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More Conversation about Reading Print Books or Ebooks . . .


Print books vs E-books Our current discussion began on October 1st and had one reader comment—that’s all it takes to move the conversation forward :-)

Last time, I talked about the precursor to the E-reader, the site that had the first E-books; and, that the first dedicated E-readers were the Rocket Ebook and Softbook

And, for those who didn’t take the link up there, here’s how I began the conversationproper in the first post—what I said about my experience of print and E-books:

“I Love print books—softbound better than hardbound—and have lost many more (through various Bachelor-Behaviors) than I now have…

“I also Love my E-reader, with around 450 books on it…

“My love of print books goes back nearly 70 years—my awareness of E-books only began when I turned 50…

“In fact, I’ll venture a guess that there are few folks my age regularly reading e-books…

“I’m weird, though…

“My E-reader goes everywhere I go ( kept company by a print book—the first novel of my Best Friend )

My favorite feature is holding my finger on a word for a second and having its definition show up.

“Though, carrying around 450 books is pretty awesome, too…”

Then came this comment from a reader in Germany:

“I feel no longer able to decide whether I prefer printed books or e-books. If the story is easy to read—for the eyes, not necessarily for the mind—and, I can sit in a comfortable position, I get lost in it, forget my surroundings, and go to otherwise unreachable places. The medium, paper or a screen, of any form, is of no importance.”

A very well-put description of the interior environment of reading and how, for that reader, it matters little what the device is—physical or digital…

And, I can’t help but notice I just typed a commonly used adjective for print books—“physical”—yet, an E-reader is certainly physical…

But, even if that particular reader and the reader writing these words both like either “device” for reading, there are plenty of folks who have serious concerns about E-readers and plenty of folks who will never return to reading print books…

Are you like either of those types of folks…?

Do you like print and E-books equally…?

Do you use both for different reasons and/or occasions…?

Will you Never use one of them again…?

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12 responses to “More Conversation about Reading Print Books or Ebooks . . .

  1. micqu October 3, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I use both, though I prefer softcover books. I like the smell and the touch. Sometimes I buy second hand books with little notes written on the pages. I like that; seeing the thoughts of a previous reader. It’s something you can’t have with an ebook. Also, I am willing to pay more for a print book than for an ebook.
    I own an e-reader too. I use it to read cheap and badly written novellas. It is more about quantity than quality. A final and spontaneous thought: as a mom, my behaviour with books sets an example. I want my kids to read and to emerse themselves in books; and that is easier with print books.

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  2. Jane Watson October 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I grew up with print books and paperbacks. I loved paperbacks then and I do still now. When I was around ten my parents and I went away on holiday and stayed in a hotel near the beach. One night my parents had to have dinner with some other people and decided to leave me in the hotel room on my own – but my father went out to a bookshop near the hotel and came back with a bunch of paperbacks – they were ‘Tales of the Greek Heroes’, and ‘The Tale of Troy’ by Roger Lancelyn Green.
    https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Greek-Heroes-Puffin-Classics/dp/0141325283.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140367454/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i12

    I read all night and didn’t even notice I was alone. Those books were magic to me and I still have them.

    I do have several e-readers and I do use them to download and read e-books that I cannot get from a bookshop. I enjoy this but so far an e-book does not have memories for me like the one above. Perhaps in time I will collect long memories associated with my Kindle :-)

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  5. dgkaye October 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    There’s a place for both in my home and life. Most of my pleasure reads and other novels are on my Kindle. All books pertaining to writing are always purchased in paperback, especially reference books. I must have a physical copy to leave notes, red marks and dog eared pages for quick reference. I don’t feel that ease electronically. :)

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