To E-Read or Buy the Real Deal

It seems there is quite the battle between those who have given up their paper books for electronic readers, and those who refuse to use one. I have to admit that last year I got Barnes & Noble’s latest HD electronic reader, and have read some stories on it. I have people that ask me to review their books, and in some instances this is the only way I can access their stories.

I also said I would never own one. Because I could never give up my paper books. This is still the case. I have not even turned it on in at least 3 months. My excuse for getting it was I wanted to use it for my magazine subscriptions since I do not like throwing away magazines after I read them. I do get some subscriptions sent to my reader, but, as I haven’t used it in months, I am proving to myself that I just do not care for it all that much.

With that being said, I have crossword apps on it, and I love doing crossword puzzles. I have used it for that more than anything. But alas, I am too busy with other things to even have time for that.

I do not believe that the electronic reader will ever replace “real” books, and I would be devastated if that ever happened. But with so many authors finding it easier to publish, or self-publish this way, the brick-and-mortar publishing companies are possibly seeing a decline in manuscripts being sent to them.

Another reason I prefer real books? The fact that in most of the cases, that person writing that book had to endure the lengthy process of finding a publisher to accept their book, print it, and market it. Although I have never tried, I think it is safe to say this is no easy task. That doesn’t mean you still cannot come across a real book that does not completely suck, but the chances of you seeing spelling, grammatical, and story line errors are no where near as likely to happen.

I have read some pretty terrible things from self publishers. And I have also read the most amazing stories from self publishers.

How do you feel about the electronic reader?

8 thoughts on “To E-Read or Buy the Real Deal

  1. TyCobbsTeeth October 11, 2014 / 11:12 am

    You bring up a very interesting point. I read both and still prefer hard copy, but I was accustomed to hard copy before I tried an e-reader. I’m very curious to know what new readers prefer –people who started using both around the same time.
    Thanks for your post Angela. Great blog.

    • Kat October 11, 2014 / 9:06 pm

      I’d love to find out in 10-15 years what kids who grew up on e-readers think about this.

  2. Kim Ashby October 11, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    Thanks for liking my post. I’m enjoying reading your blog, as I, too, am a book lover.

  3. Sharron October 11, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Good post and I see you put a lot of thought into it. I personally love the real thing, however I travel a lot and space is a premium now when traveling, so I use my I-pad for reading my Kindle books. As for hardcovers, I have run out of room at home, so I recycle the books to others when I am done. (Unless of course it turns out to be one of my favorites.)

    Thanks for following me and commenting on my website.
    Sharron Grodzinsky

  4. starlightandstory October 11, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    Great post! I use both. Real books are always my preference but the choice to move to ebooks was driven by practical concerns – they’re almost always cheaper and I have limited storage space for bookshelves in my apartment. Like you said though, quality can be dubious when buying online! 🙂

  5. Kat October 11, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    I, too, would be devastated if e-books ever replaced the real ones. I own an e-reader and like the app on the my phone for convenience or travel but nothing beats the feel of real pages between my fingers.

  6. sharonw05 October 11, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    I love to read, too! I have the kindle app on my tablet, but I have only read one book using it. It was very strange! I just love the “feel” of paper books! Also, I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a textbook online!
    I do think that an e-reader is the way to go when traveling, tho!

  7. A Writing Guide October 14, 2014 / 11:34 am

    I own an E-Reader and I love it. I also have a home library (recently broke 1000 books :), go me). If I like a book, assuming it’s not a self-published work, I buy a physical copy.

    I probably wouldn’t own one if I didn’t travel a lot but I do and it’d be unreasonable to pack a few dozen books every time I leave for any extended time. That’s where, I feel, the E-Readers have merit. Most of the books I own a hard copy of I have on my E-Reaeder so that I can re-read them whenever I’m out and about in the world.

    As for replacing books I seriously doubt it. I don’t believe people will ever truly stop loving physical books enough to let that happen. Besides, the smell of books is one of the most fragrant scents I know. If only they made library scented candles or maybe some sort of car freshener.

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