It is a never ending debate- which is better, an e-reader or a physical book? Technology and electronic reader’s have come so far just in the few years that they have been around that this question has become even more of a debate than ever. It is a debate that we constantly have in my own house on a monthly basis.
Electronic Readers have allowed us to have access to any book, any version, at any time. They have allowed folks to read more without lugging around a book or having to be tied down to a physical book. They have put books to finger tips and really brought reading to another level. Books and reading now reach a whole new demographic of people who like the technology aspect, rather than having a physical book. For that reason alone, I do not mind electronic readers. As long as you are reading, overall, it does not matter to me how you do it.
I think it is fairly obvious by now that I am a physical book kind of person. I love the feeling of holding a book, flipping the pages one by one as I read it. I take a comfort in the weight of the book in my hands or lap. I love to smell the pages and the paper as it ages through time (especially really really old books) and listen to the pages turning. These are feelings that cannot be replicated in an electronic reader. I do not feel the same calming effect reading from an electronic reader than I do reading from a physical book. Plus, I like to unplug from technology and an electronic reader seems to me to be the opposite effect.
My husband is the complete opposite. While he is not a huge reader like myself, when he does read, he does not like to read physical books. He much prefers his Kindle Fire and finds it easier to read from. He also likes the fact that all of his books are in one small space that he can easily tote around, rather than several physical books. It doesn’t bother him as much as he doesn’t get the same feeling of calmness from a physical book and I don’t bother him about it because I am just excited about him reading.
With all of that being said, I have actually been looking at electronic readers recently. There is only one reason that has caused me to consider looking at them and that is baby boy #2. I’ll be dealing with nighttime feedings where I won’t necessarily be able to hold a book, baby and have a light source available. I’m torn as to whether I want to actually get one or not as I don’t know if I can truly justify it. I will never give ump physical books (and that is a never), nor will I stop purchasing physical books because I bought an e-reader. So, I’m torn. I’ve been taking some time off and on to mull over this decision and am still unsure.
Where do you fall on the debate of electronic readers vs physical books? Which do you prefer and why?