It’s beginning to be an age old debate at this point. Our technology is changing so fast, that things of the past, could actually be “things of the past”. There has certainly been talk that in the future, that all books will be replaced by electronic versions. How d you feel about that?
I’m a paperback kinda girl. I love having a paperback in my hand, they are small enough to stuff in my purse and I can take them anywhere, including to the beach.
Would I want to take my Kindle or my smart phone to the beach so I could read a book? Not so much. Does that mean I don’t utilize the electronic book phenomenon? Nope. I have a few ebooks I have downloaded and read on my kindle app. But honestly, it doesn’t have the same feel.
I didn’t like not knowing how far into the book I was, or how much I had left. I had to go through a few steps to locate that info, and with a book in my hand, all it takes is a glance.
Most of the paperback books on my shelves look loved. They look read. Mostly this is because I enjoy sharing my copies with my friends or suggesting they read something they might not have otherwise picked up. I can’t really do that with ebooks. I can’t share my copy. In fact, recently I read a great YA novel on my smartphone and my daughter wanted to read it too. There were never any copies on the shelves at the library, so she was stuck with my smartphone which was annoying to me, to say the least.
However, with that said, I can say that ebooks are more cost effective. I guess. In the long run, you could have dozens of ebooks for the cost of a couple of hardbacks. However, you still have to purchase the device to read them on. So what happens when it malfunctions, or breaks? Many sites that sell ebooks allow you a one time download. So if your device breaks or malfunctions (yep… I had it happen) – then you’re out the money you spent on the book and if you are in the middle of reading it, well… guess you better hope the library has a copy.
So what do you think? What are your thoughts on this whole debate?