As a child, I got my hands on books I could find at my school library and at every bookstore that sold books in English. I started reading almost 10 years ago, and back then I was just getting to know the book world. E-books and kindles were non-existent to me at that point. Several years ago, when the iPad and Kindle came out, my dad thought it would be a good idea to get me one, considering the amount of books I constantly bought/ordered. Thus, I found an alternative to my reading.
Though I am not as acquainted to the E-book world as the Real Books world, I feel that I have, to some extent, the experience to share with you the thoughts that I have on these two very distinct forms of reading. Below I have made a list about the benefits of E-books and real books. I decided to ignore the negative aspects of each, though I will mention some of them along the lines, just to give you a fuller perspective.
E-books (in my case, the Kindle Fire)
- Instant dictionary: This is my #1 reason for using a Kindle. I hate to read something, come across a word I don’t know, and not being able to look up its definition immediately. When this happens whilst reading a physical book, I usually force myself to go past it to continue with the flow of my reading. But the Kindle mostly solves this problem (as its dictionary is not perfect), so I’m happy.
- Convenience: Instant access to the book in just a few clicks. If you’re like me, then that’s very useful – in the place I live the bookstores rarely have books in English, so I used to order them on Amazon. I hated ordering them and waiting for them to arrive, besides the additional costs of shipping. No more shoving books in random places and leaving them to collect dust.
- Lightning: You can adjust the lightning of the screen depending on how light or dark your surrounding is, which enables to read in the dark (if you have bad eyesight and sleeping problems, don’t read in the dark at night. It’s detrimental to your eyes and sleep cycle.)
- Portability: You can have several CR’s with you all inside this portable device, which makes it so much easier when you’re traveling or constantly moving to places.
- Finance: Most, if not all, books on Kindle are cheaper than physical books, for obvious reasons. Well, unless you prefer cheaper second-hand physical books. There are some Classics that even come free. As for me, I have found Kindle Unlimited – a subscription to explore a wide range of books for free (but you can only borrow the books whilst you are subscribed to it).
- Simulation: You could be reading “Les Misérables” or “Fifty Shades of Grey” and no one would know, unless they actually craned their neck next to your face to see the small-lettered title at the top of your Kindle. Very unlikely, though.
- Fashion: You can’t put a case on the device itself, but you can buy Kindle cases and decorate them yourself.
- Audiobook: You can download Audible in the Kindle, and you can either
- Listen to the book as you read along, or
- Listen to the book while you’re transporting to one place to the other, and can’t visually read the book.
- Experience: The sight of the cover of the book you have been so eager to read. Brushing your fingers against the fresh pages, and turning them as you go deep into the story. Having the book right there with you adds to that special journey you delve into whilst reading a book. A Kindle just doesn’t do that for me – it’s all too electronic and modified for me.
- Holding the book in your hands, I believe, urges you to continue reading. Whereas a Kindle book doesn’t provide that realistic feeling.
- Collection: Whenever you step into a library, Barnes & Noble, or any bookstore you visit, don’t you just love the feeling of innumerable books surrounding your view 360? Buying books and adding them to your bookshelf collection is another reason in itself. It’s a showcase to how much you have read and how much you plan to read. It’s a visual representation of your book world.
- Besides, if you’re into Bookstagram, real books enable you to shine your photography skills too 😉
- Aesthetics: The smell and design – enough said.
- Lend: If you have book-buddies, you can mutually lend books to each other, instead of buying them, and still have that real book experience. (You wouldn’t be able to keep them, though. *Sigh*)
After writing this list, I feel like an advocate of E-books. But honestly, I love both as much. I mostly use the Kindle because it’s easier to read and I can constantly browse new books; I appreciate real books because they complement the stories that come alive at each page. And, honestly, I really want a bookshelf full of books and nothing else.
When I grow up and it’s time to get my own apartment, I will have a room with a huge window (for lightning purposes), a beautiful large bookcase, and a very comfy chair. And maybe a desk. It would be my reading/working area, the perfect combination.
Well, thanks for reading! I hope this was useful 🙂