18 December 2014

E-Reader vs Book

E-reader vs Book
Besides my interest in the world of beauty and fashion I have always had a huge interest and passion for reading. Even before the likes of Harry Potter I was quite the book worm whereby by the age of eleven I had read quite a lot already. To this day I still remember climbing onto the top bunk, wrapping myself up in my duvet and escaping into another world. My bookshelf as a child was crammed full and I found this continuing into my early twenties. Over the last few years I've had to be a little more ruthless with my collection as it was incredibly out of hand; this has led to countless trips to the charity shop over the last few years whereby now I have everything comfortably on two shelves (although there is a box full under my bed, shhhh).

Working in a book store for what seems like a lifetime and being such an avid reader myself I naturally have a huge soft spot for a physical book. Therefore when the e-reader started to take the market by storm I felt as though my enjoyment of reading was being attacked, I didn't like it! For the longest time I was dead set against e-readers, I simply tuned out and wouldn't want to hear about them as they quite literally went against everything I believed in. That was until I had to start selling them at work, imagine the sheer horror when I saw the e-reader stand being installed and I had to learn how to use them and more importantly act enthusiastic about them. 

Fast forward a few years or so I have definitely developed quite a difference stance on them, not least because I now own one of my own. Mine was actually a leaving present when I left work after I moved back home from university however I can safely say that I would have purchased one eventually. My two main reasons for using an e-reader are quite simply because firstly they help to save a lot of space, particularly when you have limited storage like me. I'm forever sacrificing one book on my bookshelf for another however with an e-reader I don't have to do this. Whilst it's sad to not have a physical copy I do have to weigh up the possibility that I may never read that particular book again therefore I really don't need it sitting on my book shelf gathering dust. The second reason is that when new books are released they tend to be in hardback which is a format I never buy; for me they are too heavy and too big for reading in bed which means I have to wait a while until a paperback version is released. Luckily with an e-reader I don't have to wait at all which is fantastic if it is a new release that I have being looking forward to reading.

There are of course a few downsides to an e-reader of which one I have already alluded to. The lack of a physical book can make me a bit sad at times as it's always nice to have the real physical thing, especially if the cover art work is nice as e-readers, not tablets (as far as I know) are not in colour so I do miss out on that aspect of a book. Of course you have to also ensure that your e-reader is charged up, if it isn't you won't be reading anything until it is.

Overall there are a few pros and cons in regards to e-readers whereby in my opinion it all simply boils down to personal preference and what you are most comfortable with; see my list below.

Pros of an e-reader -Portable, lightweight, saves storage space (big issue for me), cheaper books (at times), accessibility to thousands of books at your fingertips, ability to change font size, personalisation as there are a lot of different covers out there now, some e-readers are also tablets so they have more than one function.

Cons of an e-reader - Initially expensive, computer based therefore there is perhaps a fear of losing your purchases, lack of personality (no creased spine, no traditional book scent) , an internet connection is required to purchase online which not everybody has access to, a technological stigma which I would argue has been removed somewhat.

Generally for me it all still boils down to what book it is and the price at the time. For instance I would have never purchased Harry Potter for my e-reader because I love it too much and therefore need a physical copy. Furthermore if it is a new author that I just want to try out I'd be more inclined to buy an e-book instead. 

What do you think of e-readers, are you a fan or do you still prefer a traditional book?

              

              
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  1. I tend to buy more non-fiction business type books for my ipad, all my fiction books are hard copies just because I LOVE book covers haha

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  2. I am always being told I should buy a Kindle but I just love having a real book and although I have to sacrifice a book like you used too, I just love having books. Love carrying them around. Great post xx

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  3. I have to agree, there's nothing better than reading a physical book! Although e-readers save a lot of space and you don't have to sacrifice books!

    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  4. I think there is a balance to be struck between the two, as much as I hate to admit it! E-readers are so much more handy for travel, or when you're going to be away for a long period of time. However, there really is nothing like sitting there and turning the pages.

    I've been thinking a lot about e-readers since I might be studying abroad next year, and the thought of buying one kind of scares me but is necessary or I won't be able to read!

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  5. When e readers started becoming a thing I was always opposed to them, however we bought my dad one, one year for christmas and I liked it. So I tend to read both physical copies and ebooks nowadays, usually when the book is cheaper to buy than the ebook then I'll buy the physical copy and vice versa :)


    katevoneff.blogspot.co.uk x

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  6. I think e-readers are a great idea as they are convenient and space-saving, but nothing can beat a physical book! :) xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk

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  7. I love my e-reader and I think it's amazing being able to download a book in an instance, even though the actual gadget is pricey at first you do save a lot buying the ebook version rather then the actual book. But I do understand where you are coming from, it's sad not having the actual book, the paper with its many pages and gorgeous cover in your hands. I guess we are becoming such a technology focused society that it is much more practical to use an ebook reader! x

    Beauty with charm

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  8. I love my Kindle as it's just so much more convenient to use! I also like the fact you have access to books instantly and that it saves on paper! xo

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  9. I completely understand what you're saying, I was a bit wary of Kindles at first but I couldn't live without mine now! I buy most books on my Kindle but I could never not have a collection of paperbacks, nothing beats holding an actual book in your hands :) xx

    Toasty

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  10. I'm still so old school and just love a book. I can't seem to warm to Kindles, even though I really should as my house is slowly resembling a library!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  11. You've got a couple of things wrong about the Kindle...which could be misleading. Firstly, all Amazon purchases are held in your archives in your Amazon account and you can download at any time. They are also in the 'cloud'. I'm on my seventh Kindle, so I can guarantee that your purchases are safe. You can also back up your Kindle library from your Kindle. And you don't need wi-fi if you purchase the 3G version of the Kindle. Which pretty much nullifies your cons. I'm a very avid reader like yourself and I have over 2,500 books in my e-collection. I'd find that hard to house, physically. However, I do absolutely understand that some books have to be DTBs. Some are special, some you just want on your book shelf, some have particular memories. I've paid for very few of my 2,500 books. If you subscribe to the right sites, you can be notified daily of books that are free to download in all genres, depending, of course, how willing you are to try out new authors.

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  12. Hi Cathy, thank you for your comment. Whilst I can see your point very clearly in regards to the archives I didn't state actually state that you could loose your purchases, I merely pointed out that people have a fear of this. Working and selling these products to people for the last three years I encountered a lot of concern from customers that they could loose their purchases. In regards to the wifi factor I wasn't aware of the 3G Kindle in all honesty, I'll make a correction to that point later on tonight. However I do stand by my point as for instance on my Kobo there is no 3G therefore if I did want to buy a book I would have to connect to a wifi connection somewhere.


    This wasn't a post particularly targeting Kindles, in fact I do think that my post came out relatively balanced in regards to both E-readers and physical books.

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  13. You've basically summed up all the reasons why I wasn't keen on e-readers when they first came out. Nothing beats the feel of a real book, but when it comes to storage space e-readers are sooo much more convenient.


    I was lucky enough to win a Kindle in a competition over the summer and it was a lifesaver when I went to America last month! Normally when I go on holiday half my suitcase is taken over by books but this time I had so much more space. While I won't be giving up on physical books, I'm definitely a Kindle convert. xx

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  14. Interesting read! I've got so much love for the physical book that I'm sure an e-reader could never truly replace that. So far I haven't tried out the e-reader, but I know a few people that have them and love them, so who knows, someday I might try it out. I think a combination of both sounds pretty good.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  15. Hi Amy, yes indeed you did. I wasn't getting at you, sorry if it came over that way, but it was worth pointing out that there is a 3G Kindle if it helps allay any concerns. One thing that I have encountered is that many people either don't realise or simply forget that the Kindle does come with a very good user manual loaded on it. (Obvious, I know, but so many readers don't refer to it...we're all guilty of being lazy as far user manuals are concerned, hence the famous RTFM phrase!) The manual is very user-friendly and explains everything. The Kindle is capable of more than one thinks, in fact! I don't go anywhere without my Kindle, it's almost surgically attached, but there will be a place for DTBs for a very long time yet. I personally like to see recipes in colour and some of the smaller children's books just don't lend themselves to a Kindle's colour limitations. (I know there's a colour Kindle, but it's a tablet, not an ereader as we think of them). Black and white is great...up to a point. Friends of mine also prefer to flick back through physical pages if they wish to remind themselves of something. Harder to do on a Kindle. Another thing which I don't think many people are aware of, is if you highlight anything on a Kindle (which I do a great deal of), if it's an Amazon purchase, your highlights are all stored in your Archive account.

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  16. So interesting to read for the longest time I was anti e-reader I just love the smell/feel of a book (is that odd) plus I'm kind of old school I love visiting book shops and spending time browsing the shelfs for a new read great way of discovering new authors...but I also always see a ton of e-books reduced plus an e-reader as you say would be great for travel I'm still undecided on this do think I'll probably end up buying one in the new year. I'm undecided wether to buy a Kindle, Nook or Kobo xx

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  17. I'm pretty much the same Katie, it tends to boil down to price and how much I really want it in physical form x

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  18. They save SO much space but I do agree, there is nothing like a physical book x

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  19. I agree, they can be so easy to use and the instant access to books online makes them really tempting. In my opinion you will never beat a physical book however I love my e-reader and happily use it to read a number of reads that I know I'd never really read again therefore have no reason to have it sitting on my shelf x

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  20. I agree Megan! I've been tempted by a Kindle but have a Kobo at the moment, I think I could switch over as I haven't purchased too many books as of yet. I don't know which one works out as the best x

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  21. I completely agree Beth, they are so handy but it's nice to know that you have a paperback to read when you want to as well :) x

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  22. haha I think once you get to try one and have read a book on there you do realise that they are not so bad, it's just getting used to them I think x

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  23. It's OK Cathy, don't worry. The lack of colour is a little frustrating, I know generally speaking there is no colour within a book other than a that found on the front cover, yet it's still a detail that I miss overall. The highlight feature if I'm honest is something I would make no use out of but it's nice to know it's there for those that would. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

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  24. Oh wow lucky you! They are really handy for travelling, that's a huge selling factor for them :) x

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  25. No you are right there they do not replace a physical book, they are quite different however it's a nice difference and one I do enjoy x

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  26. To be honest my Kobo has been awesome however I think the main contender for top spot is still very much the Kindle. I'd do your research and see what seems the best, there seems to be new ones coming out all of the time x

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  27. danniella josephine28 December 2014 at 15:24

    I was anti e-reader too until I got an iPad and came across iBooks/Kindle. They will never replace a book for me, but sometimes it's cheaper to buy it digitally and like you said, it saves a lot on space! I bought Perks of Being a Wallflower on iBooks originally and I loved it so much I bought it in paperback :) I prefer reading small stories on my iPad though - there is no way I could read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series on it - I'd have no eyes left!

    Dannie x

    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  28. The space saving factor is a huge benefit to me, I'm so limited with the room that I have. Yes the length of a book is also a deciding factor for me, I couldn't imagine reading the George Martin series on my Kobo haha! x

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  29. I love this post! I just started a fashion blog, but I also have a book blog I've been running for a year! I think that e-readers are very useful (Especially after I got banned from bringing books on holiday because of the year I had to leave 3 behind..) and as a book blogger, many of the books I get sent for review are e-copies. I do think that nothing can beat the feel, smell and look of a physical book though. ;) I love your list of pros and cons- it's very useful!


    Rita xx
    number394.blogspot.co.uk
    weavingpages.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. I had the exact same thoughts as you when the e-reader came out. I didn't want anything to do with it, now I read on my ipad, mainly fiction. Its just so much easier to carry round. But I still invest in coffee table books or books I know ill read again. I don't think ill ever totally convert to e-books, I love the smell and the physicality of them far too much. New book smell has to be one of my favourite smells.

    I love your blog by the way, I've just come across it over the last few days. Its so beautiful!

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