Ebook or Paperbook – the big debate
Do you have preference on the form you read? I know some prefer reading ebooks above everything else, and others will argue that nothing will ever replace the print book. Do you think print books would ever become extinct? I don’t personally, but who knows?
In favor of eBooks:
In some cases I will like print books better, but in others the ebook wins. For instance, if I’m reading at night I prefer reading on my Kobo because it has a light, whereas a print book I need to sit where my lamp is and it’s less convenient (the way our living room lighting was designed was not with readers in mind >.<). For some reason, I also find I read faster when I’m reading on the Kobo. I don’t know why and really it may all be in my head, but I feel like I get through a book much faster. Maybe it’s because I don’t see the end coming and suddenly it’s there. Side note on this – have you ever read an ebooks where the publisher has an interview session or sneak peek at the end and the book actually ends at 85% and you’re like GAH because you weren’t expecting it? Especially frustrating when it’s a cliffhanger ending!!! And of course there’s the obvious convenience of an easy to carry and bring places e-reader, as well as an easy to purchase books from your couch and start reading right away. It’s also a requirement if you want to read Netgally or EW books.
In favor of print books:
No matter how convenient or hi-tech an ebook is, nothing will ever replace the print book for me. I love the feel of turning a page. I love the ease of flipping through – especially when there’s a hierarchy or index which are common in fantasies (though not a genre I read that often). Then if you consider MG novels with illustrations to me a print is a must. However the most alluring for for me is that it’s more worth it. Unless I get an ebook for free or under 5$, I will not pay for an electronic copy of a book that I can’t even legally lend to my sister or show off in a pretty bookshelf. I mean, most ebooks are the same price as the paperback version. What is up with THAT? Am I seriously expected to pay 15$ for an ebook when I can buy a physical copy for the same amount? How is that not ridiculous? I know rights and DRM or whatever costs money but I won’t ever believe that it costs publishers the same as printing an actual book. Paper and ink is not cheap. They must make 90% profit on those things. They won’t be getting that profit from me. Anyways, that’s a discussion for another day >.< I don’t even feel like I really own my ebooks, so regardless of the price I prefer a print book that I can hold and smell (yes! Book smell FTW!) and display on my bookshelves to make my house pretty!
Unless it’s an ARC that I get from Netgalley or EW, or I see a 2.99$ deal on a great ebook, you will find me reading my print books. Though even with ARCs, I give preference to print copies. If I run out of time and I have to skip an ARC it will most likely be an ebook one. Most of the time, I will have both an eBook and a Print book on the go simultaneously. I like to pick and choose which format I want to read at the time!
What do you like best about both formats?
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