Kindle or Paperback? (Books)

One of the things that intrigues me about reading is how some people are so passionate about printed books and others are perfectly content with electronic stories. Some readers are fairly polarised about this issue but I tend to read both.

As a writer and avid reader of narratives, it fascinates me that many have really strong opinions on this matter. Below are some of the points that people I know have made about the two types of books.

Kindle Ebooks

– Easy to read on the move as they can be accessed using your mobile phone, kindle reader or iPad.

– Navigable. You can use a drop-down list to select what chapter or page you want to find instantly.

– They track where you have got to, even updating different devices. If I read on my iPad kindle app, it will update my phone app too so I always know where I am. No bookmarks falling out and making me lose my place.

– Kindle books are usually cheaper, often just a few pounds or up to ten pounds if newer.

– Ebooks take up less space.

Paperback books

– They smell good when freshly opened. Nothing beats the feel of a brand new book.

– Being compact, they are great to take on trains or read on holiday by the beach.

– You can make notes in them or add post-it notes. Some readers like to highlight sections or add comments.

– Books can be handed to friends to read when you have finished or sold on afterwards.

– Paperback books tend to hurt your eyes less as they don’t emit bright lights.

This was just a fun book related post as I have had a very busy few days. Please comment your thoughts on the matter and maybe follow my little blog.

23 thoughts on “Kindle or Paperback? (Books)

  1. Good comparison! I would also add that you can make notes in an ebook as well. Advantage is that it can easily be deleted unlike that of a printed book

  2. I love the feel of physical books but lately have gotten into reading more ebooks and now even audiobooks! Purely because it’s more practical for me (my child likes to claim my paperbacks for her own whenever I try to read!).

  3. I will read both! Kindle is usually for when the book is not available yet in my country. I enjoy also audiobooks. This is a great post.

  4. I am really torn by this. I am not a huge fan of reading off a kindle, but I do listen to audible a lot. Personally I love the feel of a book and being able to smell the pages as I turn them, but I am a big believer that you should consume the knowledge and books you love any way you love them.

  5. I get why people like to actually own the stuff. I still like to at least own a download of music I listen too, rather than subscribing to something like Spotify

  6. I love both, but I do use my kindle more often. I’d also add that eBooks are easier to take to places like the gym – you can read it while on the treadmill without having to worry about keeping pages open.

  7. I’m the same as you Jamie I really see the benefits of both. I love the ease of reading from my Kindle – it’s lightweight , well lit (but not glaring like reading from my ipad), and can hold so many books. I do enjoy reading hardcovers and paperbacks (not really mass market) for the smell and feel of the pages. Throw in audiobooks and I could discuss my love of these for days! Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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