Reader to Reader: Book Vs E-Book

Book Vs E-Book the Great Debate! By Stephanie Ager
Book Vs. E-book is the great debate that’s not going to be resolved anytime soon. However in my personal experience there is definitely room for compromise. Sure with today’s technology, an e-reader can’t replace the feel and smell of a good book, however with wireless technology its made a breeze of being able to buy books for a fraction of the normal price; some even free and instantly being able to read the book via downloading it straight to your e-reader.

However is this enough to sway any dedicated avid bookworm to change format from paper to digital screen?  To shed some light onto this great world wide debate I’m going to tell you about my personal experience with the e-reader and book debate. Being an avid reader myself, I must admit that I was a bit dubious about the release of the e-reader and knew it would cause a lot of controversy with a lot of readers in today’s community.  When I received my Amazon Kindle for Christmas, I must say I was very happy with it. First of all the screen is fantastic! The technology they have used to make the screen is breathtaking; it looks like the page of a real book. I have read a few books on my Kindle and I have not had any problems with it so far. The screen doesn’t strain your eyes and doesn’t give you a headache like a lot of the other unknown brands have had reports of. It’s pretty self-explanatory on how to use it, you can connect it to your PC/Laptop or use it wirelessly to download a book and the speed it goes straight to your Kindle. Trust me, blink and you will miss it. I know a lot of people that have bought an e-reader  fter tireless debates and opinions from other people and they are happy with the result.

An e-reader is not going to stop books being published. I still buy books even though I have an e-reader, I switch between the two effortlessly, and who can say no to books when they are on sale. Some authors have yet to give the green light to having their novels as an e-book format, but it is becoming more popular. Just think of all the room you will save in your suitcase/briefcase or handbag.

Overall some tips for you if you are considering buying an e-reader or still in the ‘I don’t know phase’….

1. Do some research into some e-readers, and read the reviews, etc. If people have had eye strain or head aches, if they have had any problems.

2. Shop around for best prices.

3. It’s not a long term commitment; you can go back and forth between the two effortlessly.

4. You can still buy books, I do especially when they are on sale, or if you just fancy picking one up.

5. You don’t have to wait for delivery of your books; in a minute they are on your e-reader/computer.

6. Also e-readers are eco-friendly, which is a great element for any environmentalist.

Overall I believe getting an e-reader is a good investment. It’s not too complicated, they are easy to use, and you don’t have to go fully digital; you can switch between the two. Plus you don’t have to have lots of bookcases overflowing with books; you can keep them on you e-reader.

How about you? Post a reply below.

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  1. annmarie says:

    great article steph love it. i love my books but still have a kindle :)

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  3. Sarah says:

    Excellent points.
    I love my kindle, but I love paper books too.

    But – re the eco friendly aspect of ereaders? I’m not so sure. Kindles can’t be recycled, there’s no recycling facility through Amazon so what happens to all that tech hardware when it’s broken or obsolete or just replaced? Then there’s the manufacturing – sure paper books use energy, consume trees and resources including transportation which is using up fossil fuels and creating pollution. But how are ereaders made? Which rare minerals and metals are we mining out now to create these devices? There’s a bigger picture….

    • CORRECTION:
      SARAH, UP ABOVE, STATES AMAZON DOES NOT RECYCLE EREADERS. CORRECT, HOWEVER, YOUR LOCAL ELECTRONICS STORES “DO” RECYCLE THEM!!!! SO, “YES”, YOU “CAN” RECYCLE EREADERS! YOU TAKE THEM TO YOUR NEAREST BEST BUY (they are the largest store that recycles ALL electronics!) AND DROP ANY ELECTRONICAL ITEM IN THEIR RECYCLE BOX! OR, ANY OTHER STORE YOU MAY KNOW OF THAT “DOES RECYCLE ELECTRONICS1” Those batteries in the ereaders are a lithium based battery and NEED to be recycled, ‘NOT’ THROWN IN THE GARBAGE which I think many people may do not knowing otherwise. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH!!!
      By throwing these items in our household garbage, they go into the landfills and RUIN our drinking water, and our FOOD that is grown in the ground! As those things decay, they spread out through the earth. They don’t just stay in the landfill area!
      ALL ELECTRONICS SHOULD BE HANDLED IN THIS WAY, JUST LIKE PAINT, CHEMICALS AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS SHOULD BE RECYCLED!
      SHAME ON YOU IF YOU SNUCK THAT PAINT CAN INSIDE OF A BLACK GARBAGE BAG, OR, ANY CHEMICALS, ESPECIALLY DRAIN CLEANERS IN THERE, TOO!
      EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOME CAN BE RECYCLED!
      That comment ticked me off! “IF” you stay current by going INTO electronics stores OR BY CALLING THEM ON THE PHONE AND ASKING “WHO” ACCEPTS ITEMS TO BE RECYCLED? Hardware stores or even calling the city or township you live in, you WILL find out how and where YOU CAN RECYCLE EVERYTHING you have in your home!
      Another thing – have an item you think might be worth money? Go on Facebook to YOUR CITY! You’ll find PAGES OF FREE SWAPS, POSTING FREE ITEMS, and so much more! I’ve participated in them! I’ve had old furniture (and even magazines other people wanted!) that I did NOT want to land in a landfill. I posted it back when it used to be a newspaper! What we do is leave the items on our porch with a name on them (if there were more than 1 item). People came by, picked it up, and it’s off your hands into someone’s who WILL use it!! Ta, da! Yes, it works beautifully! I will be having a boxspring and mattress that has NEVER been slept on! it was a gift from my neighbor! They had it in their guest room, but NO ONE stayed overnight! They asked if we could use it, and yes, we could at the time. Ended up my daughter never has stayed overnight! They continue to remain UNUSED! So, I’m off to list it and look for a daybed! (That way she won’t feel left out! I have to be careful of her feelings!)
      SO PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, RECYCLE YOUR EREADERS, COMPUTERS, ALL BATTERY OPERATED DEVICES, INCLUDING THE ‘STICK’ ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES! Yes, those ARE lithium batteries that should NEVER be thrown into the garbage!
      Now, off to enjoy reading on my ereader!
      Thanks!
      LaurieHeredotcom

  4. I love paperbacks , I don’t own an E Reader , but really don’t want one , I like holding the book , it makes me feel more into the story and Author.

  5. Kimberly says:

    I think both are great! It’s just another format to read, instead of only choosing between hardbacks and paperbacks, you now have another format option: ebooks. I live in Chicago and take the train to work and carrying an ereader is lighter weight for me, so it’s certainly my preference. It’s also great if I’m close to finishing one book that I have another with me to start on the way home without having to carry around two heavy books. I still love to buy books at my neighborhood bookstore, too. And there are some books that I want a physical copy of to display on my bookshelves. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer here, it’s simply a matter of personal preferences.

  6. HowDy I like your site alot. Will read more. Thanks for posting. 😀

  7. Stephanie, nice summary. I would also add to your list is deciding between an e-ink reader (Kindle) or a tablet type reader (iPad, nook Color).

    The e-ink buys you the great strain-free reading experience. You don’t get that with a tablet, which uses the same kind of screen as you computer (but you do get more flexibility).

    Depends on what you want. I love my Kindle. For long fiction books, I really prefer it over paper at this point.

  8. Seb Kirby says:

    Hi

    Great website and an interesting article.

    I read both paper books and ebooks on my Kindle. I don’t see much of a contradiction there.

    In fact, I’ve always thought that the two formats would coexist happily. After all it’s the activity – reading – that really matters!

    Best wishes

    Seb

  9. Hi, I was also a little dubious about a Kindle but thought that as a book reviewer I should “get with the now” and try one out. I had one as a birthday present and was quite excited as shortly after my birthday I was also going on holiday and normally take a caseful of books with me. This time, I bit the bullet and didn’t take one book away at all, and I loaded my Kindle up with about 20 books in total hoping and praying that I was going to enjoy this new technology.

    I absolutely loved it! I just got into the stories I was reading and didn’t really notice that I was reading it on something different. I still love books, and like you say Lia, the feel and the smell of a book is attractive to me. I also love to look at book covers, so to lose the gorgeous colours and pictures of some of the covers to the black and grey of a Kindle ebook is not the same. But I definitely approve of my Kindle. I alternative between the two and have even raved about mine so much that my 79 year old Auntie has just gone out and treated herself to one and is really enjoying it. Just goes to show that we’re never too old to grow with technology.

    Kim
    xxx