The great bookworm debate.
It’s actually a good one, and one that’s hard for me to choose a side on.
I grew up reading physical books, as most of us did. Out of all the different books I’ve read during my (almost) 25 years, my best memory of reading physical books was waiting for the newest Harry Potter book to be released and actually holding those treasures in my hands.
Pros of Physical Books:
- If you spill something on it, it’s usually still readable.
- Marking a spot is easy with placing a sticky note/tab on the page.
- You can sell or donate a book if you no longer want it on your shelf.
- You can let your friends borrow your books.
- People will know you’re actually reading (who does that?).
- You can buy discounted/bargain/used books.
- Reading a real book relaxes you more than reading an e-book.
Cons of Physical Books:
- They’re heavy (which really stinks when traveling or moving).
- A store or library might not have the book you want available.
- They take up space in your home.
- The book can fall apart if damaged or just really old.
- You can’t read in the dark (without a book light).
Pros of Kindle/Nook Books:
- You can fit thousands of books onto the device and bring them anywhere.
- It’s easier to eat or do something else with your hands while reading.
- E-books tend to be cheaper than physical books.
- You can get an e-book the second it’s released (no more waiting outside in the cold!)
- People don’t know what you’re reading (which is really good for guilty pleasure books).
- You can adjust the text size (no need to buy large print books!)
- You can easily read in the dark (not that you should…)
Cons of Kindle/Nook Books:
- If the e-reader gets wet, you lose everything (unless you buy another e-reader).
- You can’t lend them out to anyone (or not very easily, at least).
- It’s not good for your eyes to be fixed on a screen for a long time.
- Reading on an e-reader isn’t as relaxing (the screen can actually make it harder to sleep).
- It’s not as easy to mark a spot that you want to go back to later.
So there are obvious pros and cons to both ways of reading – it really all comes down to personal preference.
While in most cases an e-reader is probably more practical, I have still found it more satisfying to read a physical book. I also find it easier to remain focused on a physical book than my Nook. So I guess when it comes down to it, I’m on the physical book side of this debate.
That said, nothing can replace that cozy feeling of curling up with a book and a hot cup of tea.