eBook vs “Real” Book: Which Do You Prefer?

Most readers I talk with seem to have an opinion about the eBook vs “real” book debate. I myself never thought I would read a novel in digital format. I had the same argument as others I’ve heard: the tactile experience of a paper book is just too intimate, too cozy, too personal to give up. I mean, curling up with a digital device? Doesn’t have the same ring to it.

ebooks vs real books

But with the purchase of my first Kindle, I discovered a few things:

  • I read much faster with eBooks. I don’t know why this is, but I’ve tested the theory, and it’s true for me. An eBook holds my attention better, and I’m able to multi-task more easily while reading. Faster reading = more reading = happy me.
  • I’m able to “carry” more books with me at a time, allowing me to read whatever I’m in the mood for at any moment, even when I’m away from home.
  • I can preview eBooks before buying, avoiding the inevitable “I-bought-this-dud-and-now-I’m-stuck-with-it” trap I’ve been in many times with “real” books.

Having said all that…the disadvantages of eBooks have been:

  • I am definitely spending more money on books. Being able to simply click-and-buy has undone any self-discipline I had in keeping a tight book budget.
  • I love lending books to friends, which is more difficult (or impossible) with eBooks.
  • And as far as the tactile experience goes, I don’t miss the paper, but I do miss the covers. I love book covers.

Still, as much as I love my Kindle, I still purchase and borrow (YAY LIBRARIES!) paper books often.

What about you? Where do you stand on the eBook vs “real” book debate? Do you prefer one or the other, or a mix of both?

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