Books vs. eBooks

  • xXhayleyroxXx

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    I prefer having an actual novel to hold in my hands.
    December 15th, 2010 at 10:17am
  • budgie

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    I also don't really like spending money on something that isn't a physical thing, if that makes sense. Even though ebooks are cheaper, I still prefer actual books.

    But I agree with what Matt Smith said -- ebooks are so handy when you're doing an essay XD
    December 18th, 2010 at 03:32pm
  • wicked ways

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    I wouldn't mind an eBook for like an iPhone or something because it's handy rather then taking out a book in the middle of a public place. It's easier to take out your phone.

    But, traditional books are much better. eBooks are not the same.
    December 19th, 2010 at 02:42am
  • die Bienen Knie

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    I have no desire to read an eBook what so ever...
    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:25am
  • kafka.

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    I also don't really like spending money on something that isn't a physical thing, if that makes sense. Even though ebooks are cheaper, I still prefer actual books.
    The money you have on your credit card are not really physical, but they're still yours. Same goes for music you buy on iTunes.
    December 22nd, 2010 at 09:53pm
  • outtahereyall

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    I really like ebooks, actually.
    I've got the majority of the stuff I love to read on it, it's light, and I can always pull out a book if the battery dies.
    What I say to my friend; "It's easier then carrying around 20 different books."
    And it is. I've got about twenty or thirty books that I want to read, and as soon as I finish one I can go right into the next one. And I can read them on my computer.

    Though not much compares to reading an actual books, ebooks are pretty cool.

    also, my favorite part: You can take PDF files from your computer and put them on nooks. I totally don't have one or two mibba stories saved Shifty
    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:45pm
  • mfaller

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    I am the biggest proponent of physical books. You're looking at the person who will shell out any amount of money to buy the hardback version, and if there's the kind with the gold-leafed edges and attached bookmark? Forget that it's fifty dollars, I need it!
    That being said, I love my nook. Sentimentalists, step aside. You loose nothing by buying the cheap, portable, lightweight large font easy-to-read versions of the stories you love, You think the characters are going to suddenly become boring, their dialogue trite, because you can't sniff the cinnamon-scented pages?
    Spare me your monologue on how "It's different" because you can't "feel it in your hands." What is an e-reader, weightless? You can hold it all day and night.
    I'll not stand for this "Books are the best" nonsense. They both have their merits and the nook is a sleek little device; I'm proud of owning one.
    December 25th, 2010 at 08:42am
  • Absolutely Arsenic

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    I love my Nook. The screen on the original one doesn't hurt your eyes at all(though I hear the Nook Color does) and, let's face it, I like how cheap the books are on there. My mother loves it as well, because she has bad eyesight and you can change the font size, and while before she had to search for large-print books, now she can read anything. I don't find it any less relaxing than reding a paper book. It's a lot lighter, and if you read it while keeping it in the cover (like I do), it feels more like a book.
    December 30th, 2010 at 06:08pm
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    I recently moved over to eBooks, I got the Nook Color for Christmas, and I'm happy with it. I like eBooks, just for the fact I live on campus and soon will be moving to a small apartment and I don't have the room for all the books I have at my mom's place. Plus, the public library is so far away from my school it's not worth it.

    For me though, I like having books I adore in the traditional form. So, if I read an ebook I love. I will go out and buy the hard copy. It's extra money, but just how I am.
    Plus, Harry Potter doesn't come in eBook form.
    January 2nd, 2011 at 07:48am
  • ToastAndJam

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    I can find value in both real books and e-books. Real books are amazing because they just are. I think everyone who's a reader will say real books are amazing. There's nothing like going into a bookstore and browsing the books and having them in your hand and being able to flip through them. One thing I miss with my Nook is that I can't actually flip through the pages.

    That being said, I have a Nook and I love it. There are tons of books I can get for free on it so that's nice. But when people say e-books are cheaper, this isn't always true. I've found a lot of the books are ten dollars whether they are e-books or made of paper. But then again, I've found e-books for free or like five dollars when in the cheapest paperback it's eight or teen. Either way, I love my Nook mostly for the space saving. I use to have around three hundred or more books. Then I had to move into a college dorm room and had to get rid of most of the books or pack them up. I went to school with about twenty five books and even those seem to take up a ton of room. I have about eighty books on my Nook right now and it takes up the room of an average novel. Also, my Nook isn't any harder on the eyes than a regular book. It depends on the screen, I think. My Nook has e-ink rather than one of those LCD (I think that's what they're called...) screens that have a back light like a computer.
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:49pm
  • fool's paradise

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    I'm such a purist. It has to be on paper for me to be able to pay attention to it. tehe

    Needless to say I support old-fashioned book books.
    January 5th, 2011 at 03:33am
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    I love books. I love going to a bookstore and looking for something to read. I could spend hours in a bookstore tehe. I got a Kindle for xmas; a complete surprise to me. I kind of like it. I've downloaded some free books, books that normally would not attract me if I were in a bookstore. So I guess for me that's the plus of a Kindle but at the end of the day I still love traditional books.
    January 10th, 2011 at 06:06am
  • Ann Wescott

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    I'm honestly in love with both. Like last night I finished my paperback copy of Girl, Interrupted that I actually bought through Amazon. I still buy paperbacks even though I have a Kindle that I got for my eighteenth birthday that I love. I like being able to order and download them right away. I like that they are slightly cheaper than buying the paper or hard back books, or free. I find them easy to read and I get just as absorbed in eBooks as I do in traditional books. A lot of times I forget that I'm not reading an actual paper book.

    I still buy traditional books. Especially if they don't have them for my Kindle. Like Girl, Interrupted. I ordered it from Amazon the moment I found out it wasn't on my Kindle. And people still buy me books. Like my grandma got me a box set of the Vampire Academy series for Christmas. And I'll get the last books in the series in paperback, just with my Sookie Stackhouse series. If I have all the books in the series in paperback, I want to finish them in paperback. Maybe I'm weird.

    In all... both have their good points, and I get absorbed when I read from both.
    January 12th, 2011 at 04:36pm
  • kitsch

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    I like both, now that I have an eReader.

    Cute

    But nothing beats a worn paperback on those rainy days.
    I think it's more convenient to have eBooks, as well as the price
    and ease of purchase but I'll always love the traditional way.
    January 30th, 2011 at 01:53am
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    eBooks hurt my eyes and make me dizzy. Twitch
    January 30th, 2011 at 02:02am
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    eBooks hurt my eyes and make me dizzy. Twitch
    Modern ereaders usually don't have backlit screens so they really shouldn't hurt your eyes any more than a regular book.
    January 31st, 2011 at 11:21am
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    Also...for everyone saying that ebooks is like reading off a computer screen, that's not true. They use e-ink so it's like reading off an actual book in terms of the...sight.
    June 26th, 2011 at 07:39pm
  • CarmelaLake

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    I got a Sony Reader about 2 years ago for Christmas. I was in love with it at first, but after a while, I found out alot of the books I like to read, weren't even on there. So I kind of put the reader down for a while and just got back into reading the paper back books I love. My mom doesn't like it because it seems like we're always running down to the local bookstore thats like 30 minutes away from us, or to Walmart for me to get new books. I just have to say, I like having the books in hand, and being able to read out of the actual book. I do like having the reader, but being able to see the space full up in my book shelves from all the new books I get, it's awesome to watch. something you can't really do with eBooks. I will read on my reader still, but I'll mainly stick to my real, traditional books.
    June 27th, 2011 at 07:54pm
  • ChemicallyImbalanced

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    I just discovered how great eReaders are for going away. I have a Kobo eReader and I never really used it before now. I have a tendency to start like... 5 different books at the same time, so just having the the Kobo instead of taking all my books overseas with me makes everything a lot easier.
    June 28th, 2011 at 06:02am
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    The thing about e-books is that I don't finish them, mostly. It takes me more time to read books, too. But that's natural. One reads faster on paper than on a screen. However, I think that e-books are actually very positive. Not only is it a great way to keep your personal library around with you, it's also a great paper saver. And because of that, the books are much cheaper and instant.

    Yet, I do love the traditional book reading way. ♥
    June 28th, 2011 at 08:06am