E-Reader (Kindle) Vs Paperback?



I've been buying a lot of books lately and have been caught in the web of either buying books on my Ereader or ordering a paperback version. I've been so indecisive that I had to look on the internet to see if book readers were also struggling with this: Alas! I believe it is Reader-Epidemic! I mean, it's actually a "thing" that has got people riled up, some for the Ebook and others, the paperback. This was what Huffington post had to say about this conundrum:

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Drop That Kindle! 10 Reasons Print Books Are Better Than E-Books

This article first appeared in The National Book Review.

Last week, the book industry released figures showing that e-book sales were down so far this year — the first time they have declined — while print remained relatively steady. When the news broke, we published a piece on 10 reasons e-books are better than print.

In the interest of fairness, we now offer a list for the other side: a 10-point case for print.

1. Print books have pages that are nice and soft to the touch. Paper makes reading physically pleasurable. Reading an e-book, on the other hand, feels like using an ATM. And after staring at a computer screen at work all day, how relaxing is it to curl up at home and stare at another screen?

2. Print books are better at conveying information. A study reported in the Guardian last year found that readers using a Kindle were less likely to recall events in a mystery novel than people who read the same novel in print. So if you want to do things like follow plots and acquire information, print is the way to go.

3. Print books are yours for life. The books you bought in college will still be readable in 50 years. Do you really think that in 10 years your e-reader - or book-reading watch, or virtual reality goggles - will work with today’s e-books?

4. Print books are physical reminders of your intellectual journeys. That beat-up copy of Catcher in the Rye on your bookshelf takes you back to sophomore year of high school. The Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda conjures up memories of late-night dorm room bull sessions. The food and wine-stained Lonely Planet Greece brings back that trip through the Greek Isles. A Kindle is just a Kindle.

5. Print books are great to share. There is nothing quite like putting a book into a friend’s hand and saying, “You’ve got to read this.” There are ways of sharing e-books - if both you and your intended recipient can navigate the Digital Rights Management system. But sharing an e-book has all of the warmth of sending an e-mail or paying someone on PayPal.

6. You can write in the margins of a print book, dog-ear the important pages, and underline the key sentences with a pencil. E-books often allow the digital equivalents of these acts - but they just aren’t the same. There is a link between physical gestures and cognition: the things we do to print books seem to help us to understand and remember better.

7. Print books have jackets, so people know what other people are reading - which makes reading a community-building act. A bus full of people with print books is a snapshot of what is on a town or a city’s minds - as well as a collection of ideas for what you should read next. A bus full of people reading e-books is just a lot of people staring at devices.

8. Print books are fairer to writers. The Author’s Guild has been beating the drum for years that publishers give writers a lower percentage of the royalties for e-books. That makes it harder for authors to earn a living - and to produce new books. If you want to support writers, who are struggling these days, more than publishing giants - buy a print book.

9. Print books are better for your health. A Harvard Medical School study last year found that reading a light-emitting e-book before bed interferes with your ability to sleep, with your alertness the following morning, and with your overall health.

10. Print books are theft-resistant. If you leave a book in your car, you can be pretty sure it will be there when you return. That is probably not true of your iPad, Kindle or other e-book reader. And a bonus: if you drop a print book in the bathtub, you can dry it out with a hairdryer.

 

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Of course there is the argument for the Ereader but since I don't want this to get too long, I'll just state MY reasons for getting confused in the first place:


1) PRO: It just makes life so much easier to  have all of your books on a device- you can just plop your device into your bag and hop on an airplane knowing that you've got all of your favourite books with you- I don't know if this happens to anyone else but, whenever I have to travel, regardless of whether it is just one hour away or twenty four hours away, I always have to carry a book on me and, a lot of times, I end up carrying more than one because I reckon I want to read the said books. Of course what then happens is that I may begin to miss a certain book I had left behind and wish that THAT had been the one I'd brought along with me and may end up not reading the ones with me which then means that I would have succeeded in  carrying unecessary luggage with me. This happens to me EVERY SINGLE TIME I TRAVEL ANYWHERE! It is a "thing" I am known for actually so, a Kindle sorta saves me from all of that lugging around of books BUT, and here is where my indecision comes in, CON,


a) What about just having books sit in my Library? I actually like the sight of my library and pride myself on how diversified and interesting it is. Infact, I can tell if I'd like a person from merely looking at the books in their library- from what they read, I can tell how broadened their minds are and, extra bonuses if we have the same types of books too. #bestiegoals


b) Will these ereader books stand the test of time? Thirty years from now (or even ten years from now) will my children be able to access my library? I learned to read from reading the books in my dad's library, will these kindle books survive till then or would a more advanced technology overtake what we've presently got making the kindle obsolete? This would never happen to a paperback as they are like a good old companion that sits in your library to be passed on to posterity.


2) PRO: Ordering a book from Kindle makes reading so much easier as the book appears immediately on your device whereas a paperback could/would take a few days to get to you and if it is a book you are just dying to read, you have to agree that waiting for even one or two days feels too long. The CON,


a) Assides from the free kindle books which a lot of times are old time classics that have flooded the market, new books cost full prices. Now, if you are like me and like to buy used books that cost a lot, lot less than the original price, this full price thing can really put you off buying the Kindle version of a book you REALLY want to read and have you go for the paperback.

This last point up there brings me back to the first CON which is having to lug around so many books which then has me thinking in a roundabout way again. I have decided though to:

1) Buy all the free (and cheap) kindle books and buy only the Kindle books for FULL PRICE which I REALLY need to read that have no used(cheaper) paperback version yet,

2) No matter how interesting a book is, if it has a used (and cheaper) paperback version, I'd have to go with the paperback version.


It's safe to say I havc a plan, yes? I hope I am able to follow it to the letter....


What about you though, which would it be for you and why? Kindle or Paperback?


Love Always,

Judgejudyjudy...

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4 comments

  1. I have always wanted a kindle... but it's probably not the best plan and I was excited to get a DVR so I could watch movies at my own leisure... instead they are taped and end up having very little time to watch them... I actually love the old fashioned way for books... xox

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    1. I actually prefer the kindle because of its ease but when I consider the possibility of losing the books I love and have purchased in the future, it makes better sense to have it in paperback.....

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  2. Hahah I have the same problem or rather I prefer the physical books as I find turning pages to have a calming effect. However in school we are offered the e version for textbooks for free, but paper backs cost a lot! I am still trying to decide which I want. For textbooks though new editions are released almost every two years making them obsolete very fast. I bought a textbook for $250 as the used was not available at the time, a year and half later no one wants to buy the book anymore so am stuck with the book which I don't need.

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    1. Lol @stuck with a book you don't need, hahha! Sorry about that dear.

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