Physical books vs. e-books: Which do you prefer?

Holly Viers • Oct 10, 2019 at 9:45 PM

A couple weeks ago, I came across a national report that said physical books are outselling e-books, even in today’s age of technology.

I was a little surprised by the report, but not in a bad way. Even though I enjoy the ease that my e-reader provides, I’ve always been an advocate for physical books; there’s just something about turning a real page that never gets old.

Whether you’re a fan of physical books, e-books or both, here are some of my pros and cons for each option.

E-book pro: Immediacy.

For me, the biggest draw of e-books is their instantaneousness. I often research books online, and once I find one I want to read, I’m not always able to go to the library or bookstore and pick up a physical copy. In those moments, I almost always find myself buying the e-book, and within seconds the book is right at my fingertips.

E-book con: Lack of connection.

When I’m reading an e-book, I feel a little less connected to the story than I do when reading a physical book. For whatever reason, it’s harder for me to stay engaged to a screen than it is to words on a page; that’s why it often takes me much longer to read an e-book than a physical book.

Physical book pro: The experience.

There’s nothing like the experience of reading a physical book. It all starts with the thrill of discovering something new at the library or bookstore, and the excitement of taking it home. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the story as it unfolds on the pages, and by the end you’re left with a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Physical books have that indescribable quality that e-books just can’t replicate.

Physical book con: Space-consuming.

If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of extra space in your home for stacks of books. While I’ve kept some that are special to me, I’ve given away or sold many of my physical books over the years, simply to free up space for other things.

The pros and cons are pretty evenly matched for me, but I’ll still give the edge to physical books every time. Which is your preference? Send me your thoughts at [email protected]

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