What do you think about ebooks and ebook readers? Do you prefer physical copies (paperbacks/hardbacks) or ebooks? Why? Do you think ebooks could replace physical copies in the future?
When I started blogging last year, I had no idea about such things as ebook readers. I know I must have been living under a rock at the time but it’s true. Then I started my blog and discovered NetGalley. At the same time, I started receiving review books from indie authors and most of them were ebooks. At first I read these and all my NetGalley books on my laptop but even though I don’t mind the LCD screen, the noise of the laptop’s fans soon drove me crazy and I realized that sooner or later, I’ll have to jump on the bandwagon and buy an ebook reader.
I ordered my Kindle in November but I’ve been in love with it ever since. It makes my life so much easier and reading ebooks much more pleasant. I don’t have to stare at my laptop’s screen for hours, it doesn’t have noisy fans to give me a headache and I can finally curl up in bed with a cuppa tea instead of carrying my laptop everywhere. In short, it’s great and I’m glad I decided to buy one.
However, I was flicking through my Book Depository wishlist the other day and started thinking about how whenever I’m looking for a new book, I don’t even consider buying the ebook version – I always go for either the paperback or the hardback edition. It’s interesting that even though I’m running out of space and soon I’ll have to start thinking about getting a new bookshelf, I still prefer physical copies.
Why? For a start, ebooks don’t have shiny/glossy/gorgeous covers I can stare at for days. And even if they had one, it still wouldn’t be the same. You can’t touch ebooks and you can’t smell them either. If you don’t remember someone’s name or a location and you want to look it up, it takes a while to find it, as opposed to simply flicking through the previous chapters in a paperback or a hardback edition. But most importantly, I’m a book hoarder. I love seeing all my books lined up on my bookshelf, organising them in an alphabetical order… and yes, I know I’m weird. But I think this is the main reason why I’ll always prefer physical books to ebooks.
Ebooks are really practical and perfect if you’re on the go all the time but for compulsive book hoarders like myself, physical books will always come on top. As a blogger, I love the fact that I can use my Kindle to read review copies I get from publishers or NetGalley. But would I buy a Kindle if I wasn’t a blogger? Probably not. As much as I love it, if I didn’t get review copies or didn’t know what NG was, I wouldn’t bother. I love paperbacks and I’ll always be that way, no matter how much I love my Kindle. And as for ebooks replacing physical books, I don’t see that happening in the near future. They might at some point, but not anytime soon, if you ask me.
What do you think? Do you like ebooks or you’d rather stick with physical books? Why or why not?