I'm old fashioned I suppose...but a real book will always be my choice. I see the potential of kindle but, for me, it could never replace the experience of a book.
I, too, prefer a book that I hold in my hands and actually turn the pages and I think I always will, however, I love my Kindle. It is easy for me to carry several books while traveling. I love the convenience of having so many books in one place that go with me where I choose to take them. I can read several books at once (as I usually do) and not have to worry about which one will go with me to the doctors office, hair appointments, service appointments for my car, etc. For example, I recently spent a week at the beach. We rented a house with an ocean view... just the year before I was carting several books to last me the week. This year I had my Kindle with over 100 books selections in one little compact electronic gaget....it was wonderful.
I like the real thing however after a 12 hour bus trip to Darwin carrying heavy books to read I can appreciate how light 1 kindle would be to carry compared to the books ! My bag would have been tons lighter !
My childrens book will most likely be online first then in book form.
I think e-readers will replace books, it's just more convenient. But there will always be those who prefer the feel of a book.
Not all books are available on e-format, some books are available only in hard copy format. And when it comes to reading books I prefer hard copy more.
For me, nothing beats the feel of a real book in my hands and pages to turn. I like being able to visually see my progress as well.
My goal in life is to have my own library in my house. I love the way books look on shelves.
I prefer books. I will always prefer books, however living in a small town has forced me (for economic reasons) to purchase a Nook. I don't have to drive an hour out of my way to buy a book. It's cheaper (mostly) for me to download a book with my Nook. It's faster. No shipping is required. I would spend more than the cost of my Nook a year in gas and shipping. Also, I can subscribe to newspapers that don't deliver in my area-- at a cheaper rate. I wasn't excited about the Nook at first, but its been helpful since the only bookstore in a fifty miles closed.
I personally prefer an actual book and think it is so sad, although useful, to see the book industry moving on to e-readers. I think for younger generations, right now, the kindle easily replaces a book with all the technology they are being raised with, although there are many people my age who prefer the kindle, as well. But nothing beats that smell of fresh ink when you first buy a book, and see the obvious love of a book as it begins to get worn with age and use...the aged look of pages in older books, books with beautiful gold or silver lining, collector's editions, spending hours in a bookstore looking through all the titles and curling up in their couches with new books, finding books I read from my childhood....Ahhh. No, kindle, nor any kind of e-reader, will ever replace an actual book for me. Books are so special to me. I can see myself using one in some cases of convenience or for more research-purposes, but never as a replacement, no.
When the codex [pages] replaced the scroll it enabled a reader to flip through a book and find a piece of text. Books in e-format are much like a scroll. There is no paging through the text as easily as one might page through a book in hand. So it is a book for me. Plus, I own the book. One does not own the book on a Kindle.
I love reading with my highlighter handy to highlight out segments i think are useful or interesting so i can come back later. I also personalize my books by making short notes on the pages. Am sure that tells you my preference
I actually formed a solid opinion on this last week. I switched over to using e-readers for snout a year and I thought I really loved it until I went to barnes and noble and bought a hardcover. I was immediately reminded why I love having an actual book in my hands. It just seems so much more...involved may be the word I'm looking for? You just lose so much of the great experience of reading when you use an e-reader. I have officially switched back to books as of 8 months ago and even though I really liked the portability and being able to have all my books in one place. I don't think I'll be using one for more than a book or two that isn't available in stores in the future.
Call me crazy, but I like the smell of the pages in a book. The scent of reading. Kindle can't do that. The feel of the pages, and fanning the remainder of a good book to see how much longer you have to go before they tell you what happens, irreplaceable.
I do not think that the kindle will replace books but I personally prefer the kindle because you have so many books all in one device.
There is nothing like the feel of a book and its pages. I prefer books myself but the e-readers are convenient for some and for those that want to carry many books, all in one place. I Think that both have good points about them. I guess it depends on the convenience and need.
Technology could never beat a book.Books have been around for ages and then all of a sudden you have this new age kindle.I have a kindle but I rarely ever buy any books on it enless their free.Nope books beat the kindle by a mile.
I was very reluctant to get an ereader. My kids actually bought me a Nook for Christmas and I didn't think I would like it. I thought I would miss the feel of a book, the page-turning, the weight of the book in my hand. However, after reading a couple of books, I absolutely adored my Nook. I loved the ease of quickly downloading a book. No need to make a trip to the bookstore (but I still love going to the bookstore, if only for the aromas). I love how it perfectly saves my reading pages and I can highlight my favorite parts.
The ereaders are amazing and convenient, plus the books are less expensive. A win-win for sure.
by SJ Rose 2 years ago
Do you prefer reading from an actual book, or from an e-reader like Kindle or Kobo?
by BlissfulWriter 2 years ago
Do people still buy books any more?With many bookstores going out of business, do you still buy books anymore? If so, do you buy the traditional books, audio-books, or eBooks?
by Janis Goad 6 years ago
Do you prefer reading books in paper or e-reader form, like Kindle or Kobo, and why?
by Deep Biswas 6 years ago
Paper books or kindle? Which do you prefer and why?I personally prefer kindle as it is more convenient and 1 kindle(or any other e-book reader) = several books. Besides, it saves trees.
by Adele Cosgrove-Bray 6 years ago
Ebooks are changing the publishing industry. They're also changing the way in which people access books. For the first time, ebooks are apparently outselling paperbacks; and as the price of ereaders continues to drop, it seems likely that this trend will continue.Will trade paperbacks...
by William Benner 20 months ago
Do you prefer ebooks or the traditional paper books?I am curious about what the the authors on HubPages prefer to write or even read.Paper or plastic?
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