Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Battle Between E-books and Print

Which do you prefer:  snuggling up in front of the fire with your kindle or with a paperback?  Everyone has met the technology holdouts--those who say "I just don't think I'd like a kindle.  I like to hold the book in my hands and turn the real pages."  Then there are those who swear that e-readers are the best invention since the printing press.

So where do your loyalties lie?  I have to say that, personally, I'm Switzerland in this battle.  I can see both sides.  I've always loved books, and I do like the feel of turning those pages and the satisfaction of seeing my bookmark halfway through the bound bulk.  However, I recently told my husband that he was no longer allowed to purchase physical books.  We have absolutely no room on any of our many bookshelves and neither he nor I  are willing to part with any or our literary treasures.   Enter the beauty of an e-reader.  Space!  Oh, how nice it is to have hundreds of books at your fingertips and not have to build an addition onto your house!

As in every great debate, there are strong opinions on both sides.  As an e-book author, I should probably say, "Yes!  Definitely go with the e-reader!"  But I'm not a hypocrite.  My beloved paperbacks are staying in their home on my shelf. 

So, my advice?  Why does it have to be a battle?  Do both!  Get an e-reader to feed your hunger for so many books that you could never hope to store, then buy the paperback version of your very favorite you want to read again.   For, at the end of the day, can't we all just get along?  (And curl up with a good book, or course.)

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