This has been an argument since the dawn of time. Even before E-readers. Even before books there were cavemen sitting riding their dinosaurs, debating which was better. Everyone has a preference.
Some people prefer E-readers because its still reading a book, and you save a lot of space because you don’t have actual books to worry about storing somewhere. It’s also a lot easier to carry around. I’ve seen some E-readers able to fit in your pocket, which not a lot of books can do. They’re also easier to bring along on trips or in your backpack than a hefty 1000+ page book.
I’d say that Amazon was the one that really launched the E-book revolution, and from what I remember it really took off. Books were flying off the electronic bookshelf.
On the other hand, those who love print books often claim they love the feel of the book in their hands and the sound of paper rustling as they turn the pages. It’s a lot different receiving a physical book from someone as a gift, or sharing one of your physical books with a friend than it is passing around some code of a book.
Persoanlly, I prefer the print books. Not necessarily because of the smell or the sounds when I turn the page. For me it’s more of just owning the book itself. Each book has its own soul. Every piece of art, the cover, the font, and every single page between the covers. Even the tiny bends on the corner of the page, or that splash of water, every book tells its own story just from looking at it.
To me, a book loses that soul when it’s on an E-reader. It’s all just words on a screen, theres no life to it anymore.
Now I could get into production costs of Ereaders and print, or the comprehension of the words on each platform, but I don’t think people really care about that. I think the real deciding factor is the personal preference of each reader.
Ultimately the real winner is the person that is reading the book, on whichever platform they want. Whether you’re curled up on the couch reading some sappy romance novel, or sitting on the bus reading ’10 Ways to Make Money Fast’ if you’re reading a book you win.
That’s all from me. Let me know which you guys prefer in the comments. I’d love to hear from you guys why you love E-readers or print books.
I think this went pretty well. Obviously there’s some changes but I really enjoy this Thursday Thoughts post.