Hi! This is my first time doing a discussion post and today I want to talk about the E-books VS hard copies debate! I’ve seen a lot of these floating about so I thought I’d give you my opinions.
I only ever read hard copies until about 2 years ago when I decided to purchase a Kindle. For years I refused to get one and was determined to only ever read hard copies. I actually went through a phase where I only ever read E-books because I found physical copies harder to concentrate on (I have no idea what was going on there! Maybe I was just weird!) I only recently got back into reading physical copies and oh my, I have missed the joy of the paperback.
I’ve seen some articles and comments around the internet of people saying that if you read E-books, it means you’re not a ‘real reader’ which I think is a load of crap. Books are books, words are just the same whether they are written on an E-reader or in a physical copy. It all just comes down to preference. I have a Kobo now and I actually prefer it to the Kindle. I especially love the reading stats and awards feature!
So lets look at the pros and cons of E-books and hard copies.
- You can carry thousands of books around in your bag which makes it really good for travelling or holidays.
- You can buy books and read them straight away.
- Most E-readers are lighter than a paperback.
- New releases are normally cheaper than their hardback sibling.
- There are thousands and thousands of free books to download. A lot of classic novels are free on the Kindle store and some are on the Kobo store.
- Easier to handle and to do more than one thing e.g – eat.
- A lot of E-readers offer a backlight so its easier to read in the dark.
- You don’t get the ‘feel’ of a physical copy if that makes sense!
- You can end up paying a lot more for a book because you can’t buy a second-hand edition.
- You can’t let anyone borrow your e-books (not that I like letting anyone borrow my books but some people do!
- You might run out of battery or your E-reader may break.
- Theres nothing better than reading an actual book.
- They look pretty on your bookshelf.
- Its harder to get distracted by the internet.
- You won’t run out of battery and they don’t malfunction.
- The smell of a brand new book or a really old book.
- The thrill of going into the bookstore and browsing all the books.
- They take up quite a bit of room.
- New releases are normally more expensive than the e-book.
- You have to go to the bookstore or wait for delivery.
- If you’ve got the whole of a series in paperback and then you have to wait extra for the newest release to come out in paperback so that they match.
I prefer hard copies, there isn’t anything better than curling up on the sofa and reading your favourite book. I do like to read e-books too though but nothing could ever beat the way a hard copy makes me feel.
What are your opinions of hard copies vs E-books? Do you have a preference and are there anymore pros and cons of each that you would add?
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