If you are anything like me you may find yourself conflicted between the two different avenues you can go with reading these days.
These days there are so many options with reading.
You can purchase the actual book in a bookstore or online and have a physical copy in your hands, go to the library, or you can purchase them on an online store like Amazon (Kindle) and make essentially anything an e-reader. You can read it online in a web browser on your tablets, phones, anything – or purchase an actual e-reader and go from there. You can download novels and upload them to your e-readers, or phones, or anything! The options are endless.
I had a friend at work who, to put it simply, would not be able to have physical books of all the books she owns on her e-reader. We are talking hundreds of novels. She would have a house full of books if she were to not have them online in downloadable form.
After she got her E-Reader, she began to find fantastic bargain bundles of all sorts of novels she has never heard of before. She began to broaden her horizon with reading, so much so that she found authors that are now on her favourites list.
I am a sucker for going to a bookstore and just “Ooo”ing and “Ahh”ing at all the beautiful spines of books, touching everything and pulling out all kinds of novels but never actually going through with purchasing them. Or if I do, I end up with an armful of books that I will obsess over every single day until I am through with them.
This all got me thinking, what are the pro’s and con’s of e-readers compared to actually having a physical copy of the book? Let’s take a look.
- Variety of novels with you wherever you go
- Space efficient
- Generally cheaper book purchases online compared to a bookstore
- Light weight
- Convenient when looking for a certain book
- You can change font size, colours, fonts to make it easier for you to read
- Back-light when reading, no need for lamps
- You need to make sure you’ve charged it or you are without your book/books!
- Storage capacity, you need to work within your e-readers storage limits
- You miss out on the ‘fresh book smell’
- You miss out using your fancy bookmark collections
- You miss out on the feeling of seeing how far you’ve gotten through your novel
- There is no ‘special’ front cover feeling when you hold your book
- You miss out on the sound and crinkle when you turn a page
- Your E-Reader has an expiry date, where the electronics will no longer work and you will need to replace it
- You get to hold it in your hands and turn the pages
- New book smell
- The experience of going to a bookstore in person
- The experience of online bookstore shopping
- You can add to a bookshelf collection
- You can get gold-leaf trimmed novels
- Ages beautifully by showing wear and tear (this can also be a con)
- The accomplishment of seeing how far into a large novel you can go
- You get to use pretty bookmarks
- You don’t need to charge it
- More expensive to buy than an online copy
- You can wreck the pages too easily as well as scuff the front covers
- They take up household space i.e. if you have a full bookshelf and you need to find safe places to store additional books
- You can’t ‘zoom’ in to change the size of the font if you forget your glasses
- When travelling, you have to be selective you don’t have endless amounts of different novels with you
- No back-light (obviously)
- If you choose to carry multiple novels with you, the weight can factor in as well
In all honesty, I continue to do both.
I love my e-reader, but I also am a sucker for the books I have currently in my life and I find myself choosing the physical novels over my e-reader quite often. Although, I am building such a bookshelf collection on my e-reader as well that I am quite torn.
What is your preference?
Speak soon readers!