Can e-books replace paperbacks?

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Re: Can e-books replace paperbacks?

Post by ValBookReviews » 28 Mar 2018, 19:07

asmaahsan wrote:
07 Jan 2013, 14:48
Nothing gives me more pleasure than a well-written, well-bound book in my hands.

I was an avid reader untill my early twenties when I became a mother and committed home-maker. I didnt read books anymore as I didnt get the time to sit and marvel at an excellent piece of literature. I started reading a lot of stuff on the internet.

As e-books became more popular, I found it so convenient to read them!

I read a lot online. I enjoy e-books now because in the middle of my concentrated reading sessions, if some phrase comes up that confuses me or gives me a sense of deja vu, I can always look it up immediately online, something thats a bit inconvenient if you are curled up with a book and the internet access is not close at hand.

Its easy to read an e-book on an android phone or some other modern internet enabled device and you can always pretend that you are checking your mail if amongst company that may label you as being a bookworm, something you may not like to be considered.

That e-books are the future of reading is a certainty, no doubt, but book lovers like me will always try to unearth and treasure those timeless collector's editions that you would only leave to someone who loves books as much as you, as your legacy.
Agreed! Preach! I often reminisce about the days when all I read were hard copies. :tiphat:
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Post by See_B00kReaDs » 29 Mar 2018, 23:25

E-books are convenient and easier to use. However, it feels different when you have real books on hand. It seems like it's really yours to keep.
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Post by See_B00kReaDs » 29 Mar 2018, 23:35

E-books can't replace paperbacks but then again they are more convenient to use.
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Post by anix67 » 01 Apr 2018, 01:24

I will say that e books are great and I love them. But I also hope that they never completely replace real books because it is so much better to hold one in hand

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Post by gen_g » 22 Apr 2018, 11:23

Personally, I do not feel that the ebook would be able to triumph over the physical book. Although I do recognise the efficiency and convenience of having ebooks – it saves space, time and money – the smell of a new book is unparalleled.

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Post by bb587 » 23 Apr 2018, 08:15

I read a lot on my tablet and phone but I ALWAYS purchase paper copies of my favorite books. I love the look of them on the bookshelf at home and it further supports the author.

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Post by P0tt3ry » 27 Apr 2018, 22:41

Despite the predictions that physical books were becoming obselete, they are still going strong and even increasing. Digital is handy but physical is personal. Curling up on a couch or in the hammock with a physical book is a luxury and a pleasure that can't be replicated, for me, by a screen.

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Post by Cristal2408 » 28 Apr 2018, 02:25

There are pros and cons to both options. Favorites are definitely physical while quick reads are ebooks. This has to do with the implication that a well cared for physical book lasts much longer (over 100 years) than an electronic book reader (5-7 years).

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Post by Britty01 » 28 Apr 2018, 20:30

Like many others, I am getting used to reading E-books, either on a Kindle or online. It is a very useful feature to be able to search for something online. However, as I spend a lot of time online doing other related tasks it could never completely take away my preference for a good book to hold as I read. I have some that are like dear friends that I have known for quite some time.

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Post by JuliaKay » 29 Apr 2018, 12:14

I do not think e-books will ever completely replace paperbacks because people I think enjoy the look and feel of an actual book. However, I think they will continue to grow in popularity, especially since they make it so easy for authors to self-publish and for individuals to have instant access to a book.
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Post by WarBabyMoon » 29 Apr 2018, 16:11

I refuse to read on an e-reader. I have to have the feel of a real book in my hands in order to read. Nothing shall ever replace that feeling! Eeep! Must read...

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Post by wolfloneshadow » 29 Apr 2018, 17:53

I also feel that reading a real book, whether hardcover or paperback, gives people a retreat from the high tech world. It's like an escape into another world. People spend too much time on computers and need a break.

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Post by love_b00ks » 30 Apr 2018, 22:30

I go for the real thing! The smell of new books is just heavenly!

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Post by Shrabastee » 02 May 2018, 03:21

I love books, period. It does not matter to me if they are printed versions or electronic ones. I have met a lot of people who say they are uncomfortable with e-books. While that is a matter of personal choice, I find much depends on habit as well. Since my childhood, I was solely dependent on printed books. But once I got access to a laptop and a smartphone, reading became easier for me for two reasons- one, there are huge stashes of free ebooks available online, just waiting to be downloaded.Secondly, I can carry my entire library with me and also, this is a no-brainer- I can read anywhere. I have seen people reading printed books while standing in a crowded public bus. Unfortunately, I haven't mastered that feat yet, so e-books do great for me. And of course, added bonus- I can check any word/reference anything online.

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Post by asmaahsan » 26 Jun 2018, 23:51

Thankyou so much for keeping this 5 year old post alive. 😊

Fairly recently, I found a hard cover copy of ‘Little Women’, the abridged version nestled lovingly in a book shelf in my friend’s living room.

Such a blast from the past!

I looked at it, then at her, and said,

“Even you?”


I guess we are all in the same boat.

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