Can an e-reader such as Kindle justify parting with the smell of a new book? And yes, it’s a difficult to take sides on, without being emotional
I’ve always loved reading. Even as a young child, I can remember immersing myself into a good book on rainy days. Going to the library to see which new books or if there was any new books being added to the genre section that I liked and loved. Being able to feel the book and “smell” the paper did me in. All I really needed was to pull up a bean bag chair and dive my nose into the pages.
Now mind you I still read the “real thing” , but I also read books on my Kindle app on my phone and laptop. There are definitely pro’s and cons to reading on the a kindle though.
But here’s what I like about Kindles.
- You can look up words easily. I think this feature is great, because sometimes I need help with knowing how to “pronounce’ and know what a certain word means, the look-up feature makes it so I can find a more precise definition without interrupting my reading.
- You can also highlight and share passages, without the pang of guilt you feel when you deface an otherwise pristine book.
- Keep an entire library, without using up a ton of space, weighing a lot, or using a lot of paper. This is great if you plan to relocate at some point in your future.
- You don’t have to go searching in a book store if you just have a need to read that certain book. As long as you have a wi-fi connection, you can search for whatever book you want to, right then and there.
- The cost of newly released e-books are half as much as buying a newly released book as a hardcover.
- And last but certainly not least. Lots of classic novels, which have entered the public domain, are free on the Kindle.
Now like I mentioned before I do love to read a real book as well. What I like to do is search through second-hand stores and bookstores to also find some treasured items to read. I always tend to search at yard and garage sales for new books too. Plus I do like to share. I find that sharing real books are easier and don’t have the digital copyright involved.
I would love to hear your thoughts- Which do you prefer? Kindle or Real Book. Let me know in the comments below. What E-reader do you use?