Many people I know prefer to read print books. They like the feel of the paper, some even like the smell of a standard book. I have to admit, I enjoy the tactile sensation of old-fashioned books made of paper and ink. But I am learning to appreciate using an e-reader. I decided to join the 21st century and buy a Kobo. Then, I downloaded several books and I have begun to read by tablet.
Don’t get me wrong: I still have a huge “To Be Read” collection on my bookshelves. And I like the fact that, if I want to read at the coffee shop, the average softcover is lightweight and nearly indestructible. But hardcovers and dictionaries are heavy hauling, so they stay home.
Yes, there is an advantage to a digital device: It is slim and fits nicely in a large purse or a tote; it has an onboard dictionary, so you don’t have to carry two books (one of them quite bulky and hefty); and you can adjust the light settings to make reading easier in any environment. Another plus: It pays for itself quickly in the difference between prices of print and digital books. Not to mention the convenience of downloading new books from any e-retailer in the world.
Still, paperbacks and hardcovers appeal with their sense of substance. So I continue to avail myself of both types of books, and even borrow audio books from the library from time to time.
Which do you prefer? Print or e-books?