Ebooks Or Physical Books?

By now everyone has written a post or article about why they prefer ebooks or physical books, the pros and cons, and all that good stuff. I’m probably the last blogger to do so. I’ve only had my Kindle for a few months, so I’m a little behind. Nothing new there. Better late than never, so here’s my list.

Ereaders

  • With the light on my Kindle case, I can read at night or in an area with low light.
  • I can enlarge the font.
  • There are tons of free ebooks available. Most libraries loan ebooks now, but you can also get free ebooks from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Even those that aren’t free are usually cheaper than physical books.
  • I can start a book instantly. I don’t have to wait for the book to arrive in the mail or for a trip to the library.
  • I can carry hundreds (okay, thousands) of books on my Kindle.
  • Whether I’m looking for a book on a specific subject or looking for a specific word or phrase in my current book, I can do a quick search and pull up all instances of a word or phrase.
Physical books
  • I’ve found it’s easier to absorb content reading a real book. Whether it’s psychological or something to do with the printing process, I found it to be the case before I ran across any articles about it.
  • I have limited room for book storage, and as I rarely reread books, there isn’t much point in keeping them anyway. This would seem like an ereader “pro”, but stay with me for a minute. I also like to share books with others, either by giving them away, trading, or selling them. I can’t do that with ebooks. Also, if I don’t like an ebook, I’m stuck with it. Sure I can delete it, but I can’t sell it to get part of my money back or just pass it on to someone who might like it. Which is why I stick to free or cheap ebooks.
  • I can flip back through the book to reread a section. This can be done on an ereader, but I find it much easier in a real book.
  • I can see how far I am into the book. The Kindle has the percentage read on the bottom of the page, but I’m a visual person and I want to actually see how many pages I’ve read and have left.
  • A real book never needs to be charged.
  • I don’t have to worry about my kids taking my grown-up books. They like the Kindle a little too much.
  • You can’t really browse ebooks. I can go to a library sale, a thrift store, or a book store, and look at the covers and spines to see what catches my eye.

I’m loving my Kindle, but I don’t see myself ever giving up physical books. I think there’s room in the world for both. Some of my points above even seem to contradict each other. That’s because what I prefer sometimes depends on the mood I’m in and what’s going on around me. Where do you stand on the ereader vs. physical books debate? Why?

New Book Lovers Community

I’ve added a new feature to the blog. Using BlogFrog, I’ve added a forum. The Book Lovers community is a place for you to ask for new book suggestions, share about your favorite books, talk about upcoming new releases, share free ebook promotions you’ve run across, or talk about anything book-related.

You’ll find it right there on the sidebar. Jump in and let me know what you think.

Happy New Year!

I finally made it to WordPress. It took a few weeks and several false starts, but I finally got it. I had help, and I’ll write more about that later. I may or may not be blogging every day this year, because I’ve made some major life changes over the past month and I just may not have time. I will still be posting book reviews, and will be posting several times a week. There will also still be kid stories, so don’t worry that those will go away. In fact, I need to post the pictures of the gingerbread house the boys decorated.

I’ve moved recently, and I’m still trying to get unpacked and settled, so it may be a couple more weeks before I get back into doing giveaways. I have to unpack my books so I can see what books I have available before I can list any for giveaways. I have decided not to continue the weekly giveaways, but there are so many giveaway hops out there, that I will still be holding 2-3 giveaways a month, when I get back up and running. If you won a book previously from me, I will get it in the mail to you as soon as I can. The events of the past few weeks weren’t really planned and I’m playing catch-up.

I also have a lot of work to do on the blog now that I’ve finally gotten it moved. I need to replace the tags, and replace the links to my videos, as well as put all the stuff back on my sidebar. I also won a blog makeover, and I don’t know exactly when that will happen, but I won’t be doing much to the appearance of the blog because it’ll all just be redone with the makeover. I appreciate your patience while I put the blog back together.

It will be a couple more weeks before I’m accepting new books for review, for the same reasons as above. I need to get settled and caught up. I hope to soon get my new schedule organized so that I can get back to reading a book a day. I did enter my 365th book for 2011 in Goodreads last night, but some of those were short stories. I don’t know exactly how many because I didn’t use tags for the whole year. But a few of the books were 600+ pages, so I figure that makes up for the short stories. Wait while I go check something… My total pages read was 74,758, but I don’t know if all the ebooks were calculated correctly. Sometimes the number of pages for ebooks doesn’t show up on Goodreads. Still, that’s an average of 204 pages per book. Or 204 pages per day. Either way.

My goal for 2012 is 366 books. It’s a leap year. 🙂