reason I love traditional books is, there are a lot of titles that aren't out in E-Reader form.  They are old books, and for whatever reason no longer are published or formatted for my kindle.  I also love the smell and feel of them.  It's aesthetically pleasing to me.  Always has been.  When I smell an actual book I feel like I am transported back to my younger years and that is always a huge plus for me.

With traditional books you also get the opportunity for them to be autographed and that is always great as a collector's item.


Now here is why I love the kindle.  I love love love the anonymity of what you are reading.  I remember reading The Story of O and having people look at me like I was some kind of pervert.  I hated that feeling.  Now I can be reading anything and no one is the wiser!  

I also love that I can have 500 books and not have to store them.  It's a space saver for sure!  But it is also better for our environment (yes I am actually using the save the trees argument on this one!).  We should care about how much waste we are using. Not saying E-Readers don't make waste, but they don't kill rain forests for trees.  Just saying.

I like how you can order a digital copy online and within moments you are reading it.  You don't have to wait for shipping.  And although there is a lot of debate over the pricing of digital novels (if you ask me, anything over 7.99 is ridiculous), there is a convenience to it that I appreciate.

I don't want to choose between them. I like them both.  But we are moving forward into the advanced digital age, and eventually everyone will have to move with the times.

~B~

2 comments:

  1. I'm with you B..I have both but, I do love that I can take my 1200+ books with me wherever I go and no one can tell if I'm reading smut or a cookbook!

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    1. Like you would read a cookbook...LOL

      ~B~

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