Oh… the eternal question. Paperback books vs e-books. Honestly, I’m okay with both. Both have their uses. But I thought about writing about it so here we go!
Let’s see the pros and the cons of each one!
- It’s more realistic – you can get more easily lost in a book than in your phone or another device – never mind the distractions of an electronic device: Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, calls, Viber… I could go on for paragraphs.
- You can lend it to a friend. There’s something very… – how can I call it – bonding, familiar, sweet?; maybe… about sharing something with friends.
- You can write on it. Thoughts, the best scenes, etc. I don’t like doing it, but a friend of mine, who is a writer, does. I’m not sure, though, if it’s job-related or person-related. If you don’t mind, write down if you like writing on books or not. Just to see the statistics. Thanks!
- It’s kind of heavy, especially if you carry more than one.
- If you’re not careful, it can be destroyed. Well, that’s not very probable but it is indeed a disadvantage. Usually, e-books come with accounts so even if your device malfunctions, you don’t lose your books.
- It’s very comfortable when you travel – you don’t have to carry paperback books with you. This way you have space for more things.
- You can have as many as you want – if you have enough space on your memory card.
- It’s usually cheaper because there’s no printing cost.
- After a while, it’s tiring for your eyes – enough to give you a headache. I know I’ve had several headaches over the last years while reading e-books.
- There’s something kinda cold in reading with an electronic device. I can’t put into words but it just doesn’t feel so well.
I don’t think that you have to choose only one of two. Each one is for a different need. If I’m travelling, maybe I’ll get a pocket version or an e-book. It depends on the mood of the day, how many things I have with me, where I’ll go, how many days I’ll stay.
And, in the end, does it really matter? It’s the same content. I’ve read and heard a lot of people to be absolute in favor of one of them. Why? This is up to each person. You weigh the pros and the cons and you decide which one you want to buy. Personally, I usually get my favourite books in paperback and the ones that I’m not sure about as an e-book. Sometimes, I’ll like particularly an e-book and I’ll buy it in paperback too!
What do you prefer?