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Top 10 Reasons Book Lovers Love Reading Real Books

Updated on October 29, 2017
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A licensed and certified counselor by profession, Janis enjoys writing on topics that peak her interest and passions like the love of books.

For the Love of Books: A Lasting Love Affair With Reading

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The statue romanticizes a woman's love for her book. | Source

"Don't give up on the power of books to change lives and the world. As everything goes digital, book formats will morph, but their profound influence will endure." - David Marshall

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There's Nothing Like a Really Good Book

Regardless of the technological advancements made in the realm of reading for leisure, real book lovers will always cherish the experience gained from reading a real, hard copy book. Handling a book is as much a part of the experience as reading it.

Since the dawn of the original Kindle Reader, the way people read their favorite books has changed tremendously across generations. Carrying a hundred books and having a choice of what one will read has been compacted into a light and lean device that could fit in a handbag or large pocket of a coat.

But still, for those readers who actually develop relationships with each book they read, one at a time, carrying around a portable library just doesn't feel authentic. It almost seems sacrilegious to the art of literature and literary engagement.

No matter how convenient technology makes it for the avid reader to have his favorite book at his fingertips, a bound book, made of cloth, trees, and ink will forever be the first choice for the book lover.

Below is a list of reasons why a real book will outlast any device which claims to provide convenience and compact efficiency.

Books Remain the Favorite Way to Read

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A young boy loves reading a book over the use of a laptop. | Source

"I never understood people who don't have bookshelves." - George Plimpton

Top Ten List of Reasons Why Book Lovers Still Read and Love Books

1. Building up a personal library you can actually see and admire - It's fun to watch one's book collection grow as each colored spine and title gives a unique character to one's den or office. No two bookcases are alike, embodying each individual's journey through stories, characters, plots, and outcomes.

The bookcase becomes a conversation piece. Whether it contains college text books, novels, journals, self-helps, poetry, or tomes, the building of a personal collection of favorite books is something a book lover cherishes and displays with pride.

2. Having a personal relationship with a book - There's something special about carrying around the book you're currently reading until you finish it. On an airplane, a subway, or a long cab ride, taking it with you everywhere you go creates a connection with a book which becomes a part of your life, even if only for a brief time.

"There's no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It's like falling in love." - Christopher Morley

Books are Treasures to Behold

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3. Finding an old treasure in a shop, clearance bin, flea market, bookstore, or basement - When I was a graduate school assistant in a college dormitory in the late 1980s, one of the odd jobs we were tasked with was to straighten out the basement of this off-campus building to make space. This basement housed thousands of books from hard cover texts to small paperbacks on any subject you could imagine.

I would love going through these books to see what I could use. One day I found a treasure I cherish to this day entitled, "The Finding of the Third Eye," by Vera Stanley Alder. First published in 1938, this find was the 1975 sixth printing.

There is no pleasure like finding an old book, tattered with yellowed pages, which still holds value to the reader.

Another treasure I found on a bookshelf of an apartment I moved into in the early 1990s made me feel as if I had struck gold.

The book, "T.S. Eliot Collected Poems 1909 -1935," was just sitting there, tucked away at the back of the shelf. The inside cover reads, "Copyright, 1930, by T.S. Eliot, Copyright, 1934, 1936, by Harcourt, Brace and Company." I'm not certain what my copy is worth but I urge you to Google it yourself to get an idea of how much this book is worth if it meets certain criteria. Pretty exciting.

"There is nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it." - Tiffany King, Meant to Be

4. Experiencing the touch, feel, and smell of an old, bound book - There is something sacred about having a real book you can engage using all of your senses. It holds the history of those who's senses graced its cover and read its pages before you.

The shared enjoyment the book gives provides an unspoken connection among a community of readers past, present, and future.

5. Sharing and exchanging books with friends and family - Sharing or lending to friends, family, or colleagues is part of the culture of having books, whether they are returned or not.

Exchanging books and sharing critiques create a social activity and lasting friendships revolving around the love of books.

Real Books Add Character to Home Decor

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"A blessed companion is a book - a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend - a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into your own." - Douglass William Jerrold

6. Buying a new book and turning a page - A book purchase comes with an excitement and rush as you crack it open and read it for the first time. With each page you physically turn, it's a reminder of the anticipation of getting to the next plot development, the next twist, or that unexpected surprise. It is part of the process of getting through each chapter and eventually to the end, with each turn of a page.

7. Bookmarks - A huge part of the process of saving a page comes with a uniquely made, sometimes jeweled bookmark. Bookmarks hold a special place in the heart of the reader who uses them. They also make great gifts.

We can become attached to these tasseled, artful pieces and the quotes or prayers they display. What would become of these assorted gems of page holders if we had no books?

"All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed . . . No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over." - Eugene Field, The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

8. The Perfect Gift - Not many gift ideas are as practical and perfect as books. With an endless assortment of topics, you can always find the right book for a special person.

Books are easy, no-hassle, inexpensive gifts that make the best stocking stuffers for the holidays or token for any occasion.

9. The "Natural" way to read - How natural does it feel to hold a hand-held device or laptop that sometimes overheats as you read your favorite book on a screen?

I tried to read a few items I downloaded to my Kindle Fire and found it awkward. I missed the feel of a real, hand-held book with pages I could touch and turn.

Yes, we kill trees to make paper for books which is not very green. But recycled paper works, right? An avid lover of real books will always appreciate the natural feel of a book in the palm of the hand.

10. The Cuddle Factor - To cuddle and caress a real book made of paper and cloth versus an electronic device, is the ultimate in possessing books. Reading a good book in bed, for the book lover, involves a real book. Whether you're curled up on a sofa, in a big chair, or wrapped in a fuzzy bed blanket, the cuddle factor goes hand-in-hand with the reading experience.

Extreme Book Lover From a Classic Story

"If you cannot read them, any rate . . . fondle them. Peer into them . . . let them fall open where they will . . . Set them back on the shelf with your own hands . . . If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances." - Winston Churchill

Salute to Book Lovers

If you haven't completely shifted to reading your favorite books on E-Book readers, Kindles, and the like, you will appreciate this salute to the real book lover.

In celebration of lovers of real books, the "Top Ten" list underscores the love for and staying power of hard copy books for years to come, regardless of technological advancements in available options for leisure reading for pleasure.

The next time you find yourself sitting on a train or an airplane with your latest book, look around with appreciation and see the number of fellow book lovers. Silently announce your love of real books with your public reading of your latest find. Proudly display the title so another might lean slightly with neck stretched to see and wonder, "What's she reading?"

Old and Tattered Books are Still Valuable to a Book Lover

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A stack of old books may have personal value to a lover of real books. | Source

© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

      Blessings to you, it's never too late. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

      I love my books, paper backs and hard cover and the stories between the front and back. I have so many I could start a book store. I would love to own a book store and if I were younger maybe I would.

      Blessings my friend

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      Janis Leslie Evans 7 months ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Jennifer. Thanks for sharing and for the laughs (love your Dad's "best smeller.") You add an excellent point, hadn't thought of that, the reference sections. Yes, it is important to be able to flip back and forth. Thank you so much for your visit and comments.

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      Jennifer Mugrage 7 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

      I am not a "Never Kindle" and have been known to read a book or two on my Kindle ... especially when that is the only way I can get them. Still and all, I agree with all the points made here.

      I would add one more ...

      Flipping Through! Some books have features like charts, tables, endnotes, or appendices that we want to flip back to and consult. I have never been able to find a convenient way to do this on an e-reader. In fact, accidentally tapping an endnote on an e-reader can immediately skip you to the end of the book, from whence you have maddening journey to find where you were before. (In a real book, you could just turn back to the place.)

      Similarly, sometimes we want to return to a previous chapter to check on an earlier point that was made, or because we are reviewing the book and want to get our quotes right. This is also much easier in hard copy.

      Regarding the smell, my Dad loves to bury his nose in a new book and then announce that it's a "best smeller."

      Thanks for this Hub. Looks like it has been very popular.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 17 months ago from Washington, DC

      I always take a real book to doctor's appointments, bravewarrior. It's sad that's the only time I set aside to read these days! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Shauna L Bowling 17 months ago from Central Florida

      I agree with all the reasons you list. I love real books. I don't own an e-reader and don't download eBooks to my computer. When I read for pleasure, I want - and do - grab a book from my overflowing bookshelf and sit out back with a cold drink. I'll spend hours out there when I set aside reading time. I even take a book with me to the auto repair shop or doctor's office. I don't play with my phone or read/send email when I have a good excuse to pick up a good book.

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do love real books but because we work in other countries, I have to depend on the Kindle. We used to have one suitcase just for books but that is over now. When I'm home, I try to read real books as I do enjoy the feel and smell of them.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for your kind words, Sunil. I'm glad you liked this hub, one of my favorites. I am grateful for the share on fb.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Wonderful hub. Very informative and useful. Hence shared on my FB.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha, I have several books I need to finish, trusouldj. I'm glad you feel the same about books. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving this comment.

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      trusouldj 2 years ago from Indiana

      Wonderful hub. I feel exactly the same way. I love bookstores. I love seeing a book cover with art that catches your attention and literally makes you pick it up ... That reminds me, I have a book by the bed that I need to finish.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      God bless you for this comment, word55. You touched on an important subject related to books: literacy. Thank you for sharing your story. It brought back good memories of getting a new book in school. I appreciate your visit.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Great going here Jan. Books are invaluable. They have information that is very profound. I've always admired the attractiveness of a book. It's something to behold. I usead the wordsed to like fanning the pages to smell the aroma of a new book. When a teacher would pass out books, i was just glad to get a copy because I knew it had valuable information in it and I enjoyed the reading experience and to seeing the words. I learned to speak fluent English because of how I saw and read (red) words. The book introduced me to separating a word by pronouncing it in syllables in order to pronounce a word correctly. The power of reading a real book is more powerful than I can describe. Thank you for sharing here. God bless.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for that nice comment, Stargrrl. Yes, there is something divine about turning a page. I appreciate your visit.

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      Stargrrl 2 years ago

      You captured the essence of what it really means to hold a book. A kindle is great, but I like turning pages.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate that, Chris. Glad to hear you feel the same way. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I'm glad I checked out this hub because it speaks volumes of the past and future of our beloved books. I've always felt a real book has a certain character to it that you'll never get from an eBook. Thank you for sharing your thoughts because I completely agree with your points. Great Hub!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, vespawoolf, for stopping by and reading this hub. So glad you can relate.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I agree. There´s nothing like turning a real page, feeling the roughness of the paper under your fingers. I do confess to using my tablet to read in Kindle form since we live in Peru where it´s difficult to get the latest books. For me, electronic format has been a life saver but I still favor traditional books if given a choice. Thank you for this list of reasons why real books must continue to be printed.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha, yup! Thanks for stopping by.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Don't let any of the "cool kids" know you still turn pages or you may be ostracized!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome, Jetur. I appreciate your taking the time to read it and leave a comment. Thank you.

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      Jetur 3 years ago

      I have exclusivly converted to ebooks over the past few years and I can honestly say I appreciate your take on the joys of reading "real" books. While I won't be switching back completely, your article has motivated me to at least grab a couple here and there if nothing more then to have that visual satisfaction of seeing what I've covered. Thanks

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for sharing thoses e-reader pluses, paperfacts. I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Insightful comment, SAQIB6608. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      One can regulate some books to the e-reader like the big screen movies. Have you thought, "I'll save that movie for TV at home", and pick only some to see on the big screen? Also, the e-reader is very good for camping. You have light when the lights should be out. I prefer the book to the reader, though.

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      SAQIB 3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      e-Books can never be as comfortable and memorable as Books.

      Books are the treasure as you always find them newer in ideas, no matter how old they get.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hey Writer Fox, so glad you like this one. Thanks for the comments and votes.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I must admit that I'm a reader of real books, too. Not every book is available in an electronic format and I prefer looking at a page rather than a screen, when at all possible.

      I love the pictures of old books you found.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You definitely relate well and speak the truth, grand old lady. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      This is an article I could very well identify with. It's so different when you turn a page of a book or smell it, or hold it in your hands or keep it in your bag. I know all print publications are being slowly overtaken by online versions, but books are so hard to let go of, and it hurts me when old books are used for art.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I find I'm having more eye strain just using the Kindle to view anything. Thanks for reading this hub, paperfacets.

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have found that the kindle reader is causing eye strain similar to the strain experienced with long hours at the computer. All the eye strain may be due to being over 65. I still like to use books.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, I've lost a good book or two by sharing. Thanks so much for the visit, Pawpawwrites.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      We have a kindle, but I would much rather read a real book. And the nice thing about books, is that you can share them. Sometimes they don't come back though.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yup, so true, Glimmer. Thanks for stopping by to read this one, glad you relate to it well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I love a book. I just can't get into reading one on an electric device. I especially like your point about emotional attachment. I still have many books from growing up and college that I'll never get rid of, some I even still read.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you bethperry, appreciate your visit.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks so much, chef-de-jour. Glad you liked. Thanks for the visit, great comments, and for sharing.

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      janshares, everything you wrote here is so true. Great Hub!

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Yes, I'm fully with you on this subject. E books and other devices just don't do it for me.

      I have a collection of poetry books built up over 35 years and I love nothing better than to share them with friends and family. Slim volumes, thick anthologies, signed copies...they're precious to hold and handle!

      Sharing this article.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, Chitrangada. I'm glad you liked it and appreciate your comments and visit. Thank you very much for the vote up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub!

      I am a book lover and although I read a lot Online, my first love is still books. I have treasured them in my home and I do take care of them as they have aged along with me. The site of well arranged and categorized books is irresistible to me.

      You have beautifully brought about the reasons, why book lovers read real books and I totally agree with your thoughts.

      Great hub, voted up! And many thanks for sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Nadine, I'm so glad you found this hub. Thank you so much for your comments. I'm so pleased to know another Vera Stanley Alder fan. I'm grateful to you for the big share and the vote up!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      This is truly a great post and I'm so glad I spotted it this morning. I have all of Vera Stanley Alder's books in my library and would never part with them. I will share it onto our publishing Facebook page. Voted up, Awesome!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great point, Roddy. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.

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      Roddy Dryer 3 years ago

      I must admit I have put the paper or plastic question to the test and found I have a strong affinity for the eBooks. But all those other wonderful reasons for the real thing (the heft, feel, smell, splendor, and delight, to name a few) demonstrate eReaders are only for reading. Books are for experiencing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I love these comments, KnowWhatImean. I won't beat you up, lol, lol. I have the Kindle Fire and it is cumbersome and gets too warm. I appreciate you selling my on the better e-readers. Thank you so much for coming over after the forum and reading this hub.

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      KnowWhatImean 3 years ago

      I love this hub, but (and I might get a little beat up here) I love my Kindle. I have 4 - 3 fire's and a paperwhite. I had one of the original e-ink ones, but it recently died. Take the fire's out of the equation - they are not very good for reading (Heavy, bright, warm, etc). But the paperwhite - its is e-ink so it looks like a book, there isn't any glare from the sun, its super light, super portable, and yes - carries my entire library. I do miss the smell of the books, but my home is small and with my reading appetite there was never enough room in my house for all the books. I also travel quite a bit. I don't like to check luggage, but can go through a couple books in a week's time - that's too much space to put in my carry on's or my purse. And, yes I cuddle with my kindle as I am reading before I go to bed. There have been many of times I have woken up to a kindle on my chest.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lol!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for that validation for the love of books, Nell Rose. I use my Kindle for HubPages and Twitter! I appreciate the visit.

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      Brooke 3 years ago from South Carolina

      I'm actually in the middle of trying to sell my kindle fire. I've had it for about 2 years and never used it

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi jan, oh and the smell of a new book! How could we ever replace that? lol! you hit the nail on the head when you said about finding that special book in an old bookstore, or sale, there is nothing like it, my daughter in law gave me a kindle, its collecting dust on my table! lol! great hub and so darn true!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Love you comments, Brooke18. I see you get it! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this hub.

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      Brooke 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Finally! I'm SO glad to see this hub! I despise reading on any electronics. I prefer a hardback book (even over a paperback). I love actually being able to hold the book, to feel its words and feelings seep into my fingertips. It's exhilarating!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you very much. :)

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      Alissaann26 3 years ago

      Well written, I agree :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I'm so sad to see what's happening to bookstores and publishing companies. Thank you so much, Laura335, for your visit and comments. I appreciate the follow, too.

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      Laura Smith 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I've been meaning to try out an ereader because that's how I've been able to self-publish my books, but I'd rather the spend the money on real books. I was so sad when music became digital and there were no more CD's to buy or cover art and liner notes to study, and I feel like that is inevitably happening with books. I'm glad to hear that others are just as hesitant about trying out the Kindle readers.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Most definitely, Eric. Thank you for the visit. I wish you the best.

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      Eric Calderwood 3 years ago from USA

      While I have finally given in to owning a tablet with ebooks on it, I still enjoy owning and reading real books more than ebooks. And as an author trying to get a book published, my biggest goal is to have my books available in a physical format.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for reading and commenting, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I still enjoy reading but lately have been very busy. I still to read during my quiet time when not any one. Great suggestions.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for loving this article, Suhail. I'm so pleased it resonated with you. I appreciate your visit.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Awesome article in support of real hard copy book lovers! I loved every bit of it.

      As far as I am concerned, I especially like giving my book away to those who ask for it. My book being read by a sibling, relative or friend gives me satisfaction.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Good for you, Miss Muse. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Rosetta, I do understand. Thanks for reading this article, always appreciate your visits.

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      Rosetta 3 years ago

      Loved the article as I do all of your writings. I agree with it also, but had to switch to a Kindle which was a gift from my granddaughter because my books were taking over my closets and every available space in my home. Turning pages is always a pleasure. You nailed it again.

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      Christine Rogers 3 years ago from Ohio

      I used to have a Kindle, and I hated it- it gave me eyestrain! I was actually glad when I dropped it and broke it. I love real books, and I always will.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha, yep, so true. No charging it up. Thanks for that, Sarah and for coming by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I like that philosophy, uNicQue. Thank you for loving this hub and leaving a great comment.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hey Lisa, thanks for stopping by to read this. Enjoy it on your laptop, lol!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, swilliams. I appreciate your visit, the vote up, and the tweet out. :)

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      Sarah Sullivan 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      A good, tattered book never runs out of batteries!

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      Nicole Quaste 3 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I love this hub. As an avid reader, I do absolutely prefer reading a book. That being said, I do own a Kindle, and I find that the books I purchase for my Kindle are new releases that I'm not sure I'll like. They may be trendy YA fiction or cheesy romance stories or things of that nature, but if it's a classic that I'm craving, I'm going for the paper every time.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      This is a great topic Jan. I have a friend that loves to read books and she travels a lot. Her husband invested in a hand held device to read books on the plane but she prefers her paperback book. She notice that certain problems occur when trying to read a book electronically. Nothing beats the smell and the feel of an old school book. Great article! Voted up and tweeted out!

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      lisab 3 years ago

      Hi Janis

      While reading your hub on my smart phone I am looking forward even more to opening the book sitting on my lap! THANK YOU!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wow! There you go, a treasure in more ways than one. Thanks for the visit, Jodah.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Love the visual you gave me, Raul. It made me smile. Thanks for stopping by to read this hub.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Jan, I actually bought a book from a thrift shop for a dollar once, and there was a bookmark inside...and what a bookmark...a $20 bill.

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      Raul Sierra Jr 3 years ago from El Paso, Texas

      Great post! Every time I pick up a book, I feather the pages under my nose. I get butterflies just thinking of the smell of fresh pages. My wife gives me funny looks every time she catches me smelling a book. Loved the hub.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Beautifully put, wordswithlove. Thank you so much for stopping by to read this hub. I appreciate the comments.

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      Neetu M 3 years ago from USA

      Indeed, I still read the printed pages - what a wonderful smell, the feel of real paper, the rustling of it, the little notes I sometimes write next to the text (or used to), the ability to pass the same book, with inscriptions, to the children who might pass them on to theirs...and someday, those little hands that hold the very same book will associate a grandparent with it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha, it made me chuckle, too, JayeWisdom. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha, so true, Athlyn. Thank you for visiting and reading.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome, thanks for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That makes me feel good, MPG, so glad it resonated with you to that degree. Thank you for your great comments, the vote up, the sharing, and the pinning. It means a lot.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I chuckled when thinking about people reading in the tub. Just think how 'pruney' your skin would be if you were reading a thrilling novel and couldn't bear to stop long enough to get out of the water and dry off!

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      Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays

      I heartily agree. Many people like to read in the tub.

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      schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed this, thanks!

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      Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I haven't invested in an e-reader and not sure if I will. Reading this hub really made me feel like part of the book lovers club so I don't think I'll be buying an e-reader anytime soon. A great hub for all book lovers, thanks janshares. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Well-put, DREAM ON. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. I'm tickled that this hub evoked images and good memories of your favorite books. I really appreciate what you said. You have a great day as well.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, Kathleen, props! Books make excellent props. Great idea for your daughter's bedside stand. I very much appreciate your stopping by and enjoying this read.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great point about book signings, heidithorne. Thank you so much for those great comments. I'm especially grateful for the vote up and the sharing. FYI, there are still Boarders in DC but I really miss Crown. There were always good sales and clearance.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Kevin for the comments and vote up.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      While reading your hub I could see crystal clear images of the books I have read over the years and enjoyed time and time again. Holding each book in my hand and reading as many pages as I can has brought so many wonderful memories that can never be replaced. The e-book is good quick fix to hold me over until I get the real thing. I loved your hub and the Twilight Zone video clip fit me to a t. The sad ending pushed me to pick up another book and read and enjoy it while I still can.The connection of a real book brings us closer to what is real not an imaginary world. Have a great day.

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I still love real books because I still write real books. They are also ebooks but how do you sign an ebook for a friend who asks for a signed book? Also, if I like a book I naturally want to share it. Most of my favorites aren't in my library any more because I'm always handing them off to another friend. Another thing you can't do with an ebook? My daughter needed another bedside table. I suggested she take her larger books and pile them up to the height she needed, then top it off with a glass top. Voila! A bedside table. Just make sure you've already read all those books and don't want to remove one from the stack!

      Great topic - from a real book lover.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I love both ebooks and real books. Totally agree that those books that have personal significance and/or were written by friends, I want the physical books.

      When I self-publish, I create both a physical version and an e-version for many of the reasons you mention here. As well, when I want to sell my books at events, it's almost impossible to make sales of ebooks! Attendees want to get the book and get it signed.

      And I miss the days of spending hours in Borders just browsing through the books. :(

      Thanks for spreading the real book love! Voted up and sharing!

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Great work Jan. I used to work P/T in a bookstore and always browse and buy books there. I also used to go to libraries. I have books at home: I keep reference books and a few novels to enjoy. I voted this up.

      Kevin