K – ‘ KINDLE’

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‘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.

Kindle

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!

PAPERBACK

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?

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17 thoughts on “K – ‘ KINDLE’

  1. Kindle for me. While we are attached to paperbacks, I personally have experienced the painful phase of having to give away my paperback collection as I kept moving cities. Portability of a soft copy appeals to a travel-reader like me. Also, I keep reading multiple books and the comfort of carrying all of them on one device is something which the paperback can’t offer.

    And yes, I have recently self-published a book and printing a paperback edition was not economically viable to me. This makes me a passionate evangelist of e-reading.

  2. I always preferred paperback but after I downloaded Kindle on my newly purchased ipad, that’s not bad too. I prefer both!

  3. Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge … I’m split right down the middle. Sometimes I go through a paperback phase and then other times it’s my Kindle app. The main thing is that I always have something on the go and I cannot imagine my life without reading.

    Linda K
    @_theheadcabbage from
    Tales from the Cabbage Patch

  4. Kindle any day – it gives me goosebumps to even think I can carry my library along with me anywhere and everywhere! Ah what luxury 🙂

  5. I am addicted to my kindle and now find it difficult to switch to regular hard copies! It is just too convenient, plus I have the free 3G connected version, so no tension of Wi-Fi connectivity. Good take for K!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

  6. Ditto! I was skeptical to get a Kindle myself. But I did and I love it. I love my paperbacks too. The feel of the book in my hands, the rustic smell of the papers gives a totally different feel to reading. 🙂

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  7. It’s paper for me. Ebooks are only beneficial for me when I’m at work, and need to look busy. :p
    Or when, travelling in the metro and cannot carry a book along. Also, books that I do not want to buy or cannot borrow, I prefer to read online.

  8. Paperback for the bookmarks. But I can’t hold books for a long long time. Delicate fingers 😀
    I prefer the Kindle because it’s easy to carry around. And for a teen with pocket money, getting pdf copies of a book, or buying it online comes way cheaper than getting the paperback!
    I follow this weird policy: I first read the ebook version. And if I really really like the book, I’ll go ahead and buy it! 😀

  9. I have always loved paper back editions and will always love to collect them, as far as Kindle is concerned. I am tempted to buy it and before giving it a decision, i have myself read e books on my ph and computer, which gives me access to books anywhere and everywhere. I found in e books, my eyes strains a lot so, for me if ever i’ll buy kindle just for few other extra reading nor i adore physical books already.

  10. The ultimate debate every bibliophile has been part of, is here.
    I am for paper books because I am so happy to not add another gadget to my collection and yes, I am conscious of keeping my eyes off the screen as much I can.
    That’s a great list of pros for both 🙂

  11. For me it is paperbacks. I love the feeling when I hold a book in my hand. But coming to think about it, I feel Kindle would also be a good option for me as I don’t stay at home and it is difficult to keep a lot of books where I stay.
    I love all your points of comparison.

  12. For me it’s always hard copy. The feel, touch and smell of a new paperback book is unmatched in the world. The only plus point that I see in a kindle is the storage space, especially while travelling.

  13. thoughtful posts. I also feel that traditional books are better. “At least that only helps us stay in real world and not the virtual world that where we use to live these days ! Nice post by the way. Congratulation

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