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E-Book vs. Traditional Book

Do You Like to Read Books the Old School Way?

Books might soon go the way of the record — something collectors with a taste for the cover art and scratchy sound keep buying after everyone else switches to the digital version that doesn't require any space in your home. Records still have an appeal, but they're no longer how most people listen to music. Amazon is doing its part to make this happen to paper books, too, by discounting Wi-Fi Kindles to $89 on Black Friday.

As an e-book owner, I love downloading samples before I commit, keeping tons of books in one place, and having the ability to search the book for keywords. My 80-something grandmother loves hers, too, since she can make the font big enough to read. I asked my mom, who happens to be a librarian, for her official take on the ascension of e-books, and she said it's great if it means more people will read. Now if only we could check out e-books for free. Despite the lure of the e-book, do you still prefer turning the pages of a traditional book?

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PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 6 years
When you're on a two week vacation with multiple long flights, carrying multiple books simply doesn't work. Especially when some airlines have weight restrictions on carry on and checked baggage. When I'm able to bring 80 plus books, it's awesome! AND, the Sony eReader has partnered with libraries to allow free books. The book simply expires and you've "returned" your book. Besides, wouldn't going digital be the "green" way to go? HA!
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
I have mixed feelings. For a long time I said "I will NEVER convert to an e-reader" because like many of the other commenters, I like the feeling of an actual book. But then a few months ago I moved, and I had tons and tons of heavy boxes full of books to lug around. If I had a kindle, I could just slip it in my purse and BOOM - all my books have been moved to my new house. That's very appealing to me - I am already dreading the next time I have to move and pack up all my books again.
amber512 amber512 6 years
While I'd love to have multiple books in one electronic device, I just can't read off of a screen. Even reading blogs is difficult sometimes. I would be tempted to print out everything if I didn't have to think about the environment!
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
I'm mixed on this one... I love reading books at home but I've also started reading on my iPhone because the book is always with me and I can read it when I have a few spare minutes (breaks at work, waiting rooms, etc.).
jill10014 jill10014 6 years
I love my Kindle. I can't go back to reading paper books. I usually read several books concurrently & enjoy the fact that they are all contained in one device. As an extra added aside - I can save some trees by not buying all that paper.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I love books, and I will never convert to electronic reading.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
I don't enjoy reading on a screen, ever - even on a laptop, reading academic articles more than 6-7 pages long is difficult. I don't feel like I absorb the information as well. Like others, I also love the physical experience of holding and reading a book. You just can't cuddle up with an ereader, you know? I think the issues of ownership for digital books is also an interesting, and shady, ground. I don't recall the exact details, but Amazon realized that the copyright of one of the ebooks they had been selling had actually expired - and pulled all of the copies which had been sold in the interim from users' Kindles. I believe they were reimbursed, but still - is it a purchase, or is it a license for use? If you had bought a physical book, no one could come and take it away from you, even if they were giving you money back.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I prefer books. In addition to what others have mentioned, you don't have to worry about charging a battery or other glitches.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I admit that the digital bookworld has its appeal, but I really love the feel of a book, the look of a book, the smell of a book, etc. Books feel like so much more than just the words you read. An ebook cannot mimic that. And I'm with fuzzles... the library is like a holy place to me.
neonbee neonbee 6 years
I love the smell of books so I prefer it old school. I tried reading a book on an iPad and it just wasn't the same. I got dizzy.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I'm not going to lie,reading books from my iPad is amazing!You get to pick the font size, there is a dictionary incorporated to it. I just love it. But I will always love reading book the old way,but I can't say is the same as the iPad!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I like the tactile experience of reading a book, but I'm more interested in the information. I would love to have tons of books stored in a way that doesn't weigh a ton.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I like books. I prefer a handwritten journal over a blog, too. The only thing that really appeals to me is having that quick access to many books at once... then again, the book I'm currently reading is not currently available as an ebook.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
There's nothing like the feel of a book in your hands as you're reading. I will never use electronic means to read. I don't understand the need for technology to read a book (unless you need assistance due to disability).
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I can't ever see myself converting. I love the tactile experience of reading a book, even the smell of the pages. And don't get me started about spending a few pleasurable hours puttering around the library!
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