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Print books or E-books?

I thought I would share my views on print books vs. e-books and which one I like more.

Print Books:

Pros:

  • The Experience: There has always been something special about being able to have a physical copy of a story in your hands. You get to feel the turn of each page and the smell of a new book and the beauty of the cover! What’s not to love?
  • No Battery: You don’t have to worry about your book ending right in the middle because your battery died and no need to charge it either haha.
  • Accomplishment: I don’t know about y’all but I feel more accomplished when I finish a physical book rather than an e-book. I love being able to place my bookmark in the book and see how far I’ve come.
  • Sharing: It is much easier to lend your friends or family a physical book rather than your e-book that has your own personal library on it. It also seems to have more meaning and feeling behind it…in my opinion.

Cons:

  • Damage: I think it hurts any book lover to see their favorite book have any sort of damage. Whether it be bent pages, damaged cover, damaged spine, etc. It all hurts the same haha. Also I don’t like putting books in bags because something always seems to happen to them!
  • Size: For some people this isn’t a problem, because books come in so many sizes. However, they can be big and bulky and aren’t always convenient for travel.
  • Durability: They may last for years and years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll last forever. The pages will begin to degrade with time and although this isn’t a big problem it is still a problem.
  • Cost: Usually physical books can become pretty pricey especially hardcovers. Although, there are usually paperbacks to most books, it’s usually the hardcover copy that comes out first. However, if you don’t mind getting all your books from a library then this probably isn’t a problem for you.

E-books:

Pros:

  • Size: They are easy to travel with due to the small slender size of any e-reader. You can also have an 800 page book or a whole series in your bag and it’s all at the touch of a button. Heck, you could have a whole library in your bag and no one would ever know!
  • Font: Although this has never been a problem for me I know it can be a problem for others. If you have trouble reading small font it is nice to have the option to adjust it to where it’s perfect for you.
  • Cost: Most e-books are cheaper than the physical copies and you can also find many of them on sale for a good price or for free.
  • Brightness: You get the ability to read in the dark! Need I say more?

Cons: 

  • Battery: I know this was mentioned in the pros of print books; however, this will be a con for the e-book world. You could be at an intense part in your book and BAM! Lights out e-reader and guess what? You forgot your charger at home! It just isn’t your day…
  • Cost of E-Reader: Although the books aren’t too expensive the e-reader can be a little pricey, but you can find some sales.
  • Sharing: Although, sharing is caring you might think differently when you just spent $100 on your e-reader. 
  • Life: Let’s face it your e-reader isn’t life proof. If you drop that and it breaks…well let’s just say it’s much easier to drop a book.

Well, there y’all go! some pros and cons for both print books and e-books. Personally I use both and I like both! As a matter of fact I bought Zenith: The Androma Saga, by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, today on my Kindle. However, there is just something special and amazing when having the physical copy of any book. For me I would say print books win, but e-books will never be forgotten! 😉

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