Paperbacks vs. Ebooks, What’s Your Poison?

Good Morning Bookworms,

I hope you’re getting a good start to your week, and you are taking good care of yourselves as well. Self care, don’t forget people!

I’m stopping by with another bookish question. It’s definitely one that’s been asked many a time, but I’m curious how you feel.

Which do you prefer, paperbacks or ebooks? How strong is your aversion to the one you don’t favor?

Personally, I’ve always preferred a physical book. My dayjob involves sitting in front of a computer all day, so the last thing I want to see is another screen when I get home.

Also, I’m a Taurus, and Tauruses are known for being very material. If I love a book, I MUST own it to put on my bookshelf, end of story.

Don’t get me wrong, I have read plenty an ebook, but it takes more effort for me than reading a physical book.

Actually, while writing this post, I had a small epiphany.

I don’t like reading eBooks on my phone because that’s where all my social media and other notifications are, constantly dinging at me for my attention and seriously testing my redhead righteous fury.

Perhaps if I were to get a separate reader like a kindle or kobo or something I might be a little more receptive. I still don’t feel like I’d fall off the deep end, but it may change my opinion a bit. Guess I know what to ask for on my birthday!

So how do you feel? Is the smell of a used or freshly printed book irresistible, or do you prefer to have a world of books at the disposal of your nimble fingers?

Feel free to tell me all about your opinion in the comments, and have a great day!

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18 Comments »

  1. I prefer physical books and taking a leaf out of your book, Jonny (hehe) any ebooks I rate 5 star I’m going to buy print copies. I mostly read ebooks on my phone because of cost, speed of getting the book and because I always have my phone with me. Before I could do that, I always carried a couple of books around with me wherever I went.

    • Haha, glad I had a positive influence on you! I’m big on having bookcases that reflect my tastes in books.

      I totally understand reading ebooks due to cost and portability. I mean, you don’t want to buy a book then hate it and give it away. That’d be a total waste of money.

      • That’s it. I’m more willing to take a chance on an ebook because it is usually cheaper and doesn’t take up so much space. If I love it, it gets added to the library.

      • Totally!

        May I also suggest your local library? I know it’s not always convenient, but I love my local library to pieces and have such a relaxing time when I go there.

        The only thing with that is that my TBR can easily go haywire because of pretty books I see and must read.

      • Yes I must join my local library. I used to frequent the library when I lived in other places and found some great old books, but I haven’t joined my new library since I moved. Thanks!

  2. I honestly don’t care either way. I will say I don’t like spending a lot of money on ebooks. I don’t see the point in paying so much for a book that I don’t actually have in my hand. If the ebook is just as expensive or more expensive than the actual book I would rather have the book. .99 is pretty much the most I will spend on an ebook but I have been known to spend as much as $4 for something I really want to read but that happens very rarely.

  3. I prefer physical books, hands down. Part of the enjoyment of reading to me is being able to hold the book in my hand, to curl the pages. I actually really love second hand books. If someone’s already broken it in for me, so the pages flip easier, there might be wrinkles or signs of wear… like someone’s loved it before me, I love that. I also love the smell of old books… it’s all about creating the atmosphere for me. The small things just make me appreciate the book that much more.

    That being said, I see a place for Ebooks. I think the biggest example for me is When I’m on long-haul flights… or even cross country flights, I like my ebook. Having tons of books in one Kindle, versus carrying twelve books in my backpack… it’s handy.

    • P.S. please don’t judge me for my spelling and grammar… capitalization of words that shouldn’t be capitalized, etc…

      I’d make an excuse for it, but plainly, I just suck.

    • I hear you on both sides of this one. Physical books are just tops. I don’t really have a thing for the smell of an older book, but the page-turning thing and sense that it was used and loved is definitely there for me.

      Ebooks are great due to their portability, and Priscilla Bettis told me there’s a waterproof kindle that I’m dying to get!

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