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eBooks Vs Actual Books

I’m an avid reader and enjoy thrillers and romance for a lighter read and sheer escapism. I also enjoy autobiographies, with Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk To Freedom” being one of my favourites of all time. Some of my favourite authors are John Grisham and the late Sidney Sheldon for thrillers; and Lolah Lace and LaShawn Vasser for romance.

The advent of modern technology has brought with it among others, eBooks. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to buy books whenever the fancy takes me, which is most days! I log in to my Amazon account and scour for books all the time. Each time I log in, there are suggestions based on my purchase or search history, and books by my favourite authors. I can save books under a wish list, which I can then buy at a later stage. I love the convenience.

Furthermore, I’m happy to have all these books in one place. Some of them I’d probably never have come across on the high street. eBooks tend to be cheaper, too. I hate clutter, so eBooks are great for me as they don’t take up physical storage space.

As much as I like eBooks, I also like physical books. Nothing beats the smell of a good book! I like to hold it and turn the pages. If I really enjoy a book, I buy it in both formats. These tend to be the autobiographies and lifestyle books.

I’m glad to have the option to buy eBooks or actual books. I think they both have a place on the market, too. My only worry is that this may spell the beginning of the end of books as we know them. There may come a time when future generations have to visit a museum to see what books used to look like! I certainly hope I’m wrong!

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msiduri wrote on February 6, 2015, 8:23 PM

I'm with you. I like both ebooks and paper books. But I don't foresee paper books going away anything soon. They're just too handy.

MommyCharm wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:25 PM

me too. I do enjoy reading e-books since they're very handy as they can be saved in my phone or an e-book reader BUT I still prefer reading actual, physical books.

Lushlala wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:57 AM

I hope so too :)

Lushlala wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:59 AM

I couldn't be without my Kindle Fire now, I just love it and I read every single day after a long day online.

Began1988 wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:19 PM

I am all for the real books! I don't think I would like reading off a screen all the time. And I'm not sure how good it would be on my already crappy eyes! Lol. I much prefer to hold a physical book, and see my bookshelf full of unread novels (A LOT of unread novels at the moment haha).

louisechackett wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:45 PM

I am all about paper books. Wouldn't want to look at e books

Lushlala wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:51 PM

I know what you mean! I "abuse" my eyes to the point of straining them on my kindle lol!!!

Lushlala wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:52 PM

I know some people are for one or the other. The minute I got my hands on my kindle e-reader, I was sold and I've not looked back since :)

Lushlala wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:54 PM

Ps. Louise, I don't mean to creep you out; but you wouldn't happen to have studied at Wigan&Leigh College by any chance, would you? The Leigh campus? You look spookily like a friend I had some years back, that's all!

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Dawnwriter wrote on February 11, 2015, 2:56 AM

I also love paper books. I just cannot enjoy books on screen. I do not have Kindle so that experience might be different but as you said, the smell and feel of books in hand is something very precious

nbaquero wrote on February 12, 2015, 6:32 PM

& Lushlala I don't think paper books are going to dissapear totally, the written word in paper format is the easiest way of accessing information (no technological devices needed).

AliCanary wrote on February 13, 2015, 1:48 PM

I like actual books, but I never have to spend any money at all because the library has a ton of great stuff. My favorite writers for thrillers are Jonathan Kellerman, Dean Koontz and James Patterson. I also love novels by Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver and Anita Diamant.

morilla wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:42 AM

An older friend of mine likes his Kindle since he can enlarge the font and it allows him to 'clean out' his extensive collection of real books, keeping the wife happy. However, I just can't get into eBooks as A.) too much of it bothers my eyes, (B.) I can still read when the power/batteries goes out with a real book, and (C.) I don't have to worry about having the 'correct' hardware/software to be able to read it.

ChickJ wrote on February 14, 2015, 5:55 PM

I love the Nook. It doesn't take up much space. (I have over 800 books in it.) I can read in the dark while waiting for grandkids to get out of practice or club. If my eyes are tired I can enlarge the print. I have discover so many new writers, who only do ebooks. And you can get the classics for either free or really cheap. (I have all of Charles Dickens stories and it cost me 99 cents) They tend to be much cheaper and just as good. Yes, I do enjoy real books, too.

Glenn wrote on March 9, 2015, 2:17 PM

I do believe eventually printed books will be obsolete. Technology is moving towards ebooks for several reasons. Not only is it convenient. But authors can update their books. I have published several books in paperback and Kindle. I wish I could update my paperback but once it's published, it's as if it were in stone. That's why I like writing articles online. They can be kept up to date. Online articles are also another reason why printed materiel will become a thing of the past.

arthurchappell wrote on March 22, 2015, 11:51 AM

I have a few free e-books but I still strongly prefer real ones

Lushlala wrote on March 22, 2015, 1:50 PM

I can definitely see it eventually happening, Glenn; but it'd be such a shame! I don't know if it'll happen during our lifetime, though.