Books vs. eBooks

  • This.Useless.Heart.

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    Even though I do like the idea of saving paper and some of the other convenient aspects of ebooks, I don't want them to replace traditional books at all. I don't think they will though.

    Ultimately though, I don't care as long as people are reading and writing.
    June 21st, 2013 at 12:10am
  • aubs

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    I love both books and ebooks, but I think that I like books a little bit more. I really like the feel of holding a physical book in your hands, and having to turn the pages yourself, but there are some books that I can't get since they're only ebooks. And actual books, to me, can take up a lot of space, while on an ebook, all of your books are on one device. However, I, in no way, want ebooks to completely replace books.
    June 21st, 2013 at 07:34pm
  • awake and alive;

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    Seeing as I have a vision impairment, I prefer ebooks as they don't tire me out as much and I can make the font bigger. I do like paperback, but ebooks are easier for my eyes.
    June 22nd, 2013 at 09:23am
  • delirium.

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    I actually really like both books.
    I like ebooks because they are cheaper and I don't have to carry all of them around. (Like school books because they are super heavy.) Also, I like that I can change the color scheme so that it isn't black text on white background which makes it hard for me to focus.
    I like books because... well it's nice to feel the pages and I love that book smell.
    June 23rd, 2013 at 03:48am
  • marsflor

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    I'm a fan of both, but I prefer traditional books.
    Sometimes I simply don't have enough time to head to the bookstore, and it's easier to just click a button on my Kindle and download it. Especially since I used to live in Spain, and it's difficult to find books in English there, so sometimes my Kindle was my last resort... or waiting around 3 weeks for one traditional book to come in the mail.
    June 29th, 2013 at 03:13am
  • Chaos Walking

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    I prefer traditional books, but there are so many people who are taking eBooks as being a personal offence. As you move ahead through time the way we read developed with technology, and that's what's happening again now. I can't see regular books being wiped out any time soon, but I do wish more people would embrace the changing technology and the fact that these things could be the future, a new generation of reading in the same way modern paperback books were once.
    June 29th, 2013 at 11:44am
  • the god of thunder.

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    I appreciate traditional books a lot more than Ebooks. They don't feel as personal. :u Also, physical books allow for employment that Ebooks don't, such as book binding, book repairs, cover art, the printing press, etc. Ebooks don't totally eliminate those jobs, but they're likely to become more scarce if the amount of printed books continue to decline. But I don't think total replacement would be able to occur, at least for a long time.
    July 30th, 2013 at 08:16pm
  • solo sunrise

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    I don't prefer one over the other. Everyone likes real books for that wonderful feel, right? I mean, it might as well not be reading without it. No. Wrong. A book is a book no matter what format. I think eBooks are optimal for people with sensory issues that may deal with paper books; sometimes I can't handle the texture of the paper, and that can distract me. I do like the smell, yes, but not always the texture.
    August 7th, 2013 at 06:47am
  • Careless Whisper.

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    I prefer actual books. I grew up loving to read and I just love the feel of a book, as strange as that sounds. Plus, no batteries. XD

    That being said, I'd love a Kindle.
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:17am
  • hazuki.

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    I love actual books. I have such a collection that I still didn't manage to move them all out of mom's place to my place. But I rarely read them, to tell the truth. Most of the times I start reading a book, but give it up five minutes later. Then I start another one, and yet another one and can't finish any of them.

    I read a lot more ebooks. Especially because sometimes I want a specific book and if it was for me to wait to get a physical copy, I'd just lose interest and then I'd be like "I don't even want to read this sheez anymore" when I finally get it. With internet, in less then two minutes I have it on my Kindle and I'll start reading while I'm still excited about it.

    Besides, this way I can read at work, when the store is empty. For some reason my boss wouldn't allow us to read books, but Kindles are fine with her. Unsure
    August 15th, 2013 at 01:42am
  • DefiningCommonSense

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    Physical books over ebooks any day.
    I thinks its just so much more relaxing to sit down with a physical books, and like a true bibliophile perhaps smell that old book smell (or new book smell, I like both).
    I have a dictionary collection too, in my lean library, and there is something truly lovely about a physical dictionary (especially as I like to annotate some of my books). In the older ones you can find some awesome, less commonly used words.
    Mr. Green
    April 28th, 2014 at 01:57am
  • she's fresh to death

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    July 14th, 2014 at 07:51am
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    I like them both, and, anyway, I'm not in a position to be picky. The nearest bookstore is over an hour away from me, and I outgrew our library when I was a teenager. I don't have credit cards or paypal accounts, so I don't even have much ability to buy books online. Having an eBook (my Kindle Fire HDX) gives me the chance to read when I wouldn't be able to otherwise.
    It's the same for me. I much prefer actual books, but my eBook reader is the only reason I can read books nowadays. That's not to say that I don't take advantage of thrift stores and used book stores, but when it comes to the ones I can't find without going to Barnes & Noble or something, my eBook reader is the only reason I can read. I have to admit that eBook readers are unfortunately convenient. I was dead-set against them for a long time until I understood that I'm not always going to be able to get my hands on the physical copies of books that I really, really want to read.
    July 15th, 2014 at 06:32am
  • independence.

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    I think I've posted here before, but I can't remember. I'm not picky. I love physical books (and they're much easier when needing to quote things or cite them), but my kindle takes up much less space, and heading to college, I need space. (Don't worry, I've still got like 7 physical ones I'm taking with me Mr. Green)
    July 19th, 2014 at 06:14pm
  • Nightly

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    When it comes to practically I'll take my ebooks on my ereader. I remember the days when I was traveling and only had so much luggage space for the books I wanted to bring. I got a fairly large purse just so I could fit at least 2 or 3 medium sized books, but was never satisfied because I couldn't bring ALL the ones I wanted.

    But now? Shoot, I have a little purse I can slip my Paperwhite into and out of with no problem. 2 books? 3? How about 50? A click of my fingers and all my precious stories are right there, taking up next to no space at all.

    And the lack of weight is amazing to me! Those huge books could only be read from a few positions for ever so long at a time before my arms would tire and the handling became awkward. No problems with that anymore. They all weigh the same on my ereader. Very Happy

    I don't know about ereaders being hard on the eyes. I guess if you are reading from a phone or a computer or tablet that might be a problem, but ereaders shouldn't be difficult. I'm sure the Paperwhite could be if the screen grew too bright, but the lighting is readily adjustable, I can make it to where it's just as easy to read as a regular book. And there are other readers, like the Kindle Keyboard, that don't come with a backlight at all so it really does have the same "feel" as a page. At least to me...I do wish I hadn't broken mine. Sad

    Don't get me wrong though. If I had the money I would purchase all of my favorite "necessary" books in hardback. I never want my ereader battery to die unexpectedly and me being caught in an empty house without a single book to entertain me. Plus I can probably find better prices on used books than what their ebook price is listed.
    August 4th, 2014 at 05:03am
  • Valerie.

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    I like how practical eBooks are but I like traditional books better. However, I prefer audio books over both of them.
    September 28th, 2014 at 09:13am
  • TheChameleon

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    One reason I like e-books is because I can carry 10 books (or more) in one small device. When I go on vacation I download several books and I am good for a couple of weeks. My Kindle Fire makes the perfect e-reader.
    May 4th, 2019 at 05:51am