I know I’ve been really bad about writing recently and for that I apologize. I know a few of you have reached out about it, but between traveling and trying to figure out where this blog was going, my posts took a back seat for a while. I appreciate you all sticking with me and to kickoff a new start while I work on my Mexico travel post I’ve decided to write about something that’s been on my mind for a while and I feel is a hotly contested topic for us bookworms. The real book versus the e-reader.
There are two sides to this argument, and while I can see the reasons for both I do hold a preference myself. To begin lets look at the merits of each.
Holding a real book in your hands is pretty satisfying, and I love the feeling of turning the pages and getting closer the end. The real book gives you a greater feeling of accomplishment as you get further and further into it because you can physically see how far you’ve come. It’s also incredibly satisfying to have whole shelves of books to pick and choose from and it can make for nice decoration as well. There’s a reason why libraries are so pleasing! Another reason why some people, myself included, enjoy real books is the fun in going to a bookstore and perusing the different titles and spending hours reading small excerpts. The whole experience of a book from the cover, to the smell to the flipping of the pages is something that people have been experiencing and have loved for centuries, so why change it?
However, on the flip side, an e-reader such as a Kindle or an iPad have the benefit that you can have hundreds or thousands of books just at your fingertips. With an iPad you can read in the dark (you’re not supposed to I know, but I’m a rebel, what can I say), and with these e-readers you can acquire books much quicker and easier than ever, and typically at a lower price than an average bookstore.
I’ve always personally wavered on whether I preferred reading on my iPad versus real books, but I have to say after using my iPad so frequently for my reading I’ve come to prefer it. For someone who has moved frequently and travels a lot, not needing to worry about the space and weight that books take up has been a huge relief. I love being able to read at night when people are asleep, having my book on the same device as the Internet where I can look things up and, more importantly, I love having access to so many books instantly. I love being able to finish one book and immediately get to start another without needing to go to the bookstore and find one, buy it, bring it back and then begin to read.
Of course at the end of the day it’s a matter of preference, but with so many people talking about this topic in bookworm circles I wanted to defend my love for reading on my iPad. Using an iPad doesn’t lessen the reading experience like some people might think, and for travel lovers like me and many of you, it’s the perfect option. A computer, a book, a messaging device and so much more all rolled into one– it’s pretty awesome.
What do you guys prefer to use and why? I’d love to hear some more thoughts!