First, let me point out, eBooks are real books. You might not agree—but you’re wrong. Sorry. Which one you prefer reading, however, is up to you. So let me revise my title to: eBooks or Paper Books?
It’s a hot topic. It’s been covered so much lately, I probably shouldn’t waste a blog on it. But I need to talk about it. Reading is such a large part of my life. I can’t sleep unless I read before bed. So, what’s my opinion? Well, I am the proud owner of an iPad. (First generation, thank you.)
Reading-wise, the best thing about an iPad verses, say. . . a Kindle is that I can have a Kindle app on my iPad. In fact, I do have the Kindle app. Plus, I have an iBook, Nook, Bookman and Stanza app. (I also have a Borders… soon to be deleted).
Needless to say, when my lovely family presented me with an iPad last Christmas, I was thrilled. I immediately downloaded a book and began reading. Ironically, I downloaded it on my Kindle app. Outlanders by Diana Gabaldon.
First eBook Experience
On The Down Side
- Reading on the iPad after working on the computer all day hurt my eyes. Not good!
- I found Outlanders good, but not great. What’s that got to do with eBooks vs. Paper books? In Paper Book format, if I’m getting frustrated with a book, I have a physical sense of how much more reading I’ll have to do to get through it. This gives me a sense of whether I want to hang in or not. In eBook format, I have no concrete idea how much longer the darn book is. Even if I make the font exactly the same size as a Paper Book, I still can’t physically judge how much longer it is. I think it makes the book seem longer.
- This comment is specific to the iPad: It is soooooo easy to get distracted on an iPad.
On The Up Side
- I loved being able to touch a word and get a definition.
- I found the iPad comfortable to hold.
- It also fit nicely in my purse.
Given those comments, you’d think I’d be a total Paper Book person. Well, that was 10 months ago. This is now.
eBook Experience 10 Months Later….
On The Up Side
- Bought a non-glare cover for my screen. Eyestrain is no longer a problem.
- Having a self-lit book is awesome. Especially nice when traveling. Hotels don’t have nice reading lights like our bedroom, but with my eBook I can turn off all the lights, let my hubby go to sleep, and still read my book.
- Paper books feel so heavy and cumbersome now.
- I just finished reading The Last Werewolf in hardback. It had soooo many words I needed to look up. I glossed right over them. If I can’t tap on a word and get a definition—forget it.
- Highlighting! Sure I can highlight favorite passages in a Paper Book—but can I find them again? My eBook indexes my highlighted passages for easy reference later.
- I can do a search for words in my eBook.
On The Down Side
1. It is still soooooo easy to get distracted on an iPad.
See—I’m getting better!
How ‘bout it. What’s your opinion? eBook or Paper Book? I still like them both… but I’m leaning toward eBooks.
- Proof eBooks Are Not Just A Fad (diamondpublicationz.wordpress.com)
- eBook Giveaways on Goodreads (alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com)
- eBook reader roundup (cbsnews.com)