‘Paperback or Kindle?’ To be honest, I wasn’t that keen on eReaders when they first came out, insisted that they couldn’t possibly replace the paper version of a book. However I bought myself an Ipad and downloaded the kindle app. Why? Because I felt that I was missing out on so many bargains, because some novels that I was yearning to read were only available in digital format, because I loved the idea of storing so many titles in one neat little package. That’s not to say I’ve given up on paperbacks though. That will never happen. There’s something quite phenomenal about holding a book, turning the pages, stroking it, feeling the embossed lettering, the silkiness of the cover. Or is that just me? I am a bit weird.
1. Storage: You can store thousands of titles on one device, which is handy if you travel a lot.
2. Speed: You can buy a book and have it delivered to your Kindle right away.
3. Changeable Fonts: One of the great advantages of a Kindle is its ability to change the font to your preferred size.
4. Accessibility: You can download the Kindle app on to your smartphone, Tablet or computer, which gives you easy access to all your books. Great if you’re stuck somewhere and fancy a read.
5. Selection: If you’re on holiday and fancy buying a book, depending on where you are, you might find your choice is limited.
6. Bargains: eBooks often go on half price sale, sometimes even less than half price and sometimes free.
7. Weight: A Kindle is compact and lightweight, so much easier to carry around and doesn’t take up so much space. Ideal if you’re reading several titles.
8. Durability: Unlike a paperback, your books will remain in pristine condition!
1. Physicality: There’s nothing quite as gratifying as holding a book in your hands, looking at the cover (often a work of art in itself), turning the new, crisp pages, inhaling the smell.
2. Safety: Paperbacks are easier on the face if you fall asleep on your book and there is something touchy feely about them I can’t resist.
3. Getting a signed copy: If you’re a booklover, you’ll treasure a book that’s been signed by your favourite author, this isn’t an option with the Kindle.
4. Bookshelf: What would a house be without a bookshelf? The thought doesn’t bear thinking about.
5. Bookmarks: I adore bookmarks. I’ve been given some as gifts, some I’ve bought myself. If people stopped buying hard copies of books then bookmarks would become obsolete.
6. Longevity: If you forget to charge your Kindle or if the battery dies then you’re stuffed. But you can pick up a paperback and start reading anytime, anywhere without having to worry about battery life.
7. The experience: Whether you’re tucked up in bed, curled up on the sofa, sitting on a train or in a cafe, nothing beats the reading experience of a paperback.
I like reading on my Kindle but I adore paperbacks too and will never give them up! What do you think, Kindle or paperback?
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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