I bet you're all wondering which side I'm on, right? (Well, the least ya'll can do is entertain me and pretend to wonder)
The truth is, I'm on the side of both. I have both; I have piles and mountains of physical books, and I also own a nice Nook with a lot of books on it. Basically, I think it's silly when people put down one over the other, and I find it particularly silly when people on the side of physical books do whatever it takes to try to prove the superiority of their team by talking about the smell of books, the feel of books, turning the pages, etc.
Let's just look at the big picture, here: when we read, we read for the words.
End of story. (Sorry about the pun)
When we read a book, the story that the author crafted is what takes us from reality into a world that's much more emotionally compromising. Words do that. So let's just agree that it doesn't matter if people are reading on a physical book or an e-reader, and instead let's be happy that people are actually reading, shall we?
So that's my little rant. There are advantages to both, too, so:
- Fewer headaches. Honestly, this is the biggest thing. Spending all day on a computer writing or working on homework, then switching to an e-book can sometimes simply be too much for my eyes. I already get computer headaches, noise headaches, and pressure headaches; the last thing I want is a reading headache. That would be depressing.
- The feeling of accomplishment when you have a really thick book in your hands and you finished the whole thing (example: I read Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME in two days; that book is over 1,000 pages long and was bigger than my head). You should have seen the looks people at my work gave me when they walked by my office and saw my head buried in that thing. And it's not for the reason that I should have been doing actual work. Because I was (promise!).
- Being able to see what other people are reading without being creepy. Because it's weird to lean over a stranger's shoulder and ask, "Whatcha reading?" Really, try it sometime. Some people might see it as harmless, but in today's world they'll give you a strange look, scream, slap you, and/or call the cops. Okay, maybe none of the above, but it's kind of frowned upon to be that invasive in a stranger's life.
- The books tend to be cheaper. There, I said it. And this isn't an always. However, you can normally find brand-new books for between ten and fifteen dollars, versus between eighteen and twenty-five. Many books go on sale for promotions, so you can get them for five or even two dollars. And this is all just books for the Nook through the Barnes and Noble store. Amazon has hundreds of thousands of books for free or only a dollar, and their commercial fiction tends to be priced around the same as B&N. So, there: cheaper books.
- They take up less space. Yes, I absolutely love seeing a stack of books. I love seeing all of their spines and colors and the author's name. A bookshelf is the only decoration I need in life. However, and particularly since I'm currently living an apartment roughly the size of my bedroom back home (okay, maybe two bedrooms), there simply isn't enough space. So the fact that I've got 60+ books on my Nook (probably more; actually...yeah, there's most definitely more) makes my life a whole lot easier. Plus, in case ya'll haven't noticed: when you put a lot of them together, books are heavy. I can say (from experience) that hauling bags of read books back to my house every time I go on vacation is kind of tiresome (regardless of the awesome weight-lifting workout it gives me).
- To get a new book, I don't have to put on pants. All you need is a credit card and a WiFi connection to download a new book. Seriously. It makes my life a heck of a lot easier, especially if I need the next book in a series (assuming it's already out) like, right when I finish the previous one.
So, really. That's my rant on why they're equal, plus what I think are the advantages of each one (put in a personal context. What are your thoughts on e-readers? Which do you prefer and why? Talk to me, folks, I love having conversations.
E-readers versus physical books. Blogger @Rae_Slater shares her thoughts, plus the advantages of both (Click to Tweet)
When we read, it's for the words: the battle of e-reader vs. book is moot, as explained by blogger @Rae_Slater (Click to Tweet)