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Printed Books vs eBooks: Which Side Are You On?

Updated on November 11, 2012
a Kindle and a printed book
a Kindle and a printed book

I want you to close your eyes and pretend for a moment that your best friend has just purchased a book for you. You have been patiently waiting for its release for almost a year and are excited to read it. When your friend finally arrives with the new book, you notice they have two boxes with them. You are informed that one box contains a printed copy of the book and the other box contains an eBook reader with your new book already installed on it. The catch is that you can only choose one or the other.

Which one would you choose?

Many people say to go for the eBook, as technology is becoming more advanced and helps us by making our lives easier. Others inform you to stick to traditionally printed media, and to not conform to buying electronic books, no matter what anyone says.

Are you still confused as to which box you will take? Well, what we can do is look at a few positive and negative aspects of both types of books and decide for ourselves which media best suits our lifestyle.

Printed Media

We will first have a look at some of the advantages that traditional media has over electronic media.

Printed Books Last Forever

In the distant future, printed books may be a rare occurrence amongst the world. Also, many printed books that have been popular over the years, have an almost certain chance of becoming extremely rare and potentially valuable items in the future. Imagine yourself years and years into the future showing your friends and grandchildren your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This publication has been out of print for decades, but yet you can still sit down on a stormy night and enjoy it just as you did years ago. The dog-eared pages happily greet you and that stain from the day you accidentally dyed a few pages red thanks to a spilled juice incident still looks as vibrant as ever.

books such as the Harry Potter series may become valuable rare items in the future.
books such as the Harry Potter series may become valuable rare items in the future.

E-Book readers will not last forever. Eventually, they will have to be replaced and you will be without your precious library until you receive another. Imagine your reader crashing during an exciting scene in your new book? When treated with love and care, printed books can last years, even decades and do not require any replacing.


Printed Books Can Survive Through A Bit More Damage

Printed books and eBook readers are both destructible. However, printed books tend to fair better when subjected to certain forms of damage over their electronic rivals. For example, water will ultimately kill your Kindle, Nook, or whatever it is that you use. This means that soaking in a warm bath will your reader runs a risk of becoming a catastrophic event. There have been many times where I have accidentally dropped the book I was reading into my bathwater. I simply took it out, opened it up to the middle section, and left it out to dry for a few hours. The only damage received was that the pages became a bit wavy, but overall the book will still legible.

Dropping an electronic reader can result in either a mild form of damage such as a slight scratch on the interface or, in the worst case scenario, an extreme level of damage such as a cracked screen. Printed books would probably be a better alternative for those ( like me ), who are constantly dropping or knocking things over.

Books Are Better For Referencing

If you are planning on using an eBook on the Kindle to research information on a project, you're in for a tough ride. Kindles do not use page numbers in their books. Instead, they use 'markers' and percentages to let you know where you are in the book.

Example of location markers on a Kindle
Example of location markers on a Kindle

So, let's say your instructor or friend informs you that the information you need is on page 132. Finding this page with a printed book is as easy as telling someone your name. However, finding page 132 on a Kindle can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You will have to flip through countless screens of print, sometimes missing the information entirely and going too far. Once you find the page, you'll now have to record the location ( and sometimes the percentage as well ) and keep it close by, or else risk having to search through a good bit of the book all over again. For referencing, save yourself the headache and just use traditional books.

The Experience Of Owning A Printed Book

There is no greater feeling than holding an actual book in your hands. You can feel the glossy cover than engulfs the book, run your fingers over the texture of the paper, smell the delightful scent of both old and new books, and enjoy flipping back and forth throughout the pages. Truly experiencing a book is one of the best things about printed media and also one of the most popular reasons why many people still prefer the traditional way of reading. All of these senses are useless with eBooks as it tends to be the same blasé experience with each book you read.

Electronic Media

We will now have a look at some of the advantages electronic media has over printed media.

Books Are Readily Available

Let's say you are at home and you see a review on television regarding the latest book written by your favourite author. You did not know this book was even on shelves and you simply must have it now! Instead of jumping into your car, or having to walk to your local book store hoping that the title has not sold out already, you simply pull out your Kindle, download it from the Kindle Store, and have the entire book in your palms within minutes!

Having books readily available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is a huge advantage for any book lover. My local book store is pretty far away from my house ( I have to walk a few minutes and then get on a bus ), and sometimes the trip was a waste of time as the book has either been sold out, or has not arrived yet. I remember being in University, and having our teacher inform us that we need to personally purchase a copy of a book. Students ran out to the closest book stores snatching up every copy thus making purchasing the book a huge disadvantage for others. Having a Kindle eliminates this problem altogether. E-Books can never sell out and are available to download on the same day as the books release, no matter where you are in the world. Another advantage is that you can pre-order books and wake up to your book automatically delivered to your Kindle, and immediately start your reading experience.

Personalisation

Once printed books are published, their font style and size will stay the same forever. In some occurrence, the font size may be too small or words are not spaced out enough which makes sentences look like one big word, such as superfragilisticexpialidocious. It's an overall nuisance to the eyes and can even completely ruin the reading experience. One of the advantages of the Kindle is that you can change the font size, font family and even the line spacing to suit your personal needs. It gives you a sense of control over the book as you are presented with a few options that allow you to customize your book the way you want to.

text personalization options on the Kindle
text personalization options on the Kindle

Kindles Are Lightweight

Many books can be hundreds, if not thousands of pages long. These books can be a real hassle to drag along with you when you are travelling, especially on aeroplanes or even short trips to your local beach due to their weight and overall bulk. Another issue with large books is when you are towards the end of one and have to bring along another. You may feel as though you need to carry along a separate backpack or suitcase just for your books! E-Book readers eliminate this issue completely.

Kindles, whose average weight is about the same as a can of soup, can be stored quickly and easily within carrying bags. You will no longer have to worry about how much space and weight your bag can handle. Those extremely large paperback books can now fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.

eBooks Are Cheaper

In the long run, titles that are available on Kindles and other eBook readers are generally cheaper to purchase because you no longer have to pay for a printing fee. In reference to Amazon's U.S. website, and a few bookstores ( such as Barnes and Noble and Waterstones ), paperback books would generally cost you an average of $3 - $6 more than the electronic version. EBooks are also eco-friendly and can be a first-choice option for bookworms who are attempting to go green.

Of course, the list of pro's and con's regarding eBooks and printed books is much more vast than the one presented above, however, the only one who truly knows which one is best for you, is you! So, which form of media do you guys prefer? Traditional or modern?

Which Form Of Media Do You Prefer?

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      David Livermore 4 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I have been leaning more towards e-book since I was given a Kindle. I enjoy holding an actual book in my hand. But the portability, how easy it is to read, and the (sometimes) cheaper cost make reading e-books worth it.

      Good article, voted up.

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      Kasja 00 4 years ago from London

      I received a Kindle two years ago as a christmas gift but I refused to use it because I loved holding the book in my hand. But once I gave it a try ( months later! ) I thoroughly enjoyed it and haven't put it down since. However, I do know a few people who wouldn't touch e-books with a ten foot pole :)

      Thank you so much.

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      LastRoseofSummer2 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like eBooks only when I'm previewing a book or when I'm reading a public domain work which I don't think is worth buying. Beyond that, I am for printed books all the way.

      Great article!

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      Marc Rohde 4 years ago from Racine, WI

      I have moved exclusively to eBooks recently. I disagree that paperbooks are easier for reference--I use highlights extensively on eBooks and those reference marks transfer to any device I am reading on. If you ever moved you will realize that having physical (heavy books) are a pain and when I moved across country I donated all but a small number of my books to the local library to cut my moving expense. I am moving again now and I get to keep my library on my Kindle. Further eBooks are not destructible, eBook READERS are--tossing my Kindle in a pool destroys the reader not the contents because it is stored elsewhere.

      You are right, I question if Amazon shutters some day weather or not I will have my library and I bet on Amazon vs Barnes and Noble for that reason. To me this is the only real downside but for all the convenience of carrying my library with me I will take the risk.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for a neat look at printed verses eBooks. This was an interesting read. Though I voted "prefer printed books" I wouldn't through the baby out with the bath water. Having the benefits of both is fabulous stuff! We do need to keep in mind that the electronic world could go down in a blink, though.

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      JC DC 4 years ago

      Well for me I'll go printed books, I know that ebooks are very comfortable to use and its easy to access but I really love reading books like turning the pages manually and putting some bookmarks on it.

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      mysticalrose 4 years ago

      I have Kindle and it is very good when you are traveling. No need to buy anything bulky and leave them in some hotel when you are done with it. And with kindle it has curbed my habit to flip through the book. Congrates by the way on the hub of the day. :)

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      4 years ago from Denmark

      I used to be a firm believer in printed books, and I still prefer them.

      But after having read some ebooks, I started getting why people liked them, and I have been thinking about getting an ebook-reader so I can do 50/50 reading.

      Congratulations on being hub on the day, and thanks for a good hub on the differences between "real" books and electronic books.

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I prefer print but do like an e-reader for traveling. Having said that I voted for traditional print books because I really do like the feel of holding a book. Congrats on your hub of the day, well deserved.

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Since I received my Kobo ereader some years back, I have been using it to read most of my books now. I can highlight and save any page I want. I can write down notes if I want. Having said that, I still buy physical books that I can't find on electronic format. I still have a library full of books and my ereader just occupy a small space at the corner of the shelf. Congrats!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very interesting! I know eBooks and readers are popular, but somehow, I just think regular books will be around for a long time!

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      Shaylynn Hayes 4 years ago from Evanston, Nova Scotia

      I own an e-reader because it does have some benefits, but I love print books. I use both, but I find even after I've read an e-book, I'll still purchase it again in print later if I loved the book.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Great hub. I swear by printed books but my husband loves ereaders and has really started reading more because of them. Best of both worlds in our house. Congrats on your HOTD.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      My husband and I love to travel, and we camp in a 30 foot travel trailer, often for 5 months at a time. We used to carry our books with us, and would end up with about 25 books in the trailer, which took up so much room. We got kindles for Christmas, and love them. The best part is how much more space we have in the trailer. I still love printed books, however, and will buy them occasionally. Nice hub - voted up!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Really great hub. Congrats. I think it is a big mistake to replace books entirely. In the case of fiction, it may not be as crucial an issue, but when you look at replacing history books or even reference books, it is too easy to manipulate the historical facts and not leave a real trail. It is so much harder to do that with an actual book or written document. Unless there is an occurrence like that which Ray Bradbury wrote of in Fahrenheit 451 (and there has been that in many countries, throughout time) books will be here to document our past.

      Ultimately, I think there are two levels, one personal and one more global. I hope that books don't become a rare commodity and remain with us even if the majority of the population uses ebooks.

      FYI a library just opened in Texas that is entirely electronic. There may be others, but I just heard about this one a few days ago.

      A very good topic for discussion. Well written. Take care and happy reading. :-)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congratulations on HOTD.

      When I am traveling, the e-reader is what I use but I love my books.

      Each of us has our own preferences but I hope that books are always readily available for the generations yet to be.

      Sending Angels to you..:) ps

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      TheKemist 4 years ago

      great hub.

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      Cassandra Mantis 4 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Great hub! I have to admit I am a big fan of the eBook as it will see in the liberation of publishing as we know it. plus I am going to publish a novel and I am planning on self-publishing it!

      The advantages of one versus the other; an interesting thing is that while ebooks are selling like hot cakes, print books have made a bit of a comeback recently! So it's anyone's guess what might happen in the future!

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      April 4 years ago from Missouri

      I like printed books, there is just something about seeing all my books lined up on a shelf. And being able to hold them as I read. I am more of a paper back chicken than hardcover. Enjoyed your article.

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      POWERS1205 4 years ago

      I love the fact that I can access my evokes online from anywhere, yet if I had a choice as a gift, I would definitely want the printed version. I enjoy having books on my bookshelf that I can enjoy or lend. Plus there are books that have been handed down to me that I look forward to giving to my children. I think both mediums have there place.

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      mares97 4 years ago

      I have a Kindle and like the portability especially when traveling. However, I still like holding a book...so I'll usually have a paperback or one from the library when I'm flying. There are advantages to both. Good posting.

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      joaniebaby 4 years ago

      Looks as though printed books win this poll. As you say, there are pros and cons for both. It just depends upon what you want at the precise moment. I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas and it still amazes me how that whole book can be downloaded with one click! But I still enjoy the printed book in my hands. My eyes seem to like it better, too. Voted up and interesting.

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      amandajoyshapiro 4 years ago

      You make an excellent comparison. I've been wanting to buy an eReader for years: they weigh less, it's great for magazines and newspapers, and books are inexpensive. I don't know how many times I've tested out the different formats to figure out which I like better. Leaning more towards the Nook. Just like cell phones, there's always a new generation claiming to be the best plus the operating systems and content need to be compatible. Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD... I just give up and go to the library. LOL.

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      alwaysamber 4 years ago

      I have tried both and honestly, I think that I will always be about books, themselves. There is just something that I enjoy about turning a page in a book. I don't get that same enjoyment from eBooks. I enjoy visiting the library and book stores when I get the chance. For a lot of people, having a Kindle, etc.,may be more convenient, because you are able to have all of your readings in one place, but I have no problem packing books around :)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      By nature I just have to have a printed copy of a book. I need to dog ear pages, be able to put sticky notes on pages, highlight, annotate, you name it. I must be hands on with my books.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great job on laying out the pros and cons of each. While e-books have their place (travel, ease), nothing will ever replace a real book. I have bookshelves full of them! Love them! I enjoyed your hub. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Edward 4 years ago from O'Fallon

      I used to be one of those "Paper books until I die!" type people, but now I use kindle cloud reader on my PC, laptop, and android phone.....and now I can read whatever, wherever, whenever, without having to bring any physical copy along. I don't know how you can beat that.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      I adore books, could you imagine lying in a bath and reading a kindle? No way, I want to feel the paper and lovingly turn the pages as I munch some of my favorite treats.

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      Educateurself 4 years ago

      Well in my opinion i love to read on both because the my aim is to get knowledge no matter whether it's from printed media or books.

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      mariekbloch 4 years ago

      I've been wanting a kindle for a while now, but only because I want to read books all the time and it's so much cheaper. But if a friend handed me a book version and the digital version for free, I am always going to choose the book.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I don't own a Kindle yet, but I would love to have one. You have provided a lot of background info for me to consider as I prepare to make a purchase. I think it will definitely be more economical and convenient. Thanks for the HOTD!

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      I must say I love my printed books. I do like the ereader as well, but much prefer the printed books. I do not know if I will swing to the side of the kindle or another type of reading device. There is just nothing like having the book in my hand. I really like the way you pointed out great points about both the printed and the eBooks. Congrats on being HOTD! Voted up!

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      I neeD a kindle to read but a book to study from.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Kasja 00 - Nice that your hub made "Hub of the Day." Paper versus electronic books was a fitting subject.

      You make good arguments toward paper-page books over the electronic variety, but I think that you may be overlooking at least two important differences that favor the latter over the former. You can load 1,000 books into an e-book reader and carry it with you whereever you go. Carrying 10 paper-page books can be burdensome. Additionally, the type size within a paper-page book is what it is. You can alter the font size to your liking in an e-reader setting.

      There are other differences, of course, but one of the big differences is that booksellers and publishers are having a difficult time competing with e-books using paper-page books to do so. One must only conclude that there are good reasons for this.

      Gus :-)))

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      At least we will have more trees left to sit under whilst reading our Kindle

      Books!

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      Joelle Burnette 4 years ago

      Regardless of your choice, you can read my books in print or in electronic format. My books are "Cancer Time Bomb" and "Freedom Doesn't Just Come Along with a Tree."

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Fantastic hub - well written and researched.

      I love the smell and the feel of a real book. I have wonderful memories of rainy days spent with well-worn pages.

      But .....I have sore, arthritic hands and older eyes. I love that I can change the font size on my Kindle and that I can easily read in sunlight. I love the lighness of my Kindle and the fact that my sore thumbs don't have to spread tightly bound pages. I also find the highlighting tool to be very useful.

      It's an ebook for me!

      Congrats on you HOTD!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Congrats on HOTD!

      I prefer real books, but the electronic kind does have an appeal. I might get one in the future to supplement my real books.

      This is a great topic, and I like reading the pros and cons.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Well done!

      You have laid out very thorough comparisons of the advantages and disadvantages of each form of media.

      Personally, I much prefer the printed book; I like the feel of turning the page to see what's around the bend as it were. The down side is, I also like to keep my books, and often re-read favorites many times over. As many books as I have collected over the years, this was creating a huge problem with physical storage space, so in 2011, I was gifted a Nook e-reader. It can store up to about 12oo books, plus games and has some limited capability to access Internet sites such as Hub Pages and Face Book. (Although, I must put the emphasis on 'limited,' as the formatting and utility when using it for a tablet computer is not very user-friendly, and it is maddeningly slow for those purposes.)

      It is also quite a bit heavier than a normal paperback, which can easily lead to cramps in the thumbs or palm of the hand when reading in bed.

      The Nook does not use a "percentage" marker for progress through the book; there are page numbers, in an "x of xx" pages format. However, pages are easily bookmarked for future reference. That said, you are right about the page numbering being an issue. It will change if you change your font size or spacing; it will change from version to version of the device itself, as some have smaller screens. However, once I learned how to use the bookmark, highlight and notes feature, it can successfully be used to read books for research purposes...even so, I prefer the old-fashioned highlighter pens and post-it flags..

      As you point out, I am well aware that electronic devices can easily 'crash' and fail, losing all of your material. So, for me, the e-reader is a compromise; a mixed-bag. I get to have my books, when I want them, and keep them as long as I want, but I am deprived of my preferred way to read.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I recently published a hub about how I prefer to read on my Kindle rather than print books.

      While the Kindle itself may be more destructible than paperbacks (and water will kill a paperback too, by the way), all of your books are stored and can be re-downloaded when the Kindle is replaced.

      My daughter loves to "wash" our books with soap and water. I don't have that problem with my Kindle, and even if she did, I still own all those books that I purchased, because I can download them again, or read them on my computer, iPhone or other devices!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      You've made good points for both sides. Congrats on the HOTD award.

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      Deidre Shelden 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      A good comparison! As you say, there are many more pros and cons. It has taken me a few years with my first Kindle, then accessing my books too through my smartphone and now getting a more up to date Kindle to begin to feel like I prefer e-books a bit more now. A big factor for me is the Kindle is easier to hold while reading for my arthritic-like pains in my arms. Also, reducing the need for space to keep paper books is a plus and having my old Kindle to share my books with others is another motivator to go more for e-books.

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      Diane Ziomek 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I am on the fence, as I like them both. I used to always think print was the only way to go, but I received a Kobo Vox for Christmas last year and love it. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but when it comes right down to it the scales tip a little more in favour of print, at least for me. I am what some people might consider to be a "book hoarder"; and my bookshelves are full with no room to spare for another. I do have to say, my Kobo bookshelf is also filling up quickly.

      Being an independent author, I have to say self-publishing eBooks has been beneficial to my career. I also have to say it is nice to actually hold a printed copy of my book as well. There is no right or wrong answer to the question "Which is better?" It is based on personal preference and interests. I love my print books when I'm home, but when I'm out and about I take my Kobo along so I have something to read. Plus, with the variety I have on my Kobo it shouldn't matter what mood I'm in - I'm sure I'll find something good to read. (I hope this didn't post twice or more...had to refresh my page.)

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      frantisek78 4 years ago

      I used to be pro-printed book, but since getting a Kindle a few months ago (after a lot of thought), I really prefer it now. E-readers make getting foreign language books a lot easier, which is a huge plus for me.

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      anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Let me first congratulate you for "Hub of the Day" award. A good read. I prefer printed books rather an ebook. I just love the smell of the printed books and love holding them and reading.

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      Chewy Mommy 4 years ago

      I think eReaders and paper books can both have their place in a reader's life. I love my kindle and have discovered many great books by new authors via Amazon. If there is a book I really want and know I will read over and over (anything by Jodi Picoult) I prefer to have the paper version. There is just something about holding a paper book in your hands.

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      Laura Irwin 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Surprised to see the poll favored print books by a large margin. INteresting. I have arthritis so naturally i must have ebooks. No doubt about it. I made the switch over a year ago and I can't even begin to state how happy I am with it. My only complaint is they are priced nearly the same as a regualr book but you have nothing to show for it (like a trophy on your shelf). You literally and physically dont have a book but you paid nearly the same. I'd like to see the ebook prices go down. I guess its the same mentality behindipods with buying music onthem but having no cd in your hand to show for it.

      Times when I want to sit in my tub and read....I simply cant cause I'd hate to accidentally drop my Nook in the water. I still like going into a bookstore to physically get my hands on the books and flip through them for old times sake, but I'm completely a convert.

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      kingkos 4 years ago

      This is depend on what you need, But I prefer for print books when it comes to homework or thesis.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Like you said, "There is no greater feeling than holding an actual book in your hands." That is what I enjoy about books. But, I am one to give into technology. I would probably pick the eBook. The feature that drives me to the eBook is the fact that I can change the font size. I'm getting older and the large print books are getting heavier. I enjoyed reading your hub and contemplating the choice. Congratulations on receiving Hub of the Day!

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      Priscilla 4 years ago from El Paso

      I really prefer the actual books because like you said the way it feels in our hands when we turn the pages. I have learned to really appreciate actual books, but I can see why people have E-readers and kindles, it may have its good side but overall I usually stick to actual books. Great hub, wonderful to read.

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      danielleantosz 4 years ago from Florida

      I believe print books will always have a place in our society. However, e readers are a way to make more books accessible to more people, which is always a good thing.

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      Distant Mind 4 years ago

      I love gadgets, so for me printed books don't hold as much sentimental value as a gadget. So I get a lot of pleasure out of using a dedicated reading device. And if it's not sentiment, paper books hardly have anything else going for them in this battle.

      So with no hard feelings towards paper, e-readers are the future and I personally love it.

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I was one of those people who said I would not buy a kindle or any other e-reader. I am generally not first in line to buy when it comes to electronic goods.

      A trip abroad a year ago changed all that for me. I just got so tired of the weight of carting books about and the space it took up in limited weight allowances with travel these days.

      So, I took the plunge and bought a Kindle. Simplest one that there was. Stores 1400 books (more than I will ever need) it is not even a colour or touch screen! And it was soooo easy to set up.

      Well, need I say that I have never looked back since! The types of books I like which can be quite difficult to access in bookstores, are freely available on Amazon and very inexpensive. I do not purchase novels so I have no idea what price they are but I do know that there are some very good books out there for as little as 99p and some are even free. But even more than than, the kindle can be placed in my handbag and taken out anywhere, and I then have a choice of which book I choose to read. And great for reading in bed as it is so light and no need for page turning - just a flick of a tab. Eco-friendly because no paper used in printing and no petrol used having to go to the bookshop!

      I believe we still have a need for both as I would agree the real thing is so much better for referencing. And yes, it could be that in the future, all these electronic goods become unusable, so I shall be keeping my book collection as well!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      As you well wrote, both of them have advantages and disadvantages. As an avid reader, I personally prefer printed books; it is much more pleasant to read from a page than from a screen. I also think it is better and safer to take your book anywhere/anyplace (read in the sun or at the beach for example) but books are getting very expensive.

      The clear advantage of eBooks is that they are greener and cheaper and they don't take up so much space!!! I have yet to read my first eBook though.

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      Diane Ziomek 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      As @izettl said, eBooks should be lower priced than their printed counterparts. I am, as I stated in my previous comment, an independent author but do price my eBooks accordingly. I am on the other side of the fence a lot of the time, especially when I see a book I like but cannot justify spending as much or more for electronic than print. Authors need to keep in mind the cost of delivery is minimal or even free, so why not extend the reach by offering eBooks at a lower price than the print editions? True the royalties will not be the same per book, but in all honesty the number of sales will make up for it. Plus, I do have to say I earn more royalties by selling my eBooks at a lower price than the print edition.

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Aren't the royalties in general higher for an ebook? That's been my experience thus far.

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      Brandy Burlwood 4 years ago

      While I do like that eBooks are more green, I just cannot imagine giving up my library of hard copies. I tend to make notes in the margins and sometimes go back to a book to reference something and remember where in the book it was - that skill is totally lost with eBooks. While you can use comment features (which I have tried) it is still harder for me to make the notes I want. Also, believe it or not I find it easier to 'lose' and eBook - I have had some things I have purchased disappear from devices and unless you can readily find a receipt it is impossible to restore. I think that some back-up cloud archiving services are going to make this easier in the future, but we have not worked out all of the storage requirements on devices and "in the cloud" that will be required to store all of this data in the future.

      One other thing is that I miss bookstores. I had a used bookstore I loved that closed, then the Borders, then the Books-A-Million and now the Barnes and Noble near my house. I used to love grabbing a coffee and browsing through the isles and sometimes socializing with people in the cafe. With the Amazonization of procurement, I think we lose something socially and intellectually.

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      RachelLS 4 years ago

      You can actually find page numbers fairly easy on a Kindle. I have the Kindle keyboard, and all you have to do is hit the menu button; the page number in reference to the printed book will show up at the bottom of the box, and you can use the search bar to find a particular page.

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      Ginn Navarre 4 years ago

      I'm here to say--Kindle books have a few more advantages here that are not mentioned, e-books have opened the doors for visiual impared folks. The kindle will read aloud to you when your eyes are tired and old as I am---just simply lay back, put your feet up and it will read to you with or without ear-buds.

      All the classics are now available and the local librarys have came on board so you no longer have to phiscally go to them--you just check them out to your e-reader.

      Now anyone can publish books without going through the expense of an agent and long delays that the publishing house-editors ruled over. I use Amazon.com to publish my books and it is very simple and rewarding. Note: the land fills are filled with paper back books and book stores are closing----Yes it is time to move forward (NO MAN WALKES BACKWARDS)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ginn, that is an interesting point. I didn't realize it could read aloud to you. That is very useful. I also didn't know that library books could be checked out on them. That makes it a lot more appealing to me! I like the idea of Kindles, but only as a supplement to my real books. But if I got one, it would reduce the amt of paper books I bought, and they would take up less physical space.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Maybe if the the kinds of books are rare and out-of-print then I should hold on to them. Kindle is great and it makes reading more convenient; you'll have to deal with less clutter and storage for actual books.

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      Allyssa 4 years ago

      This has been something that I've had thoughts over, especially working in a bookstore. I had a customer once come in and tell me that e-readers were evil. She had a moment to go on a small tangent against them before I managed to get in and make the statement, "It's about the quality of the work you're reading, not the format you have." While I do love both my ereader and physical books, it took a long time for me to come to that conclusion. The customer took a moment, then said I had a point. By the end of our conversation I had completely changed her attitude about e-readers. I didn't necessarily sway her to buy one, but she did appreciate all the advantages of the device.

      Personally, what would make a night of reading on my Nook perfect, would be if someone created a book-scented candle :-)

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      StellaSee 3 years ago from California

      I used to be totally against tablets and ebooks and I didn't like them because I felt like they were the reason why bookstores are closing all over the place. But like you mention in your hub, ebooks are better in the sense that books don't pile up and if you were buying a textbook, it's a lot lighter to carry a tablet versus a thick, hardcover book. I guess I would consider getting an ebook, but for pleasure reading I would still prefer a plain old regular book. (glad to know I'm not the only one who sniffs books) congrats on hub of the day!

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