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Fourth Post in the 31 Day Book Giveaway: eBooks vs. Paper – What Do You Think?
January 4th, 2014

Congratulations to  Raonaid Luckwell, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Raonaid to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Today I’d like to talk about how you like to read. Do you prefer eBook or paperback?

Lots of people I know adore holding a book in their hands. They love the smell of the paper. They swear they will never read electronically.

I used to be one of these people. Even though I work with computers in my day job, I was suspicious of e-readers. Because I loved holding the book in my hands. I loved the smell of the paper. I swore I would never read electronically. (Sound familiar?) I have shelves and shelves of books in my house, dating back over twenty years. Old favorites. Duplicates of some that had started to fall apart because I’d re-read them so much. A TBR pile that never seems to get smaller. I was a paperback reader.

Then one year my family got me a Kindle for my birthday, and that was it. Suddenly I had all my books right in my hand in one convenient device. Going on vacation? You don’t have to pack a bag of books anymore. Just bring your e-reader fully loaded! Takes up less space, and you don’t have to guess about what you might want to read next because you have all your books with you. (Downside: You do have to turn it off at take-off and landing, which is not true of a paper book.) Is it two in the morning and you just finished a book in a series and need the next one right now? Click a button and it pops on your e-reader in seconds. For those who love convenience and instant gratification, e-readers are for you.

Not to mention eBooks are the only way to access some amazing indie authors. Love paranormal/fantasy? I found Cate Rowan in the electronic world, and she is fabulous!

I also like eBooks because it saves trees and takes up less space in my house. What about you? Are you an electronic reader, a diehard paper reader or a mix of both?

Anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing for a paperback book from my backlist!


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15 Responses to “Fourth Post in the 31 Day Book Giveaway: eBooks vs. Paper – What Do You Think?”

  1. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Paperback.

    Too much drama with ebooks. If I want to loan a book or two to a friend, I want that right. With the real book you don’t have to charge it or risk it running out of juice.

    • Debra Mullins says:

      Good point. But a lot of people are reading in digital. In the recent booksignings I’ve done, so many more people were checking out the book on their devices rather than buying the print copy that they could get signed. And at booksignings I’ve bought books I’m interested in on my phone while I’m sitting there with the author.

  2. Ki Pha says:

    I too prefer paperback but I read both formats.

    I just love looking at the covers on prints and the feel of holding a book. And I don’t need to plug it into an outlet to charge if the battery is going out. But ebooks are easier to travel with and can hold more books in one. Plus, some books: novellas and indie authors don’t publish in print.

    • Debra Mullins says:

      Sounds like you and I are on the same page, though I think I lean more towards ebooks these days. It allows me to be more spur-of-the-moment in what I feel like reading.

  3. Beth says:

    I like a good mix of both. ebooks take less space and are usually less expensive and for about 70% that I read the ebook comes out long before the print(if it ever does appear in print). But ebooks have one major failing. Power dependence. So I will never give up print books. And in fact I am very slowly working on getting my favorite authors/series in book ebook and print.

    • Debra Mullins says:

      Interesting. I work in computers in my day job, so I’m always in front of a computer, whether I’m at the day job or home writing. And I always have my smart phone with me. It has a Kindle app, so I don’t worry too much about being without power or a way to read my books. I also have a Kindle. 🙂 However, for my non-fiction reading, I prefer paper. Maybe because it takes me so much longer to get through and I may have to go back and read sections again, which is easier in a print book.

  4. Gail says:

    Mix of both now. I still love having a real book in my hand but like you, My iPod comes in real handy for reading wherever without having the bulk. I’m also running out of space to keep all the books I already own!

  5. Wilma Gillespie says:

    I prefer the book itself because I can lay down in bed and snuggle and read or on the go like a road trip or waiting on appointments. I do however have Kindle PC as well and download books onto my computer but after awhile it gets a bit much from sitting on the computer chair after reading for hours. 🙂

    • Debra Mullins says:

      That’s why I am ok with the Kindle device, Wilma, or the Kindle app on my phone. If I find myself waiting somewhere unexpectedly (doctor’s appt or waiting for a kid), I can pull up a book and start reading. 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    I read both, but actually prefer my kindle. I’ve had a kindle since gen 2, so a while. the reasons i prefer it…
    1 – i can make the print bigger. My eyes are going though “transition” so even with glasses for reading and a second pair for seeing far away, making the print bigger makes it easier to read
    2 – i can get more books for less $$. I’ve discovered some great authors and book series, and a lot of the books i buy are under $5.00, which really helps my pocketbook. (sorry to any authors out there)
    3 – i also belong to the mira book club, and currently have TONS of paperback books that are filling my spare room, and taking up space. While I do love the paper, I’m not sure what do do with all these books. Since I have over 1000 titles on my kindle (95% of which I have read, the rest are waiting to be read), I can only imagine what the room would look like with all those physical books!

    • Debra Mullins says:

      That was a point I thought about after I wrote the blog post, Lisa. I, too, am at the age where I suddenly need reading glasses. I wear contacts for distance (which have also gotten stronger, unfortunately), but now suddenly I need a pair of reading glasses from the pharmacy to read things I used to be able to see even with my contacts. (I thought the whole purpose of contacts was to get rid of glasses???) Anyway, being of a certain generation, I remember when you could walk into a bookstore with $20 and walk out with 4 books, maybe 5 if some of them were category romances. Now $20 will get you 2 1/2 paperbacks. eBooks return us to that pricepoint where $20 will again get you 4-5 books and maybe more if some of them are in the $.99 to $2.99 range. As a reader, I really appreciate getting more bang for my buck! (And not having to move out to allow space for my books. )

  7. I love both! When I’ve been doing way too much work on the computer and my wrists and hands hurt, I am sooo grateful for my Kindle. I prop it up on a pillow and read until my eyes hurt. Haha! But I love the feel of a really good book, too. For nonfiction, I far prefer paper books because I love to mark things up and put my fingers in one spot and compare to what’s in another spot. I’m very, very happy to have both an ereader and paper books! 🙂

    • Debra Mullins says:

      In an earlier comment, I said the same thing, Kitty! I prefer paper for nonfiction because I can underline or put sticky notes on pages where my info is located. Pictures and tables also sometimes translate strangely in Kindle format but not in paper.


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