Books vs eBooks

I’ve seen a sudden resurgence in the books vs ebooks argument lately, usually raised by passionately pro-book people and defended angrily by e-reader devotees. As a reader/writer person, I’m occasionally dragged in and demanded of an opinion.

So here it is:

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I like both.

I like the look and feel of a real book in my hands. I like to crack open the spine, bunny ear my pages (offending many), write my name and the date I bought it in the front, curl up with it in bed and drink hot chocolate. I like to see my books on the shelf, like a display of the way my mind works. I like to have beautiful copies of books I’m almost too afraid to read.

But I don’t like carrying them, which I do – often – because I’ve lived in over nine houses in nine years. I don’t like it when I can’t fit them in my handbag, I don’t like it when they’re so long my arms get a workout trying to read in bed, I don’t like it when great books have ugly covers, or when they’re movie poster editions, and I don’t like it when I drop them in the bath (a problem they admittedly share with eBooks).

I don’t own a kindle, but I do have an iPad mini. It’s adorable, it fits in my handbag, and it has over fifty eBooks on it. I can buy new eBooks on it whenever I like. It travels with me, on days out to the city and internationally. I like the way it’s introduced me to authors I’d never find in a book shop, and how nobody can see what I’m reading just by looking at me.

I just really like reading. In whatever form happens to be easiest at the time.

2 thoughts on “Books vs eBooks

  1. I agree with you, I tend to read in whatever the format the book comes in. I do love the easiness of e-readers, it’s instant and easy to carry around, like you say. But the feel of a real book is lovely.

    Amazin gif, I use the quote from El Dorado on pretty much a daily basis. ‘Carrot cake or chocolate cake?… Both. Both is good.’ 😀

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    1. Haha I remember the exact moment I decided to buy an e-reader, and it was when I tried to put A Dance Of Dragons into my handbag. Never again!

      And you’re right, it’s a great quote. Useful in almost every situation. If only my hair swished as nicely as Miguel’s!

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