So, today I am going to ‘tackle’ the big debate on the differences between e-books and hard copies. Or rather, what I mean, is that I am going to tell you all what I feel about it!
This debate is one that has been happening since ebooks became available on the market but it is also one that occurs in almost every other medium out there at the moment. Newspapers vs News websites, CDs vs MP3s, DVDs vs Blu-Rays vs Digital Copies, etc, etc. It seems that whenever something new is introduced, there will always be someone who prefers it being one way and someone else who likes it the new way. This is just the way life is, it’s what makes life interesting. And it is also why this debate will never end and why, most likely, there will always be both e-books AND paper copies, or at least, it won’t be changing any time soon!
Anyway, we’re here to discuss e-books.
So, it has been exactly one month since I got my Kindle (yay Christmas!) and so I thought that it would be nice to create a little post to show what my thoughts are on it and to find out what your experiences with e-readers are (if any!).
In all honesty, for years I have held a very strong ‘paperbacks all the way’ motto. I love the feel of paperbacks, I love the smell of paperbacks, I love holding paperbacks, I love bending paperbacks, I just love paperbacks and this is why it took me a fair few years before I finally twisted my arm and asked for a Kindle for Christmas.
And I am glad that I did.
Now, don’t get me wrong, i still adore paperbacks. I still prefer them to e-books but there is no denying the flexability that comes with an e-book. The ability to read it without your arm hurting from it’s weight. The ability to stand it up (I have an awesome cover that allows me to do this at any rate) and read while eating. The ability to travel with a hundred books at your fingertips. The ability to place all those books into seperate folders. Yes, the e-reader and e-books are very good and handy.
But then, at the same time, there are drawbacks.
There is no way to just skip ahead and see how many pages are left of the chapter (something I do religiously with paperbacks).
There is only a % to tell you how far you’re into the book which is good but not quite as nice as thinking that you’re on page 77 of 312. Not entirely sure why.
There is a possibility that if it gets wet, the e-reader will die and be unable to be fixed whereas a paperback can dry. It may never look or feel the same but it won’t be unreadable.
It is so much harder to share e-books. I know that this could come across agaisnt piracy rules somewhere but one of the best things about paperbacks (IMO) is the ability to share with your friends and family. Me and my mother are always swapping books and passing them along when we’re done with them and that way they continue to be loved. With e-books, once you own it, it’s yours. End of.
You can’t give it back. If you dislike a paperback or get one as a gift you know you’ll never read, there is always a chance to either exchange it, get your money back or hand it in to a charity shop, for example. This is not the case for e-books.
So while there are many good things about e-books and I am glad that I now have the kindle and can read on the move more easily. There are still so many drawbacks to them. Hopefully, however, these are things that will be changed in the future or things that won’t be massive problems due to just how much better e-books can become.
That said, I will probably never, ever, give up on paperback books. I just love them so much and I always try to read at least two paperbacks a month.
Which do you prefer? E-books? Paperbacks? Hardbacks?