I have the privilege of welcoming Teresa Jackson to my blog today with a wonderful and relevant article: Real Books vs. E-books, the topic we’ve all been discussing and worrying over…
Real Books Vs E-Book Readers - What’s Your Cup of Tea?
The only real passion that has stayed with me from my childhood and through all these years is my love for books. All my friends and family members know that I’m happy with a good book and that I really don’t need anything else to be content. But of late, my affinity for books is being questioned, not because I’ve lost my love of reading, but because I’m torn between the e-version and the real thing. My new Kindle is kindling up new feelings in me, but I feel like I’m betraying my one true love and being tempted by a sleeker model because it is more convenient and trendy. And even though I don’t want to accept it, I must admit that the Kindle does have its finer points.
Among its advantages are:
- You can carry around much more than one book and not add to your burden by a single ounce.
- You can buy eBooks which are now much cheaper than the paperback version.
- You can download any book (that’s available in the eBook format) instantly
without having to go to a bookstore and buy it off the shelves.
- You can search for and skip to any part of the book in a jiffy using the tools that are available.
- Your e-books are all saved in your Kindle account, so you don’t lose access to them even if you misplace your Kindle tool. Of course, you do now have to spend some money to buy a new gadget.
- If you’re worried about your eyes, the Kindle uses an eco-friendly format called e-ink which is easy to read, even for a prolonged period of time. So try it before you skip it outright.
- There’s nothing to beat the feel and smell of paper when reading a flesh-and-blood (I use this term because it seems most apt) book.
- The Kindle and other e-Book readers could set you back by as much as $300. Besides, you also have to pay for the books you download.
- You cannot build a library, that impressive collection of books, using your Kindle and its listing of eBooks.
- You are limited to buying only the books that are available in the electronic format with a Kindle.
- Although a Kindle can hold a multitude of books, when it runs out of charge, you don’t have access to a single one of them until you recharge the device.
- There is no strain on your eyes from staring at an electronic screen for the time it takes you to read a book.
- The Kindle is a little flimsy and delicate, so you risk breaking it if you’re clumsy and not careful with your gadgets.
- The Kindle can hold only 1500 books, and although this is a large number, it does not allow for memory expansion.
So you can see why I’m torn between something that’s convenient and something that has been around for ages and comforted me through thick and thin. I finally decided to buy a Kindle and put my favorite books on it. But I still make a detour to the airport’s bookstore every time I take a flight – that’s the one concession I’m still going to make for my one true love.
What do you guys think? Do you prefer e-books and Kindles (or any other e-reader) or real books?
Personally, I prefer real books and hope that there are enough people out there like me to keep them from going out of print. Think about Fahrenheit 451. Do we really want that? Because that’s where it’s leading… Big Brother is watching you… ;)
One day I’m going to have an office with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall bookshelves and every book I love will be proudly displayed… and they will be my friends :) Because that’s what books are, right? They’re our friends.
Leave a comment and tell me which you prefer and why.