As I mentioned in my post for The Versatile Blogger Award, I’ve only just recently started to buy and read physical books. I’ve realized that there are definite benefits to both, so I thought I’d list out a few benefits of reading an E-Book, such as on a Kindle, and reading a physical book.
- It’s easier to buy the books – books are bought online and they are delivered instantly.
- An E-Reader is more convenient to carry around to classes and for traveling.
- E-Book copies are less expensive than physical books, sometimes drastically so.
- Bookmarking and highlighting pages are hassle-free.
- I’m able to bring several books with me on-the-go.
Physical Book Benefits:
- The smell and feel of a newly printed (or even used) book is irreplaceable.
- I get to display it on my bookshelf.
- It has more of a sentimental value to it.
- Physical books are easier to borrow from and lend to friends.
- I have to decide between buying the hardback or paperback version – There are pros and cons to choosing between these too.
Ultimately, I would prefer reading the physical copy of a book than on a Kindle. However, the Kindle provides so many convenient benefits, that I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading on it. For instance, I know that I’ll be carrying around my Kindle when I go on business trips and vacations in the future. The Kindle never truly replaces the physical book for me though, so I’ll try to buy a physical copy of a book, especially if I know I’m not traveling anytime soon, or if I know I want to re-read a certain book for a while.
If you don’t have an E-Reader, I would definitely recommend getting one, even if it’s just a free app for your computer or mobile device! It’s allowed me to read so many more books than if I only stuck to buying physical copies of the book, and it really can be much more convenient.
What do you think about reading an E-Book vs. reading a physical copy of a book?