I’ve written a blog post about this topic ages ago, but I felt the need to revisit the subject so here I am. I feel like this is one of the biggest arguments in the book universe. There are so many different views, those who down right despise eReaders and wouldn’t touch them with a 10 foot pole, and those who absolutely love them and can’t remember what a real book actually feels like.
I myself, am pro eReader, but I also like hard copies. The struggle is real. I feel like eReaders are just so convenient. If you go on holiday, you can take hundreds of books with you on holiday, without weighing your bag down. For people like me who are mood readers and cannot stick to a TBR, this is perfect because I have so much choice. With an eReader (depending on the type), you can read in the dark. Again, if you’re like me and you are up till all hours of the morning, this is so convenient especially if you are sharing a room with someone who likes to go to sleep early! With an eReader, you can read comfortably with one hand or lying down on your side without worrying about bending the pages, breaking the spine, straining your arm (reading is so complicated).
With its advantages, there are obviously some disadvantages. eReaders are usually extremely difficult to read outside with. I once tried to go sit outside with my iPad and that was a massive fail. I’m still scarred from that day. Another thing, eReaders lose battery, so you can be at a crucial part of the book and BAM, it dies. And yes, if you are at home you can charge it no worries, but if you are travelling on a bus, train or plane then it’s an issue.
Now on to physical books. Nothing can beat reading a physical book, feeling the pages, some people smell them but I’m not into that, visually seeing yourself progressing through the book. It’s also so much easier to skim read with an actual book, I’m not sure why that is but it’s true. On top of all that, you get a nice pretty book to put on your shelf once you’re finished, how lovely.
Apart from the fact that books can be destroyed either in rain or sitting on them or dropping them, running over them with your car (I don’t know how but it could happen), I can’t really think of any other negatives. I mean, actual books are obviously more expensive, but if you go to op shops (charity stores/thrift shops), you can find amazing deals there. I guess there’s always the issue of running out of room. I’m nearly at the point where I’m going to have to get a second room for all of my books because I’m running out of shelf space. It’s getting pretty intense.
Overall, I generally lean more towards reading books on my iPad. My ratio of eBook to actual book is probably 70:30. I find I read eBooks quicker (I don’t know why but it’s a thing, Google it), and also they are just more convenient for me. This month I actually set a goal for myself that I would only read hard copies, because my TBR pile is just getting out of control. So far, I’m going strong but I’m only 14 days in and I’m starting to feel withdrawals. So what’s your opinion on all of this? Are you open to eBooks or do you despise them? Let me know in the comments! :)
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