It’s the age-old question that many of us book lovers have faced in the 21st century: which do you prefer, print books or e-books? We could have this argument for weeks but let us try to narrow it down to the finer points for this week’s discussion.
When digital books start emerging, I didn’t really see the appeal of them. I mean, I have been reading print books all my life, why change a good thing? I even worked in Barnes and Noble at e-books popularity and still didn’t feel it was right for me.
Then, as a Christmas Gift, my mom gave me a Nook. Suddenly, I fell for the excitement of e-books. With an e-reader, I have easier access to books at my fingertips. E-books were at lower prices compared to print books. I could borrow e-books from my public library. I didn’t have to carry heavy books around anymore. I was finally starting to see the joy of an e-reader.
But then, I started seeing my reading habits started to change. For some reason I wasn’t reading as much as I use to. Compared to reading print books, I wasn’t concentrating or focused on what I was reading as much. E-book prices were increasingly becoming closer to printed book prices. And then I switched to a Samsung Tablet which meant a lot more functions and use, not entirely for reading which I purposely bought it for. The brightness would sometimes hurt my eyes and even decreasing the light, I couldn’t read for long periods of time.
The point I’m trying to make is this: I love to read. And I welcome any form of medium that encourages me to do that, i.e. e-books. I’ll admit e-books do have their advantages. They come in handy especially if you have to carry a 1000 page novel in your bag. But I don’t know about you but there is no other feeling than having a physical book in you hand, the smell of it, thumbing through real pages that a digital book can never give you. I have always carried a book in either my hand or in my bag ever since I was a little girl and even if I’m reading an e-book, I always have a printed book in my hand because I just feel naked without one.
Like, I said in the beginning, this debate of which is better can and will go on for years. So instead of having this constant battle, I’ll just say this: I will always prefer and love to read in print. However, that doesn’t mean I will totally disregard the positives in reading in digital format. So in my opinion they both can work hand in hand. It is not up to big name publishers or survey companies which format would be better for us. You are the reader. Choose what is comfortable for you. I am just not as quick to declare the demise of print, as others predicted. Even in this advanced digital age, print is will always be around, even when e-books start to lose their “shine” and popularity.
If you like to see the differences between both look at this interesting infographic I found:
Which format do you guys prefer to read in: print or e-books? Post your answer in the comments below.