e-book or not e-book

Posted On 6 March 2016

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A couple of years ago I was bought a Kindle, now it’s taken me a while to get fully on board with it but I must confess I love my Kindle now.  Do I love it more than books – oh hell no!  I love books, it is without doubt a different experience holding and reading a book to holding and reading an e-reader, which may seem like an obvious statement but I don’t really mean it in the obvious way, it’s more of the feel of the book, the pages, the smell – I can’t really put my finger on it but for those of you who feel the same you’ll all be nodding your head right now in agreement.

I’m not going to go into the pros and cons here this is more of a do you don’t you post.  I confess that most of my books I now read electronically.  It’s just convenient to be honest.  Then what I tend to do is buy the books that I really love because I wants them on my shelf precious!!  I would say that I read 10:1 ebooks compared to physical books these days.  Now, what about you:  e-book or not???  Enquiring minds need to know????

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34 Responses to “e-book or not e-book”

  1. Ashley M.

    I have been mostly reading ebooks as well just because it is so much easier. Also, with an infant in one hand it is rather convenient to have a reader for one-handed reading! I do the same thing and buy the books I absolutely love for my shelf.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I think one handed reading and the ease of highlighting names and places have got to be two of my favourite things about e-books. I do like to own the books but at least I can just buy the ones I really like now which is better in terms of space.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Ebooks all the way, of course! 🙂
    Practical, easily obtainable (see, buy, download – got to love technology… 🙂 ) and they don’t gather dust on your over-burdened shelves. Not to mention that I do the biggest part of my reading on the subway to and from work, and the reader is soooo wonderfully light, no matter what tome I’m reading.

    But for special books, the ones I want to keep and cherish (and “gollum” over… LOL), paper is still THE thing. Let’s say we can enjoy the best of both worlds, and be happy with it 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love one click – want a book desperately – two seconds later there it is! Plus the ebooks are usually cheaper. I also read on the way to work and the kindle is such a lot lighter to carry around – especially if you think of some of the epic fantasy books which weigh such a lot and are so bulky to carry around.
      The best of both worlds – I like it.
      Lynn 😀

  3. jenclair

    What she said! I keep special books and my nonfiction, and I want physical copies of both. But I love my e-books that I will read once and don’t have to find a place to put them!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think some books definitely need the physical book – in fact that’s one of my bugbears with an e-book – it’s just not as good for maps and glossaries. (1) the screen is so much smaller and (2) it’s not as easy to flip back and forth somehow. Otherwise I love my kindle now. It’s so light and easy to carry about, you can read and turn the pages just one handed whilst you’re doing other things – very simple. I still like my lovely books though but this way I can be more picky about the ones I choose to have on my shelves.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Carmen

    I still have my house full of books, but you should see my Kindle app (hahaha!)
    I do most of my reading nowadays on Kindle, and sometimes when I don’t have the copy on Kindle I resort to the physical copy and read the thing, but it’s proving more and more difficult to do that now.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I’m the same. Thankfully though my book piles are not rising at such an alarming rate now! I find that I’m less inclined to read the physical book these days – the kindle is just lighter, easier to highlight. It has a back light so when I’m travelling home and the light is failing I can still read. It’s easy to look something up and the other thing is if you’re reading one book but you can’t remember something from a prior book in the series, well you can pretty much go and look at it. It’s like carrying a small library around with you!
      Lynn 😀

  5. hlmorris85

    For me it kind of depends on the type of the book. Things I used to read in mass market I’m more than happy to read in ebook form; and the lower cost of ebooks means I also use them to read more unfamiliar things. If it’s nonfiction or something I’ll want to make notes in, I prefer a physical copy. And I’ve found now that if I really love a series or something I might start with one or two on ebook and then go out and buy the whole set for my shelves. There is something more compelling about the physical presence of books- if they were just on ebook, I might forget that they were there.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really do like to buy series for my shelves – like the Jim Butcher books. E-books give you the opportunity to try things first though because they usually are cheaper. The physical book is definitely more compelling though. Another thing that I feel a little bit the loss with e-books is that you don’t see the cover as much or have the title and author reinforced in your mind. When you’re reading a book you see the cover the the author’s name all the time. I find that when I’m reading a new author sometimes I have to go back and check the name out because it just won’t be as stuck in my mind somehow. And, yes, it’s very easy to forget you have a book when it’s electronic. It doesn’t have quite the same ability to make you feel guilty when it’s tucked away on an e-reader as it does when it’s glarming at you from your bedside cabinet!
      Lynn 😀
      Lynn 😀

  6. tethyanbooks

    e-books are just too convenient for me not to love them! It’s one of those things where technology has actually recreated my childhood dreams. I used to daydream about having a single magic book that I could open and read any novel out of an entire library. Sure the feel of a nook/kindle is different from a physical book, but I still love that fun little feeling of magic I get from e-books.

    On the other hand, I buy books in hardback to look nice on my shelves, or to ask authors to sign. You can’t ask an author to sign your e-book, after all :). I do still read them, though, so I don’t mean to imply that my physical books are just ‘display copies’. I’m just a bit slower with them, because I usually don’t bring my nice physical books on trains or planes. That’s why I’ve been reading Alastair Reynolds’ House of Suns for like half a year so far (fun book, though!).

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh my Lord I love your comment. I feel all magical and whimsical now over my love for the Kindle. It really is like a magic book! I do love books, I can’t help it, and I want to own them. It’s almost like they’re like trophies or prized possessions on display but ebooks are just so easy – and there are so many handy tools on the readers that make everything simple. I can highlight names, places and dates so easily, look up a word if I want. It always saves my place. And I just love that I can buy a book and receive it immediately – although nothing is as good as that feeling of finding a book shaped packed in your post!
      I definitely don’t want to carry my nice books around – they end up getting all bashed and battered (fluff and other things become attached to them) although on the other hand I do like my paperbacks to have a lived in feel! Odd that.
      Lynn 😀

      • tethyanbooks

        Thanks! Me too, on the damage–I have some pretty battered old paperbacks for just that reason.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I know – they have a lovely lived in feel don’t they!
        Lynn 😀

  7. Rindis

    I am soooo out of room on my bookshelves, so I have a lot of Kindle ebooks out of self defense.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Absolutely – all in self defence. I actually have books propping up my bookshelf – which is a disaster waiting to happen.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Redhead

    i do have a kindle, and yes, it’s really convenient. it fits in my purse, which is awesome!

    but. . . i find that when I read an e-book it’s hard for me to remember what I’ve read. something about the physicality and tactile experience that goes alongside reading a physical book helps me concentrate and remember what I’ve read.

    like Rindis, i’m out of room on my bookshelves. hasn’t yet stopped me from buying more books. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I find with e-books that I don’t feel the same connection with the author and the cover, which sounds a bit crazy but when I’m reading a book, carrying it around, constantly in and out of my bag, I’m seeking the cover, title and author continuously – which I do miss. I find that sometimes when I’ve finished a book I can’t remember who wrote it!
      The thing I love about it is the highlighting which is so easy and quick so I tend to use it for names and dates, place names, etc. I do love that feature. I like the lightness of reading – especially when I go to bed at night – I can actually lie down, read and flip the pages all with one hand – try doing that with one of your usual epic fantasy books and you’d probably be found dead, crushed and smothered in your bed come morning! Book shelf space will never stop me buying books. You just have to be a bit more creative about where and how you stash them!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I have gone back and forth in my life. Of course I love having physical books, but I went through a period where I was moving every year or so, and packing and unpacking my shelves got to be such a pain in butt that for a while I swore off buying any physical books for years. Definitely can’t beat ebooks and ereaders when it comes to convenience, I like being able to travel with hundreds of books at my fingertips. It wasn’t until I settled in my current home that I started amassing physical books for my library again 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love being able to travel with loads of books in one convenient reader but ultimatelyI want my own little library room and you can’t have that without books lining the shelves. That’s my excuse for constantly buying more.
      Lynn 😀

  10. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I always have been and always will be physical books (all natural 😉 LOL) for basically the same reasons as you. I do have a table I read on though, but the only time I will read books on there are for review copies that I cannot get a physical copy of.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, most of my books for review for e-books. I actually prefer it that way as I can always carry them all around with me. I do like to buy the ones I like for the shelves though.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I definitely read way more ebooks than physical books. It’s just so much easier! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is easier. I still love books but I like now that I’m a bit more selective about which ones I buy.
      Lynn 😀

  12. jessicabookworm

    I was nodding throughout this post 🙂

  13. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader)

    Ebooks!
    I got my Kindle at the end of August and at first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy reading ebooks but oh lord, now I read 90% of my books on it and I love how light, convenient and economic it is. Now I tried to only buy books that I have already read on my Kindle and that I am 100% sure that I love. Also I don’t have much space to put books so, ebooks are awesome. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Agreed with everything you said. I can be a lot more selective now about the physical books that I keep which is great. Plus ebooks are a lot more reasonable to buy so I can buy more to try out!
      Lynn 😀

  14. Nathan

    I have a hard time picking up a physical book anymore. While blogging I did it quite a bit but this year I have probably read 3 books that were not on my Kindle.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m pretty much the same now. I like to own the book but I prefer to read it on kindle.
      Lynn 😀

  15. booksblurbsandbeyond

    I definitely agree with you. I don’t have a kindle, but I do have a kobo and I love it. It is perfect for carrying many books without the weight and it’s definitely the perfect travel companion. However, physical books have a special space in my heart and nothing will be able to take it away.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love being able to carry around so many books. My biggest nightmare is forgetting to charge the battery!!!!
      Lynn 😀

  16. bookdrblog

    I love reading on my Kindle, it’s so convenient. I actually did an ebook vs physical books post not long ago on my blog. I am reading more physical books lately and I keep going to press on the words to get the dictionary like I do with my Kindle because I am just so used to it! I look ridiculous!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean – I’ve also done something similar! *awkward*
      Lynn 😀

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