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Books vs. Kindle?

Updated on February 2, 2012
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Books vs. Kindle
In today's wide world of technology, we've introduced something to take the place of the good old fashioned paperback (or hardback) book. The Kindle. Is it better than the book in your hand? Well that's for you to decide, but let's look at the facts.

The Kindle offers a wide variety of books right in the palm of your hand. No lugging around 3 or 4 books. No losing the bookmark out of your book when you drop it or put it in your purse. No bends or creases. The question is, is it better? Kindle offers so much, even more than just reading a book. Now one can even get on the internet with it! You can read it in sunlight without that annoying glare. It's lighter than the average paperback book. Searching for that perfect book is only seconds away instead of pacing through the aisles of the library, trying to rememeber the Dewey Decimal System that you were taught many, many moons ago. It even reads to you if you are unable to do so yourself! With all of these options, one could definitely argue that the Kindle is hands down the better option. But what about the price?
With today's economy and unemployment rate, people are forced to cut back on spending, especially when it comes to leisure activitites or things they do for pleasure. This may include not buying books. Now yes, the Kindle is much more expensive than your paperback, but you must remember all the other options it includes like the internet. Is it worth the money to you, or not?

That old familiar smell of a new book. We all know what it is. How can you part with that? Books seem to be fading out with the introduction of all this new technology, especially the Kindle. Books were the way of life for many men and women alike in recent years, dating way back to Ben Franklin. They offer the satisfaction of holding the book in your hand. Turning the pages on your own. Going to a free public library and picking out a book to read instead of buying it. Just keeping with the old instead of caving in to the new. The question remains unsettled.

Technology is definitely forcing its way upon all of us. Whether you cave in to it, is up to you. Hopefully weighing out these pro's and con's were a helpful way of helping to make a decision. Either way, you still get to read a good book, and here's a great way to buy that Kindle or book. Either one makes a great gift!


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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      I'm a retired teacher, so I love books...I love the touch, look and smell of them. I also love libraries and schools for the same reason. Technology sometimes is just a gimmick...I don't like gimmicks. Give me the real deal every time! Great hub!

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      KStro18 5 years ago from PA

      I noticed too that the ebooks are just as much as the real ones. I think more people would buy Kindle's and other devices to read the ebooks on if they weren't as expensive. I've never read that series. Thanks for reading!

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I prefer books over a Kindle (I have a Kindle Fire) but I'll still buy eBooks. Actually, I read more ebooks on my Android phone than my Kindle because I always have it with me. What I don't like is the price of new eBooks-- they seem to be almost as much as real books. I "discovered" Stieg Larsson's Millenium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, et al). The first one I bought as an eBook (I was travelling) and got hooked, I got the second and third ones as books. Part of me wants to buy the first one as a book-- so I'll have the "real" set.

      Nice article. Voted up and interesting.

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      Sean Robert 6 years ago from Menomonie, WI

      I really like the idea of the Kindle; it is nice to just carry around all your books without the weight of actually carrying around all your books. But, I will continue buying books because I like the idea of getting a new book reading it and putting it up on my book shelf. I organize my book shelf by enjoyment I received from the book, so it is satisfying for me to put them up there depending on how much I enjoyed the book.

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      KStro18 6 years ago from PA

      I agree totally. Its a shame that books may go that route. Kids today are missing out on what we had as kids. Im not that old but i still remember doing research in books and having library class. It's a shame that these tings are fading out.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I still like the real thing. I also have concerns that many books may not be available in the future. What if the government decides to ban certain books of certain subjects? I've actually been buying MORE books lately. I like metaphysical stuff that is often out of print. Kindle and other Ebook readers may go the way Blockbuster Video got with movies. You can't find any old movie, and by old, I mean older than about 1 year. If you want a classic, you can't find it a video store. The same dilemma could happen with books that have been written 5 years ago, but were bestsellers you never got around to reading. I say, stock up on your real books in your fave subjects!

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      KStro18 6 years ago from PA

      I definitely prefer the books. I like having it in my hand and turning the pages on my own. I'm old fashioned too but i'm a part of the new technology age at 23 years old!

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      So which one do you prefer? I still read books, but maybe I am just too old to change.