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E-Books Are NOT For Me

Updated on January 29, 2012

E-Books, are they really that awesome?

My husband wants to get me an E-Book because I LOVE to read. I've read so many books that I have lost count and our library book shelves are a little overflowing (which reminds me I need to buy another book shelf!). He's got an E-Book, a Sony Reader, and he uses his all the time. He said it would be easier for me with an E-Book because it's smaller, I wouldn't have to lug around the book, it holds more then one book so if you finish one you can have another one right there waiting for you, and on and on with the good reasons to have an E-Book.

It's not that I don't like them, I've never tried one out. I've looked at his once or twice but I haven't sat down and played with them at all. I don't have the time to figure out how one works or how to load stuff on to it (even though I'm sure it's super easy LOL). Is it so wrong that I just LOVE my books?

Why do I love having the actual book instead of an E-Reader?

When I was growing up I always wanted to have a HUGE library in my house. I wanted walls covered in books. All different kinds of books and different styles. I wanted to have a real Library where I could go in and get a book, sit down at the little table and chairs and just read. My favorite library in a movie would have to be the one from Beauty and The Beast! Yup, that one would work just perfect!!! Even though we don't have a huge area for a library in our house every time I walk into that room and see the books on the shelf, I smile. Knowing I have read them all and that there are more to add once I get them from the store just makes it that much better for me.

Besides wanting the library in my house, I love the smell of books. When you buy them at a thrift store or somewhere and they are old, it makes me think about what times were like way back when. I love being able to walk around with the book in my hands. When people see what you are reading it stricks up some great conversations and you can't get that with an E-Book. I also love all the book marks I use. They all have some sort of meaning and when you open a book and see that old picture or movie stub or whatever you decide to use it brings back a lot of memories that an E-Book can't give you.

Another reason I LOVE books is because some have the illustrations that you need to help you follow the story line. A map, pictures, even the series lists in the back of the books. E-Books don't have this feature (I don't think).

I'm glad there are a lot of books that can't be put on an E-Book like Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book (listed below) and the little kid books. Because I love books, my kids have a TON of them. All of which get read at the very least once a year. Here lately we have been reading multiple books a night so that is going to add up. I will need to buy more books for sure! I could not imagine my kids running around with E-Books instead of real books.

Now, with all that said, I do think about getting an E-Book every once in a while but I always come back with the same answer of "No" every time. I just will not give up my books. I cherish all the ones I have and will never stop going to the store to buy more!

Do you prefer the E-Book over the regular hard or paper back books?

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    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Judy - I could completely understand how 20 large cartons of books could become a bit of a hastle. I hope one day I can get that far with my library (but by then I will probably regreat it LOL). As for not being able to have your e-book signed, maybe you can make your own cover that they can sign it with a permanent marker or something, then you will have all the signatures right there :) Could end up being worth a lot more money too! Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

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      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      ishwaryaa22 - Thanks for all the votes and sharing :) I'm glad you see it my way as well!

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      7 years ago

      I love books too but after our last major move it took about 20 large cartons and a whole week to resettle those books in our new home.

      In the end, (after the move - not very strategic, I know) I decided to donate most of my paperbacks to various charities.

      I am definitely considering the move to e-books for fiction. I like the idea of having multiple titles on hand in a handy format for travel but I have remained a true real book lover to my cookbooks which I consider my heirloom book collection. I have already amassed a small collection of signed cookbooks which has cost me a small fortune.

      The most disappointing thing about an ebook is that I won't be able to have it signed.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      I am an avid reader and like your library, my book cupboard (my tiny library in the corner) is also overflowing with books and comics. Like you, I love the smell of books. I completely agree with your points about the advantages of books over e-books though you clearly mentioned you did not hate the e-books and really wanted to try it. Last but not the least, like you, I could not imagine my kids running around with e-books in the future! I voted No in your poll. An engaging hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Wonderful news grayareas :) I'm glad you are a Book lover too!!! All my old collage text books are marked up and of course my Bible from long ago has my favorites underlined and all. It's good to see I'm not the only one making notes in my books! Thanks for stopping by the and comment! Greatly appreciated :)

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      7 years ago from Sanford, North Carolina

      Ebooks have their place, but call me old fashioned. I love ink on paper. I like turning the pages, tucking things between the pages. Most importantly, books are my TOOLS. I always read with a pencil in hand and underline, make notes and comments. I can pick up a book I read 20 years ago and what I found useful is marked. I don't have to read the whole book again to get it. But, yes, the bookshelves get packed. Periodically, I pare down the excess and give them to the local second-hand store. But not the ones I've marked up. By the way: I frequently buy a second-hand book that somebody else has marked up. I consider that a plus.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks for the votes and stopping by Deborah! I just bought me another book :) I just can't help myself LOL

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I agree with you I like my books. I like to hold books and I like to look at my books on the shelves and reread them I do like the smell of books.

      awesome hub.

      voted up


    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      YAY Sunshine625!!! I knew there were more of us book smellers out there hahaha. Glad you agree with me!

      Thanks for SHARING

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I totally agree with you! I want the book, not an eBook. I prefer the real deal. I also shop at used book stores and I like the smell also, I'm glad I'm not the only one:)

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I've heard about a lot of people getting the Kindle Fire but haven't heard any reveiws from friends yet. I don't want it to do all the fancy stuff, I don't need it to have internet or anything, I just want a plain "book". Thanks for the info bonnielu :)

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      7 years ago

      CassyLu - The Nook Color is through Barnes & Noble. I've had it about two years. Check out the Kindle Fire. I've not seen it yet, I think it came out toward the end of last year.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      WOW! You all might have just changed my mind (for the moment anyways LOL). It seems I might be able to have both an E-Book and my real books that I love.

      Stephanie - how do you like your Kindle? That's the one from Amazon?

      Bonnielu2011 - It's because of that library in your house so long ago that made me want one in my house. I remember going there a lot and it was amazing to me how many books you had! The NookColor, where's that one through and do you like it?

      Lissie Loomes - It does make sense to have one for those times you didn't expect to be sitting somewhere for a long time. That always seems to happen with us and dr appointments or basically anything we need to get done on post. Lately I just leave my book in the van because I'm always away from the house and that way I have it with me.

      lady rain - I think if I do decided to get an E-Reader it will take me forever to find one I like. I need to just get someone who has one of each and borrow them all to see what is the best, even though I'm not getting rid of my books!

      Lynn S. Murphy - That's so true about the weight. I brought 6 books back with us in our suitcases when we moved back from Italy and all my husband has was his Sony E-Reader in his carry on.

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 

      7 years ago

      I felt like you and I do read a lot, I felt the same way, smell, turning the page and knowing how much left before the end. And I too have a library that is out of control. I was still skeptical until I got and used my Kindle. When I travel I can download and take as many books as I want and I'm not carrying around 10 books in my suitcase (which adds to the weight btw). If I finish the book I'm reading and there's not a store in sight, I can easily download more books. I found it to be easy and convenient.

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      lady rain 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I have been looking for an ereader for months and still haven't found one that I really like. I still prefer to hold a real book and feel the pages. It's like having a special moment when I read a book!

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      Lissie Loomes 

      7 years ago from Tasmania, Australia

      I agree with bonnielu2011, ebook readers have their place. I have a Kindle, and I find it very convenient to carry with me for those odd half hour waiting times that come up unexpectedly, or when I am travelling. There is nothing to compare though with handling a book as you read. But amazing to think that with an ereader you can carry your library with you.

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      7 years ago

      I've pretty much gone to e-books (I have a NookColor) because life changes have necessitated that I should 'downsize'. At one time I had a library -- it was a loft above the family room with book shelves to the ceiling. There was even a special seating space to read a favorite book. I loved it! However, I've moved a few times since then and no longer have space to showcase my books, or even store them. So, for that reason alone, an e-reader has become a better option. But I agree with you, CassyLu1981, keep real hard-copy books in your life as long as you can. There is something about that which can never be replaced with modern technology.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I have also loved books ever since I can remember, and for years collected books and had them everywhere. Recently I got a Kindle, and have enjoyed it quite a bit, but I agree with you that there is just something very satisfying about holding a real book that is not like an e-reader. I'll read my ebooks, but I won't give up all my real books!


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