Book Discussion Question:
What is your book format of choice, E-book or paper book?
I'm so excited about this post. One of my friends just texted me requesting that we I do a discussion on e-books vs. paper books. I'm honored to be getting requests for conversations. If there's anything anyone else would like me to post specific talks, let me know! I'm happy to try to oblige.
Personally, I don't know that I have a favorite between E-books or paper books. I read mostly on my Kindle Fire, but I also still go and purchase "real" books. I read more on my Kindle than I read paper books. For me, it's the portability factor combined with convenience. I read a lot. The husband folk initially got me one of the old Kindles with the keyboard a few years ago. It made more sense to have e-books because we were traveling a lot because of his job, and was kind of crowded before we even added in my boxes of books to read. Yes, I said boxes, plural. I said I read a lot. I've since upgraded to kindle fire, and I love it, all though I'm humiliated at how many stupid games I play on it. It's also more convenient for me because I read late at night when normal people are sleeping. I read a lot more on in general because of being able just to buy a book online as opposed to having to go to a store and purchase a book. I'm a bit of a hermit, so I'm a fan of anything that discontinues my need to leave the house.
The Kindle also provides me with a way to keep up with my book addiction. If I bought books all the time, it'd get expensive as I read about 2-4 books a week. A lot of times I'll just grab whatever sounds interesting on Amazon and is free. This also makes me a little bit cheaper when it comes to buying e-books. Because I'm not getting the actual book to look pretty on my shelf, I have a hard time spending more than $7 on an e-book. I have to want to read that book to pay more than that. $7 is a lot for the e-books I buy too. Usually, it's $5 or under.
I like the privacy of e-books. If I want to read a smutty romance (this rarely happens, but just as an example) book in public, I can without people seeing the cover and asking me questions. So sue me, I like for my guilty pleasures to not be announced to the world. Sometimes I just don't want to be judged by what I'm reading. Oh also, since I got the Kindle Fire 7", I don't need a book light!
My biggest issue with e-books is that if my Kindle isn't charged and I don't want to sit next to a plug, I don't get to read. This is of course unless I have a paper book on my shelf that's peaked my interest. Also, it makes me lazy because I don't go to libraries anymore. I use to love going to libraries. It was the best adventure to go to the library with nothing (save for dropping off the last trip's books) and coming back home with my arms full of books. As a kid, I spent a lot of time in libraries and did as an adult too before Kindle walked into my life. With the Kindle, I don't do anymore because I can just buy the book online.
Fear not paper book fans. I still buy regular books. We have a Books-A-Million in our mall, and Chris (The husband-folk) frequently has to drag me out of there. I don't buy them nearly as often, but I still do now and then. I love seeing the pretty covers. If I love a book, I'll buy it. I like having my series as paper books. I like getting hardcover books and peaking underneath the dust jacket and seeing some intricate design on the book (*cough, cough* Diviners *cough, cough*). I like shopping for bookmarks with inspirational quotes or cute animals. Oh and I don't have to plug it in. I know some people are all about the feel and smell of real books; that doesn't affect me too much, to be honest.
Let's be honest; some books NEED to be read as a paper book. The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is an example of this. This book is a book within a book. There's a story in the footnotes of the book, sometimes the text is in weird designs, every time house appears it's in blue. And all kinds of crazy things. I would not want to read this as an e-book. For me, I think it'd take away from the book. Same with The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson There are all kinds of sketches and drawings, as mentioned in my review of it. I'm sure it's in the e-book version, but it just doesn't seem like it'd be the same to me.
Another plus in the nod of paper books is that they rarely hurt my eyes. Reading e-books tends to hurt my eyes now and then. It's probably all the reading in the dark I do, but whatever. Oh also, I will take a paper textbook over an e-textbook any day. I LOATHE e-textbooks. The school I go to primarily does e-textbooks. It drives me nuts, and I complain about it every single term. Oh also, sometimes I can find hardcover books cheaper than e-books.
I feel like I'm pretty null on the debate of e-book vs. paper books. I've been leaning more towards paper books recently, but as I'm about to travel again, I'll be loading up the Kindle. Sorry to anyone who was hoping that this would be one side or the other. I'm a big fan of reading in whatever format it comes in. Also a shout out to my audiobook lovers. I can't handle audio books but props to you if that's your format.
So that's about all I got. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Oh and special thanks to Sarah for the topic request!