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11 July 2015

Physical Books vs eBooks

As a book blogger, I can say that reading is a great activity for our mind and a fun hobby. This said, there are different ways one can choose to read, which have both pros and cons. 

I’m not gonna lie and admit that I’m a huge fan of physical books. I love new books, used books, paperbacks and hard covers. The simple perspective of a new edition of the same book makes me excited like a kid on Christmas day.

On the other hand, eBooks aka the digital copy of (normal) books can be found in different formats (pdfs, Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.) but they all feel and look the same to me - boring.

The thing with physical books is that they offer the most entertaining part of the reading process – choosing a good edition at the bookstore; holding it while reading and admiring the font, the pages and the extras at the beginning and end; having it on your bedside table; showing it to yours friends and sharing ideas on it. How can one resist without this?

In a way, I wish I was one of those people who appreciates eBooks. I am quite a traveller, so I should be acknowledging their practicality and give in as opposed to carrying heavy tomes in my bag. They are also more accessibile since new books are first available for Kindle edition rather than in bookshops. And most new authors use it to get started.


We're so lucky to be able to live in a century where we only need a click to get a new books. But I'm a bit of a nostalgic person who often likes things the old way. I like going for walks without my phone in my pocket; to be in nature instead of the city; and to hold a real book instead of a digital one.

Are you more of a physical book person or an eBook person?

14 comments:

  1. Four interesting questions, Assia:
    1./4. I am a book person. We have a room full of books (thousands of books!) and two computers. In addition, I have two eReaders: Tolino (for ePub formats), Kindle (for mobi and pdf formats). Both are filled with several hundred books.
    I love to hold a book, I love how a book smells. However, I am frequently asked to read and review. Being in Central Europe, it is easier to receive eBook copies; it is easier to meet a deadline if I can use every free moment for reading if the book is on an eReader.
    2. Buying physical books may delay the decrease of bookshops a little longer. The occasional second hand book still ends up in our 'library' (it isn't even the smallest room in our flat), we have to read more digital copies, though.
    3. My first impression: "Great! I can switch to a sans serif font!"

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  2. I'm a Physical book person. No better smell exists in the world than that of fresh books! :)

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  3. I totally understand the feeling! :)

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  4. I still love real books most of all but for the sake of convenience I have loads on my iPad too :)

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  5. I'm with Purpleanais. I love that the walls of my house are covered with books and will always choose the physical book if both formats are sitting on the table. But I like having my e-reader for convenience and for easy expansion of my library. I see the two formats existing side-by-side for years to come. Yes they compete to some extent, but they're companion formations in another sense, two compatible tools in a toolbox.

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  6. I have a passion for real books which I guess I call physical books. I have yet to go the electronic route but as I am about to venture off to the Middle East to live, I know I should switch over... but still haven't. When I watch others read on their E books, it takes some of the fascination away from reading for me. I can't seem to get over this... even the ease and affordability of it doesn't sway me yet.

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  7. That's my aspiration. Hope to be able to do both one day! :)

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  8. I know how you feel. I'm also sentimental about them too! Whenever I think about this new upcoming trend with e-books I get so scared that they will fully replace the beauty of physical books. But I love e-books for their versatility and portability but they are also slightly unreliable compared to physical books.

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  9. It sounds like your library is a fantastic one. I'm jealous! Hope to have one like that one day. And your first impression of the kindle is hilarious! :)

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  10. I'd love to be able to embrace both forms. I will try in the future and be open like you are ;)

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  11. Me too. I completely understand it. Imagine when (if) you leave the Middle East and realise you bought no books there but only had online copies. How weird would that feel?! Haha!

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  12. I think that's very true and also I read that you tend to absorb a lot less by reading a digital book as opposed to a real one. Let alone the fantasy experience that comes along with it.

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  13. I know exactly what you mean. So far, I rebel but I may soon cave to the ease of it.

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  14. Thanks, Assia. I know I'm good :)

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