E-Books vs. Physical Books

E-Books vs. Physical Books

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E-books or physical books? Ah, the age-old question! I thought I would lay out all of my ideas on the issue in the format of a pro-con list. So, let’s get into it!

(Side note: There will be more pros than cons because I don’t think it is necessary to list something as a con if I already listed it as a pro for the other side. Also I’m a positive person!)

Pros of E-Books

  • Portable! E-books are much easier to bring on vacation because you can take as many books as you like without them being so heavy or taking up too much space in your luggage. They are also just so much more portable during everyday life. If I’m going out for the day and I want to have a book on me, there is no way that the physical Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book is going to fit into my small purse, but my Kindle sure will! My Kindle books are also available on my phone, which is always on me, so extra bonus points there!
  • Cheap! Almost every single book I buy on my Kindle is heavily discounted. Also, sometimes I get emails from Goodreads  that a book is extra cheap, and I’m found some really great reads that way! I bought Emmy and Oliver for around a dollar on my Kindle, and loved it! It was on my TBR, but I probably wouldn’t have gotten around to it for a while without the extra push from the price!
  • Accessible! I can get basically any book in the world within seconds on my Kindle. If I want a physical book, I have to go to the library or the bookstore or order it online. My library has a great selection, but definitely not every book I want! I love the bookstore, but it is far away and I don’t have a lot of time to visit often. And ordering online is just too slow for me!                                                           Cons of E-Books
  • Unreliable. You have to charge your e-reader in order to read e-books. My Kindle has a tendency to die at the absolute worst moments! I don’t ever have this problem with a physical book.

Pros of Physical Books

  • Pretty! There are tons of books with covers that are incredibly beautiful. There are also extra  fun design elements that can be added to a physical book, such as ragged page edges. These attractive elements are not really able to be appreciated on e-books.
  • Physical! I know, obviously all physical books are physical. But what I’m saying is there is something about being able to hold a book in your hand. We all love the smell of a book and the feel of turning the soft pages. Don’t even get me started on the satisfaction of seeing the left side of the book get thicker and thicker as you get deeper and deeper into the story!

Cons of Physical Books

  • Uncomfortable. I have to say, once I’ve been reading for a while, I start to get uncomfortable. I have to switch positions over and over and over again. Usually, when I have this problem, it is when I am reading a thick hardcover. I rarely have this problem with my thin Kindle.

So, whats the verdict? I have to say- I don’t know! I love both e-books and physical books. As long as it is a book, I’m happy!

What do you think? E-books or physical books? I want to hear your opinions!

Love, Darby

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8 thoughts on “E-Books vs. Physical Books

  1. Evelina says:

    Good list 🙂 for ebooks, there’s also the option of backlighting! I’ll never forget how my Kindle saved me during that super boring party that was in someone else’s house in the middle of nowhere and I pretended to go to sleep, but really was up reading in bed with ear plugs, away from all the boring drinking 😀 #bookwormpartylife

    And also, for physical books… man, I can’t buy them here. I can literally buy up to 20 e-books for the price on a paperback here. It’s just wrong! In terms kg ARCs, I’m also international… e-books are just so much simpler. It would be hard to get paper ARCs when you’re far away 🙂

    Cons though… covers xD bookstagram! I don’t think I even need to explain 😀

    But in the end, I love both 🙂
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  2. Deanna @ Deanna Reads Books says:

    Yes, I agree with you I love both! I used to be a brat and super against ebooks, but then I started getting only digital copies to review and it was way annoying to read it on my phone. I also just don’t have enough room for physical books. Oh, if you love finding out about Kindle deals BookRiot.com does a post of the kindle deals of the day. I’ve found some many great deals that way.
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  3. Julie Kachiri says:

    Another pro of ebooks is that you can highlight quotes and passages all you want without worrying about damage to the page. Plus they’re easy to move around and carry with you. Very convenient,i= indeed. 🙂

  4. Rasya says:

    Why not both? xD

    I love my Kindle and physical books equally but Kindle is more convenient and last for weeks. If the battery died I could just simply charge it using power bank. And physical books are an eye candy. I love the way all my books lined up in the bookshelf (something that Kindle couldn’t do).

    But I found it sad that people shame those who use kindle or any e-reader as ‘not real reader’.

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