I liked The Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Minding the Gap about using an eReader or actual book. After taking the poll, I found that I am clearly not in the minority when it comes to still enjoying a good old-fashioned paperback book.
I don’t buy a lot of books, and the main ones I do tend to be hardbacks that will stay on my shelf for years to come. I rarely get rid of books except the trashy (and trashy is a loose translation) romances I indulge in occasionally. I love holding a real book and for the most part I always want to keep it that way.
I think a Kindle or Nook, cause the Nook is way cuter, would be super handy for all those paperback books I do want to read. I wish I didn’t have that shelf of all the romances and excess ridiculous books. I would love to have the eReader for all the Shakespeare I want to own, or the poetry of poets I don’t really care if I own a copy. Is that sad? Possibly.
The downside though to the whole eReader thing, at least for me, is the cost. If I can go to my library book sales and spend ten bucks on a bagful of romance and Et cetera, why would I want to spend almost ten dollars on every paperback I read? The cost would be phenomenal and not something I could do. Sure it would free up a lot of space. And by a lot, I mean A LOT. I have this one whole cupboard devoted to the paperbacks. And this is a house that does not have a lot of room, so any cupboard space is dearly needed.
If someone were to pass of a Kindle to me today, I wouldn’t turn it down. And the $79, it’s not a bad price. But, again, I would have to buy the books. And trust me, I’ve read some of the free books, and most are not worth downloading. There are many others I would rather read than wasting my time on the really trashy books. My apologies to anyone who has a book in the free section for a time being and the book is actually good.
Does this solve the debate? Not in the least. I will probably always want a book in hand. Heck, here is my issue with virtual versus physical. I need a glycemic index of foods and I can read it online, but I would much rather have a stack of pages that had the items listed. I like things in hand.
- eReaders or Hardcopies? How about Both? (youngemtblog.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap (thelissachronicles.wordpress.com)
- DP Challenge: Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap (EBook or Hard Copy?) (layedbacklife.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap (ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com)
- Old School Paperback or Ereader? (ruthrobertsromance.wordpress.com)