Thoughts on Tuesdays

Thoughts on Tuesdays: Ebooks Vs. Paperbacks

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EBOOKS VS. PAPERBACK
I am not entirely sure if this topic is an ongoing debate, like “which comes first,the chicken or the egg?”. That aside, I would just like to share to you my opinion on this subject.

I know many have already shared their ideas on which is better, ebooks or paperbacks. But, this is just to add my thought into the topic.

Anyway, so, ebook or paperback?

I’ve seen many bloggers prefer paperbacks than ebooks. Besides the main reason that paperbacks are the classic way of reading a book. It’s the printed word. And personally, there’s something more remarkable when the novel is in paper. There’s like an added bonus to it’s beauty. Right?

Plus, when given an advance reader’s copy (ARC) that is in paperback, it makes the reader feel more loved. Part of the marketing, but heck it works. Whether you liked the story or not (which you’ll know after reading the book), but the gesture itself is sweet. 

Ebooks, on the other hand is also pretty special to me. About four years ago, the height of the Twilight series. My classmates were pretty hooked to the books and I became curious to what it’s all about. I borrowed a friend’s book and read it while my classmate was reporting in front of the class (yep, I’m a total dweeb for it, anyhoo). After finishing it the next day, I got hooked too and wanted to read the next one of the series already. Unfortunately, someone else borrowed my friend’s book. And the bookstore is currently out-of-stock. Thankfully, those days were sports week in our school so we had no class, which means more reading time for me, bad news is I was having a hard time looking for a copy of New Moon. Then, liresorted to buying ebooks online.  At first, I had no e-reader, so I read from my Mac, which is difficult at times. When I got an itouch, things got better, but sometimes I found the letters too little for my eyes. Then later on I got an ipad, which made everything better. ( I chose to buy an ipad because I can have kindle,nook, and ibooks on it). So, reading an ebook proved easier. The positive things I can say about ebooks is that when I bring my ipad everywhere I go, and I got bored, my books are all there. Once I finish one book, I’ll read another one. Besides being environmental friendly, more and more self-published authors have e-books. Though I don’t read much self-published books now, but when I see something I like, I willingly do it. Also, finding netgalley online is a blessing.

On the other side of the coin, paperbacks are still special to me. I still buy the ones that really get to me. If I have an ebook copy of it and I really love the story, I buy the book. If it’s a series that I super love, I immediately buy the printed word (for the sequels).

So, this is how I balance my love of e-books and paperbacks. I guess it all depends on the reader, on where he/she is more comfortable.

However, nowadays, I limit my buy of books because truthfully my bookshelves are becoming full. That’s why I buy e-books more these past few days.

How about you? Which do you love more, e-books or paperbacks? Tell me your thoughts on the comments below.ke an angel, I found out one of my guy friends (yes, he’s a guy) told me he has an ebook copy of the book and will let me borrow. Yipee for me! So that was my first time reading an ebook. 

I still bought paperbacks/hardbound books after that because as I said earlier, the real copy makes reading genuinely serious or something. Then later on, because of limited selection books bookstores here in our city, I resorted to buying ebooks online.  At first, I had no e-reader, so I read from my Mac, which is difficult at times. When I got an itouch, things got better, but sometimes I found the letters too little for my eyes. Then later on I got an ipad, which made everything better. ( I chose to buy an ipad because I can have kindle,nook, and ibooks on it). So, reading an ebook proved easier. The positive things I can say about ebooks is that when I bring my ipad everywhere I go, and I got bored, my books are all there. Once I finish one book, I’ll read another one. Besides being environmental friendly, more and more self-published authors have e-books. Though I don’t read much self-published books now, but when I see something I like, I willingly do it. Also, finding netgalley online is a blessing.

On the other side of the coin, paperbacks are still special to me. I still buy the ones that really get to me. If I have an ebook copy of it and I really love the story, I buy the book. If it’s a series that I super love, I immediately buy the printed word (for the sequels).

So, this is how I balance my love of e-books and paperbacks. I guess it all depends on the reader, on where he/she is more comfortable.

However, nowadays, I limit my buy of books because truthfully my bookshelves are becoming full. That’s why I buy e-books more these past few days.

How about you? Which do you love more, e-books or paperbacks? Tell me your thoughts on the comments below.


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3 Comments

  • Christie Rich

    Hi Jenna! I thought I would like print books better until I got my kindle. I still love paper, but it is easier for me to read on my kindle and I can tote around an entire library on a small device. I think I’m fully switched to ebooks at this point.

    I’m just now getting my books in print, and I’m so excited to see them on my bookshelf all lined up in a neat row, but to read, I want my kindle! LOL.

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