E-Books, A Breakup

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A great article on e-books vs. paper books  appeared on the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal – you can read it here.  

Basically, a dedicated e-book reader went back to paper books.   He discusses what he didn’t like about e-b00ks, and what he’ll miss about them. While I  have no way of knowing,  my bet is he’ll eventually buy another Kindle.

I have a split household:   my wife sticks to her Kindle.   I will not be parted from my paper books and home library.

Since my experience of reading is so intimately bound with touching the pages  and the smell of the paper, the  thought of just  processing an electronic flow of words makes me mildly depressed.

Plus, one of the places I enjoy reading the most is relaxing in the bathtub.

Where are you on the e-book-paper spectrum?


7 thoughts on “E-Books, A Breakup

  1. I resisted buying a Kindle for a really long time, for all the reasons others have noted about loving paper books. But I do love my gadgets and really wanted one. I now buy both. If it’s an author I really love whose books I generally read multiple times, I will buy the physical book, but if it’s a book I can only imagine reading once or it’s an author I’m unfamiliar with, I’ll generally stick the book out from the library on my Kindle. I actually have some books that I love, but are just too big to read comfortably in bed that I’ve actually purchased a second Kindle copy.

    While I love my books, I’m a bit of a pack rat and books have truly overtaken my home. I’m trying to declutter my life, so e-books have been a great way to save space (and I’ve been careful not to trade physical clutter for electronic clutter).

  2. I plan to resist E-readers as long as I possibly can. There’s just nothing like being able to actually hold the book and experience the energies of the book and paper. And those little screens on the E-readers just don’t feel right. Plus I just don’t want to deal with all the electronics issues — we have enough of that already with cell phones and computers.

  3. I have a kindle and I now read a lot more than ever before. It lasts about 6 weeks between recharges. Living in France I don’t have to pay expensive delivery costs for paper books from UK. The screen is very clear, I can scale the font size to suit my poor eye sight. Never need to connect it to a PC it downloads books via Wifi or 3G

    I will occasionally buy paper books still but for most of my fiction reading the Kindle works fine for me

  4. I love both, though I didn’t expect to. I went to a Kindle after a friend sent me hers to use while I was bedridden and unable to hold books comfortably. It’s WONDERFUL to have something so light to hold (although I do have aproblem with switching pages unintentionally).

    But I still love physical books, too, when I can handle them.

    I will say that for BIG books, the Kindle is a wrist saver, even when I’m doing well enough to hold small books!

  5. I have both paper books as well as e-books (on my Nook). We recently moved cross-country, so having many books in an electronic format made the move much easier. I personally enjoy the tactile feel of books (I love paper), but I also don’t mind e-books, especially since we are limited in space in our new place. And borrowing books from the library is pretty easy, as is purchasing new ones on my Nook.

    But for certain books, like ones on art or cooking, I still purchase the paper versions.

  6. I have a considerably big library and also a Kindle touch. I both enjoy them. I do my readings in my native language Turkish and my second language English. It is easy to find e-books in English for sure, but not for Turkish. So I stick to both of them. Yet, paperbacks are my eternal favorite.

  7. I don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader, and I don’t plan to get one. I’m with you: the tactile sensations of the book is part of the entire reading experience.

    Not only that, but the convenience of an e-reader is a double-edged sword: crashes, battery time, and the other electronic issues. I can’t be bothered with it. I want to just open a book and read.

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