Physical books vs. E-Books was a topic of major discussion all throughout college for me. Which was better? Which is more practical? Are e-readers putting the publishing industry out of business? Where can people stick their e-readers? I think I’ve heard all the arguments, and I’ve heard all the deprecating remarks about people who use e-readers, but I’d like to know your thoughts. Do you prefer physical books, or e-books?
When it comes to describing physical books, magic is the only word that comes to mind. I love everything about them, from the smell, the crinkle of the pages, the little details and nuances sprinkled in by the publishing company. You don’t get the little stars next to the page numbers in Harry Potter in an e-reader. It’s easy to be drawn in by a book, lured by the possibility of a new adventure, a distraction from the every day, a new life to step into for a little while. With an e-reader, the lure is still there, but it isn’t as encapsulating.
But, I’ll be the first to admit that I love my kindle. If nothing else, for the convenience and the money it has saved me. In college, I bought all my required textbooks in digital format on my kindle. While my classmates spend hundreds on dollars on a physical copy, I spent a fraction of that online. Lugging massive books to class or to the library was never an issue for me, because I had everything on my kindle. I was also able to highlight and mark the pages without feeling guilty about defacing a book. On long trips, I am able to keep an entire library of books in my kindle, whereas previously I would take an entire backpack full of books.
While I would prefer a physical copy of a book, more often I choose the digital version for the price and the convenience. Like I said, I can see the pros and cons of both, but I want to know your thoughts! Which do you prefer? What’s the reasoning behind your preference? Let’s discuss! 🙂