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!)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!