Week two of my discussion posts, presents a very long debate that is somewhat pointless, because no one ever seems to change their position on this! Haha. Anyway, I have seen a ton of reasons for liking one over the other, and would love to hear your opinion! Let’s talk about e-books v.s. traditional books!
The Pros of an E-book
- A thousand books at your fingertips.
If I am reading an uninteresting book (perhaps a school-required read) I tend to get bored, and feel an urge to do anything but read that particular book. With an e-reader or phone, I have a ton of my favorite novels (such as the Lunar Chronicles, Harry Potter Series, Heroes of Olympus..etc.) all downloaded and accessible at any moment of the day!
- Portability and Practicality.
Les Miserables? Lord of the Rings? In case you aren’t aware, these two books are insanely long. A 1,000 + pages! After an hour of reading a book like those, my hands start to cramp. At least for me, it’s much more practical to read a hefty book like Lord of the Rings on a e-reader, tablet, or phone. A Kindle weighs about 6 ounces! You can fit it nearly anywhere. Also, you don’t even need to have an e-reader to access all the benefits of e-books. If you have a phone, tablet, or laptop, you can just as easily download any book of your choice onto it.
- E-books Can Be Cheaper.
Emphasis on can be cheaper. An e-book is usually a few dollars cheaper than a hardcover, but is nearly the same price as a paperback. However, if you can be patient, almost all e-books go on sale for less than $5 at some point. I managed to get every book in the Lunar Chronicles for $3 each! Not too mention, they don’t require shipping, if you’re an online shopper. 😉
- Night Reading.
I do 75% of my reading at night. With a e-reader, phone, or tablet, it’s far more practical to read at night, and it doesn’t strain your eyes like using a flashlight does!
- Font Size.
This has never been an issue for me, but some readers have difficulties reading books with smaller font-sizes. With an e-reader you can adjust the font size, text, and margins to your preference.
- Looking up Quotes/Passages & Annotating.
Ah, this may or may not be one of my favorite reasons for owning a Kindle. I for one, love re-reading quotes and passages! I might even spend more time reading previously read books than new ones. XD It’s also a thousand times easier to annotate on an e-reader, because a) you have an infinite amount of space for you notes, and b) you can look up all your notes and highlights with a simple click of a button!
- Free Classics.
I know this doesn’t apply to all readers, but classics are completely free as e-books. The rule is that any book over a 100 years old, is public domain. Therefore, every classic is completely free. You can find nearly every classic you can think of at Project Gutenberg
The Cons of An E-reader Or Why Traditional is Better
- The Sweet Smell of a Book.
Oh yes, you all know what I’m talking about. Nothing beats the wonderful smell of an old book. It isn’t weird to like that smell…or at least I don’t think it is. Right? XD
- Reading a Real Book Just Feels Better.
A lot of people greatly prefer the feeling of the pages on their fingertips. The wonderful sensation of actually flipping the pages and running your fingers along the spine of a brand new book, can’t be duplicated by an e-book. It’s nicer to read in bed and more enjoyable to show a friend. It just feels…right.
- A Real “Library”.
Yes, you have an e-book “library”, but it’s not the same as seeing the actual books in the flesh, displayed beautifully across many shelves. An e-book library is simply a list, not a real collection of your treasures.
- There Isn’t a Battery Life.
Do you recall the last time you plugged your book into the wall? No? Well, that might be since you don’t have to! Nothing is worse than when you’re at an immensely intriguing part in a novel and the dreaded “low battery” warning pops up. :p
- It’s Much Easier to Easier to Lend People Books.
You can’t exactly lend an e-book to a friend, without giving them your whole e-reader (which is absolutely out of the question!). I don’t typically buy a lot of books, but when I do, I like to share them with everyone I know (assuming they’re good)! I unfotunately, can’t do that with an e-reader.
Let’s Wrap It Up
I for one, don’t really care much whether or not I’m reading a paperback or e-book. If anything, I lean slightly more towards e-books, purely because I read almost all my books at night and my small hands have difficulties reading hefty books. I prefer the feel of a real book, but practicality overrules preference in my opinion. ^.^
Which do you prefer and why? I’d love to know! Also, any suggestions for my next Let’s Talk About…?