Hardcover or E-Reader? Which One Are You?

March 23, 2011 by  
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For the last few days I’ve been visiting classrooms speaking with students about a contest on my social network for reading. It’s a contest to win a free E-Reader. Talking about the Kindle has got me thinking a lot about it and so I’ve decided to share my thoughts on it with you.

I never thought that I could be disloyal to physical books. As recently as two and a half years ago, I stood in the hallway of my school building with a colleague and fervently debated the benefits of physical books and swore that I would never become an “E-reader”. Little did I know how easily I would be swayed. Almost two months after the discussion where I pledged my allegiance to hardcover or soft-cover books for life, I received a Kindle as a gift. Since then, my life as a reader has been forever transformed!

I love reading on my Kindle! I didn’t think I would because I generally don’t enjoy reading for long periods on my computer. However, the experience is completely different from reading at the computer screen or on my Iphone. The screen is really easy to look at for long periods of time without the strain you get from staring at the computer, Iphone or and Ipad for an extended duration.

The fact that I can have several books available to me at any given time and can order any number of books and have them “arrive” in less than 30 seconds doesn’t hurt either. I have over 300 books on my Kindle, in addition to my PDF files and audiobooks (which I never thought I’d enjoy either–you’ve got to listen to the audio-book version of The Help. It’s amazing!) and I now can’t imagine my life without one.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the feel of a book–the pages, the spine and that new book smell–and being in curled up in bed with a good one, but I have gotten used to the feel of my e-reader–the pearl ink display, the little page forward and back buttons, and the cute mini-keyboard that let’s me purchase a book instantaneously. I also love the ability to highlight certain phrases and passages and then print them out on one page at a later date. Although it’s not the same as being able to write in the book (something I love to do) I do really like the Kindle notes feature!

I must admit that I still prefer to read a physical book when it comes to fiction novels. I don’t know why, but it is a different experience for me, but everything else is perfectly fine on my E-reader.

What’s your opinion? Physical book or E-reader? Let me know…


10 Responses to “Hardcover or E-Reader? Which One Are You?”
  1. Amrita says:

    Hey! I’m still a bit skeptical on ereaders, but I do trust your opinion. How’s the battery life on your kindle? That would be my only worry, I would hate to be on a train/bus and have it die!

  2. Joan says:

    Wow! Now I want a Kindle. I never did mind reading books via the computer especially when it’s a good read. So I’m all for the Kindle! But I am also a firm believer in hard copies and I don’t think anything can replace a book. However when you consider all the space that is saved from not having to store books in a room thats crowded as it is then a Kindle sounds really good right about now.

  3. It’s really good on battery. I read for about an hour every night on one charge. You can conserve the battery even longer by turning off the wifi–which you really don’t need to have turned on anyhow.

    I’ve had mine for almost 3 years and I already have over 300 books on it! I can’t imagine having them in my house (already packed with books everywhere).

    There are still some books that I purchase hard cover because I just want to have the physical book on my shelf, but aside from that, I’m loving my Kindle. I will love it even more though when they find a way to include page numbers (right now there aren’t any so you can never refer to a specific page when someone who has the physical copy does–this can be annoying in book club)

    I am going to get a Nook soon. When I do, I’ll let you know which one I prefer.

  4. Joan says:

    Aww no page numbers??? lol. Hmm I wonder if they have any of my textbooks available on e-reader. Does it allow you to highlight?

    • Yes! You can highlight and the best thing about that is that when you do you can print out a page of everything that you underlined so that all of your notes or whatever you thought was important to highlight is now compiled on one page. Its like having all the important quotes or phrases from an entire book on one or two pages. I love that.

  5. eReaders are great. I love using my nookColor because it has restored the joy of reading to me. My poor eyesight has made it difficult for me to enjoy reading as I used to but now I have picked up reading again since I have the ability to adjust the font size on my reader which of course can’t be done with a book.

    The extra features provided on these ereaders are also a plus for those of us who multi task.

  6. keesha says:

    I too love the look, feel and smell of a new book. I like turning the pages and writing in the margins. But! I have also succumbed to the call of the e-reader. I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet because I wanted a device that could do more than just be an e-reader. I’ve had it for about a month and I love it, but there’s still room in my life for real books too.

    • I think part of the e-reader attraction for me is that the actual room in my life for physical books is getting smaller as it is overrun with the books I have now.

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    • I think part of the e-reader attraction for me is that the actual “room”
      in my life for physical books is getting smaller as it is overrun with
      the books I have now. I have over 2oo books on my Kindle. I can’t imagine having those books somewhere in the house. It definitely does help to not have to worry about that.