In the last couple of years, the popularity of eBooks have increased drastically where people are buying eReaders just to catch up with their latest books. Book lovers find it hard to let go of the feeling of a brand new or used book (depending on preference) in their hands. I am a proud owner of a Kindle, but I will never stop buying physical books. There’s nothing like holding a book and flipping through the pages. Almost making it your own. You could write notes in the margin and highlight. You get your own personalized version of the book.
eReaders come with their many cons as well. When you hold a eReader in your hands, what you have is millions a books at your fingertips usually at a smaller price than the physical copy of the book. Once you finish a eBook, you have the option of buying a new one just seconds later.
You can read book descriptions, reviews, and even download samples of the eBooks before purchasing. Privacy is also a huge pro when dealing with an eReader. No one will know which book you are reading if it happens to be a title you don’t feel comfortable with the world knowing you are reading.
Reading at night becomes more convenient. You don’t have to worry about having the light on. The back light of many eReaders gives you the luxury of being able to read in the dark without having to get out of bed to turn the lights on a off.
Books and eReaders will always present their pros and cons based on your preferences. I prefer a balance of both. They both offer such a different experience that it’s good to have a little bit of both. The cons come a long depending on why you don’t want one or another. I would say a pro of a eReader is that you have to constantly keep them charged especially if you are going to long trips. The battery on my kindle could to a week without charge, and I believe that’s pretty good for at least getting through one book.
Even though, there have been times where I have forgotten to charge my kindle, and it dies on me before I get to finish a chapter. Pretty annoying, but it is one of the cons of having an eReader. You have to make sure it’s fully charged and ready for the amount of time that you are going to use it for. As for a physical book, can be read at any moment at anytime. There’s no expiring battery, so you could read the book from beginning to end without interruptions. It doesn’t get any better than that. 😉
I love both equally, but lately it’s been eBooks for me because it’s just convenient when I use my smartphone for everything. I do adore physical books, and hope to one day have a library of my own to curl up in and fall into any adventure I choose to go to that day.
I agree with you completely. I go back and forth between both. It’s just hard to go out to a book store sometimes with busy schedules. Totally agree it’s nice to do everything all in once place. Especially since I do most of my writing and researching from my phone. 🙂
I actually like to have a balance too. I must admit that I love the freedom of having a Kindle and the fact that I can just download book after book without leaving the house – but… there is something special about the physical book. It’s smell, it’s solidity – I would never be without those entirely. This is a conversation we have had in our family often and I honestly believe that a mix of both is the way to go 🙂