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by J.K. Rowling
That being said I'm a kindle man. How could that be when I so clearly and strongly love words on paper. It comes down to life; while I would like to have a library all to myself in my home that simply isn't feasible. I travel for work quite a bit and I also have a long commute to and from work daily using public transport. Having the ability to have hundreds of books at my finger tips is priceless. Another major point that puts the kindle a head for me is the size. It's much easier to travel with a kindle than a 900 page Stephen king novel and the same applies for when I lay in bed to read I don't want to hold up a three pound book over my face as I slowly drift off and inevitably drop the dang thing on my face.
Either way reading is an escape into another reality, being both time and interdimentional travel. A drug that I am happily addicted to. Happy reading whether it is paper or digital print.
I am a traditional book junkie. Just because I love the paper smell, I love the feeling of a physical book, and there is just something nostalgic to me about physically owning a copy of a book. I mean, I own a record player and use it frequently, I am an old soul to the core, and I am resistant to technology advancing so quickly. I have such fond memories of climbing trees in my back yard as a child, just to sit up in the boughs and read for hours on a summer day. Physical books are pretty dummy-proof (easy to bookmark, easy to operate, and more user friendly that most tablets). Physical books can't be accidentally deleted. In the event your equipment gets a virus, a physical book won't be wiped from the memory. Physical books are a nice way to decorate a room and make house feel like home. (Superficial sounding, I know. But it does have a way of making things feel a bit homier.) Physical books are nice because I like to write little notes in the margins and underline phrases and statements that resonate with me. It's neat to go back and flip through years later.
However, when I went to college, all of my textbooks were e-books. I got an iPad and downloaded all of my textbooks, which were FREE downloads, because I paid for them along with my tuition. Even though I paid for the books through tuition, the ebook versions of the textbooks tended to be MUCH less expensive! I know a friend who pays anywhere from $100-$500 (per book) for textbooks. Depending on your field of study, your textbooks quickly become outdated and unusable, therefore, impossible to re-sell later. Another advantage to an ereader would be if you tend to read multiple books at a time. Instead of physically having to switch books, all you do is go to your library and select a different version to begin reading immediately. ANOTHER advantage to an ereader is that you can search for and purchase the desired book in just a few minutes. You can get exactly the edition you want without having to pound the pavement going from store to store to find the book you want.
In any case, it truly depends on what suits YOU and YOUR needs the best. Either option is a great one and I'm so glad that ebooks have made reading so much easier and accessible to so many people, even if I am and always will be an old soul.
the book has an evergreen charm, with its smell and its touch, moroever it is an object that could be borrowed (even bookcrossed) and for this reason it supports (or support-ed, don't know if still stading)human relations;
kindles and similar have the advantage to contain a huge amount of interesting readings and they allow to study better the meaning and pronunciation of a word for instance making reading more interactive and funny.
With ebooks after a while the screen starts to hurt your eyes, accidentally touching the screen and loose the spot u were at or it closes the app is a pain too...
Also no one ever steals a book but will steal an electronic device that you read your books on.
To each their own on this discussion.. this is my opinion though