Good day one and all. eReaders; a touchy subject among me and my friends. Lots of the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am a senior citizen and find myself using my kindle paperwhite more and more. Love physical books but find the kindle easier on the eyes especially reading before I go to sleep which I love to do. Much easier to transport also. I still keep my treasure of loved books in physical form but admit to the kindle.
I love to use an e-reader when I am at the beach or on the go. It helps to prevent damage to my book. But on the other hand, I feel like nothing could replace the feeling when you read a physical book. You can see your progress and feel much more accomplished when you finish it and can hold the book up so that everyone can see your progress.
@Bill it is interesting that you find it easier on your eyes. Like you I read before sleep and I find that because as I spend most of the day staring at screens that reading physical books helps me relax. The main time I will use an ereader though is when the digitial book is a lot cheaper than the physical version this seems to happen quite a bit with niche non-fiction.
I have a kindle paperwhite and I use it alot. I mostly read it at night because it's easier to hold than a big paperback or hardback. It's also really good for travelling when I can't take a lot of books with me.
I love physical books aswell and I use the library alot to check books out and I have a lot on my shelves as well.
To me I love both my kindle and physical books equally.
Have to say I'm the same as Scott! I spend so much time on screens in the course of my working day that it doesn't feel like I ever get a break from them if I read for pleasure on them too. That said, I can really see the benefit of ereaders when you travel lots as carrying books can be a pain.
I do most of my reading on my Kindle. I find it easier to hold. Also I really appreciate how I can adjust the text and page settings. The no glare makes reading outside in the sun or shade a new fave place for me.
I am firmly on the side of e-readers. Nothing against physical books (and in some situations -- particularly those involving lush images, special paper, and/or embossed leather -- I find them preferable), but I've had to move many times and books were always the first thing I've had to pare down when packing. Having to let go of books is painful; keeping them digital means I don't have to. Not to mention, I don't always have access to English-language libraries/bookstores and international shipping takes forever and gets expensive. Don't know what I'd do without the Kindle store!
I abandoned physical the minute the kindle was released. My physical library these days is less than ten books. My digital library is embarrassingly large. In all the years since, I've only ever missed being able to quickly page back and reread something. I do miss that :(.
Also, I've tried almost every brand of reader out there and the paperwhite (or voyage) is the best.
Also, calibre is your friend.
Love both. Lean more towards the e-reader
Coming from an 18 year old leaving cert student I have somewhat of a mixed feeling towards ebooks. In my school we use iPads meaning most of our textbooks, notes and general work are digital, we are now beginning to use digital versions of our English texts and I have to say, I really don’t like it. I enjoy the feeling of a physical book.
I never read from my iPad or my phone. It is straining on your eyes and although there are many positives to ebooks such are cheaper books etc I really feel that the negatives outweigh the good.There is a constant debate among students and teachers regarding which is better.
i always get the feeling of accomplishment and achievement when I finish a physical book. As strange as it sounds I love the process of reading a new book, as the spine bends more and more as you progress.
also I find ebooks very impersonal, you don’t get either the new of old smell, the crinkles of the pages, nothing.
finally, I really went on a bit of a tangent here but your still reading I guess. There is nothing I love more then to stumble upon a book I have been searching for, I tend to buy my books second hand and there is a cafe close to be called the bookshop cafe which has a large maze of a library with books stuffed everywhere you look. I get such a buzz finding a gem like an old edition of a classic or beautiful bound book. These feeling you most certainly can not achieve from an ebook.