Do you read ebooks or paper?

We were talking to a friend the other day who doesn’t read ebooks.

He got quite heated in defence of paper. He seemed to think it was an either / or question. Which it isn’t.

We read ebooks and we read paper books.

However, here are some good reasons to include ebooks in your options if you don’t read them already.

You can read a free sample of any book you’re interested in before you commit to paying for it or investing your time in it. The sample is a lot longer than the number of pages you would probably be able to read for free in a book shop. Although, of course, if you’ve still got access to a public library you can read the whole book for free. That’s assuming the library has the title you’re interested in on their shelves.

With an ebook you can make the font size bigger so you won’t need reading glasses any more.

An ereader is light and easy to carry around. It will hold hundreds of books and is fantastic when you go away visiting or on holiday as there are no restrictions on the amount of books you can take with you.

The battery on my Kindle lasts for about fifteen hours if you turn off the wifi and it’s easy to re-charge quickly.

There’s an integral dictionary in the Kindle which is easy to use and very convenient.

One of the great thing about ebooks is that new ones are always available.

Not only can you download them from your favourite ebook retailer at all hours of day and night and on every day of the year but you don’t have to wait for a re-print of a runaway bestseller either.

One night we watched the third episode of BBC4’s Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities written and presented by the uber-cool, stunningly articulate Dr. James Fox. The final city to be explored was New York in 1951: Marlon Brando, Jackson Pollock, Thelonious Monk and Jack Kerouac featuring prominently in the programme which ended at 10pm. We were talking about the programme for about half an hour before acknowledging that neither of us had read Kerouac’s apparent masterpiece On the Road. A couple of clicks later we were being mesmerised by the opening sentences and an Amazon One-Click after that and we were both in possession of the book. And were well on the way to putting right a great omission in our joint literary education.

If you don’t want to buy a Kindle or other ereader, you can get a free Kindle app for your iPad, phone, laptop or whichever device you have. There are more details about this in You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books on my Cabbage and Semolina Blog with some great quotes about ebooks.

Whether you read ebooks, paper books or both you might be interested in some of the facts in Do you still read fiction?

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4 thoughts on “Do you read ebooks or paper?

  1. Interstingly, coz I self publish in both formtas, I prefer books. I think I find I read ebooks differntly …there are so many things telling you where you are, how many pages left…so I feel I am competing in some way. Plus, having arthritic fingers, I can scroll through too many pages at once. I like a book, coz you can make notes in the margins and highlight good bits. Mind, I’m 67, so maybe that’s why. I’ll read ebooks written by people who’ve asked me to review them, but I never feel as if I’ve connected…

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    1. I use the early Kindle which is very light and has a clicker on the side to turn the page – much better than scrolling. I got my 85 year old aunt onto a Kindle and once she got the hang of it, she liked it alot because of increasing the font size. Thanks for reading my blog and hope you’ve had a good day. 🙂


  2. On The Road; wonderful story! Thanks for the info about the Kindle app too; I had no idea such a thing existed. As you can tell, I have not had much experience with the e-book format, and so far have stuck to the paper form. Perhaps I will get thoroughly modern and give the e-book method a try!

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