To Eread or Paperback It – Minding The Gap

True irony. A hardback book on an Ereader.

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.

Signing off



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One thought on “To Eread or Paperback It – Minding The Gap

  1. I don’t buy a lot of secondhand books, but there are many that I would never have read if I hadn’t been able to buy them for an Euro or two. No way I’d shell out the price of an e-book.

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