Do you prefer an e-book to paperback and why?

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Re: Do you prefer an e-book to paperback and why?

Post by Artizi » 08 May 2019, 23:59

I prefer paperback! First of all, because you never run out of battery, and I also enjoy the feeling and smell of the paper from books rather than the feeling of the screen.

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Post by Oziafricana » 09 May 2019, 06:36

I prefer my Kindle. It is a first generation Kindle without an LCD screen and light. I hope to upgrade someday. However, it beats having to wait for weeks and months for books to arrive in my country from the West and there is a clear shipping cost advantage. The great thing too is that with my Kindle I can read my books on different devices with the app.

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Post by Alison Alissa » 12 May 2019, 11:12

I prefer e-books to paper books since they are portable thus a chance to a variety of them with possession of a smart phone.

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Post by Simplyy_ess » 13 May 2019, 19:49

To be completely honest I love the feel of a new paperback book. The way your fingers glide across the cover, and as you flip it open, you smell that fresh paper smell. Ahh, I get a rise out of it. But there is something about the convenience of an e-book. It is always at your fingertips and to tell the truth we are still on our phones anyway. Must say I have come to prefer an e-book over a paperback one. Late at night when I feel the urge to read a book but don't want to attack my eyes by turning the light on, I pick up my phone, adjust the brightness and open books and read my e-book. If I do happen to plan to head out for the day but do not want the hassle of having to carry a bag big enough to fit my book in, it is no worry because I have it on my phone. Easily accessible, how could you not enjoy the creation that is an e-book.

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Post by ifaizi84 » 13 May 2019, 22:53

I prefer ebook because I can’t save my home space by not having a book cabinet... 😁
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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 14 May 2019, 04:02

I've read a couple of e books and they've been fine, but with one or two others I've experienced problems with the text size, or the type of font used, which has made reading them a bit of a chore. Still think I prefer old fashioned paper!

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Post by RuhiAngel » 15 May 2019, 00:51

2. digital books Are More Portable Than Print Books. Print books, particularly hardbound versions, can be exceptionally substantial, while most present day eReader gadgets are intended to be lightweight. It is a lot simpler to convey an eReader containing a whole library of books on a plane or on the train than to bring a physical book or two.

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Post by TuyetMai » 17 May 2019, 12:49

Ebooks are great, but I prefer holding real books, and I'll chose them over ebooks any day. They're easier to flip through and don't give me headaches like e-books do after I've been reading too long.

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Post by Alison Alissa » 25 May 2019, 09:36

Ever since I joined the club,I find the experience of e-books very interesting.

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Post by beccabecky » 29 May 2019, 11:20

I might be a bit old fashioned but I really do prefer paperback and I doubt this fact will ever change!

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Post by Lady-of-Literature » 30 May 2019, 14:29

I read more e-books because I have instant access to them and I take pride in the fact that no trees were turned into paper for this, which I think is a big deal considering the major stress the Earth is under at the moment. However, I must admit there is an aesthetic appeal to holding an actual book, it's always great to hear the turn of a page and smell the ink. I'd go as far as to say that it is therapeutic.

I think I will have to say that paper is preferable, but e-books are better for instant satisfaction.

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Post by alma_jan » 24 Jun 2019, 10:23

I prefer e-books. It's all about the environment, saving trees, minimalism fashion, etc, etc... Of course, I'm also a big fan of local libraries, that is why whenever I go to take a book for a short period of time, I take paper book ;) because this one book goes from hands to hands and and serves a purpose. I cannot stand the situation when I read a book, e.g. romance, or adventure, or other story, and then it dies in my shelf. I usually donate those books to libraries. But there are few paper books in my home, those books that are not enough to read one time: cookbooks ;), philosophy, motivation, some memoirs, biographies... Those books that I'd like to open once per year and read a chapter or two for a self growth.

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Post by ErikaP13 » 24 Jun 2019, 17:22

I love a paperback/hardcover. I like the weight, the texture, the feeling of turning the page, and like you said) that paper smell. That being said, an e-reader is just more practical. It's lighter, easier to maneuver, and more versatile when it comes to fonts, word size, etc.
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Post by mariana90 » 25 Jun 2019, 19:23

I love them both!

I prefer my Nook when I'm in bed or doing something with my hands. I prefer the physical book any other time.

One advantage physical books have is that you can quickly go back and find a passage you're looking for, whereas with the Nook you can't access it easily enough. However, if you are reading a very long book, Nook is definitely a more manageable format.

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Post by MissPenelope3 » 28 Jun 2019, 12:44

When asked this question in the past, I was one to vote solely for paperback, due to its immediate access (not having to rely on or wait for an Internet connection) and just the exciting nature of having a physical copy. However, my answer has expanded since then and learned to love both types! E-book/E-readers make it very convenient to own an almost unlimited collection of books/novels/stories in a single library/device without having to continuously find room to store physical books. They also have helpful features such as highlighting, bookmarking, and instantly search the meaning of an unknown word. Paperbacks give me that "old-fashioned" sense of reading that digital devices do not. Paperbacks also lead to physical libraries and bookstores, which I believe, are still important to have in society. This is because I believe there are lessons reading/owning/using a physical book can teach that an e-reader fails to measure up to, especially in a world where almost everything revolves around technology. Great question! :)

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