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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Electronic Books or Hardcovers?

Picture 5 officials announced this week that the company now sells more e-books in its online marketplace than hardcovers.

So I wanted to ask....



Blogger Lianne said...

i'm still torn between ebooks and the real thing... nothing beats actually being able to turn a page and the smell of a newly opened paperback!

July 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Jessica - Lovely Undergrad said...

A year ago, when I first heard about the Kindle... I was completely smitten with the commercial and completely appalled with the product.

But over the course of a year, I looked more into Kindles and other e-readers. A couple weeks ago I bought a Kindle and I must confess that I'm enamored with it.

I will still keep real book copies of my favorites--it's an emotional attachment thing. But as for reading-on-the-go and being away at school away from my bookshelf... the Kindle is my soul mate.

July 22, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

oddly enough if I'm going to be paying $8-12 for an e-book ( like in apple's iBooks ) I would rather pay for the physical book. Maybe I just haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet?

July 22, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Real pages to turn are still my favorite. I love books for the information and entertainment they provide, but also as objects. Real books rule!

July 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Rhianne said...

I heart my e-reader, I've read so many books already and I've only had it since January. I love to read and my e-reader just makes it easier to do so!

July 23, 2010 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger pearl. said...

i dont have an e-reader so my opionion isnt exactly justified.
but i think there is something magical about reading a real book. the pages bewteen your finders creates something real about the story.
Pearl xo

July 23, 2010 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Ebooks?! Wrong on the most basic of fundamentals regarding reading: the turning of the page. You can't replicate the feel of the paper, the smell, the rustle; and it's all those things that means the proper book will always reign supreme.
The husband has been told that if he ever buys me one of those things, he can find himself somewhere else to live.
Oh dear, I've made myself quite cross - going for a lie down now.

July 23, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Lady San Pedro said...

The smell of paper, the sound of pages flipping, the touch, the weight; Print is still more charming, more experiential :-)

July 23, 2010 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger Cassandra Marie said...

There's no comparison to the real thing! I just dont understand this whole ebook craze.

July 23, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger yasmine said...

i don't have a preference. it's more about convenience really. if you're on a long trip and don't want to lug a bunch of books to read, i think a reader is best. but at home, i would much prefer printed material.

plus i collect 1st edition and rare books. i feel like printed matter is more valuable in that way. sentimentality is lost with a digital reader.

it's like one of those pocket watches with different gears and intricacies compared to a digital clock. same purpose, different make up.

July 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Ivan P. said...

I prefer paper, but the Kindle is good, especially while travelling, and it is possible to keep all the huge encyclopedias and dictionaries in there.

There are just two problems: Some ebooks are terribly formatted, and still too many good books don't have their electronic versions.

July 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Holly Knitlightly said...

Hardcovers! I just love holding the actual book, and putting it on the bookshelf after you finish reading it...

July 23, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

E-books would be great for long journeys when you can't haul lots of stuff. The rest of the time, real books please. I used to clear out my books on a regular basis, but now I keep them all and am still buying more because one day they won't be as easy to find and acquire as they are now. That's my fear. I'm stocking up so when that day comes I'll still be turning real pages.

July 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

No comparison IMO. I've loved reading (books) my whole life it seems from when I was a little girl, I can't imagine using one of those e-book things!

It actually makes me sad that so many people like them, I feel like we're losing touch with the past.

As others have said, there's nothing like turning those pages, and having old books in your bookcase from school, uni, or your mum or dad. Some of my Dad's old books I have are more than 40 years old! You can't replace that. I also really love libraries.

Excuse the ramble but you touched on a sore point for me ;)

July 23, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Casee Marie said...

I never thought I would like e-books because it would feel like staring at a computer screen and I do enough of that with blogging! But I have a nook e-reader from Barnes & Noble which has a brilliant technology on the screen to make it look like a real page. It isn't lit so there's no glare, I use a booklight. It's really charming - and fun to have so many books with me all the time. Still, I won't give up my hardcovers completely. (:

July 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Liv said...

There's just something about the smell of a book. I know that electronic books are extremely convenient, but I'll always prefer the real thing!

July 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I love books to have, to read, to look at but for reading while traveling I absolutely prefer e-books!
Reading on my iPad has been the best thing ever!!!

July 24, 2010 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit said...

I thought I would hate reading books on a "device", especially since I am one of those people who makes a lot of notes in the margins and highlights like crazy. But when I got my iPad, I discovered reading books on it is great. I can even highlight and make notes. I just took a trip to the east coast and carried novels, magazines, guidebooks with me all in iBooks.

July 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger April said...

I guess I might feel differently if I had a Kindle, but I don't get all the hype. I like being able to highlight my favorite parts of books, so I need it in paper.

July 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I absolutely REFUSE to give up the feel and smell and sound of books to hold a horrid, cold screen in my hand. It feels to me the soul has been ripped from book and left in its place is a memory of what people use to have. It almost makes me want to cry.

July 26, 2010 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Vivi said...

Library books!! That's my answer (if that counts)!

July 26, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find amazon's statistic almost impossible to believe. My faith in humanity is really wearing thin. What's wrong with people?

Anyway ... hardcovers. Obviously.

July 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... or if need be, those inflatable books you get for kids to read in the bath.

July 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Both, I love them both. I can't function without my iPad or my 'real' books, magazines and newspapers.

July 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger iva yaneva said...

Wow, it is so strange almost everyone chose hardcover over here :) Which is awesome I think! There is nothing like the smell of a book, the feeling of flipping through the pages.. And I just love bookshelves way too much to give them up :)

July 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Meander said...

Electronic books certainly have their place I guess but books are memories - I guess that's why I love decorating with them, being surrounded by them constantly. I know where I was and what stage in my life I was in when I first read "Wuthering Heights" or "Eat, Pray, Love" you know? That's something that can never be replaced by technology, never.

August 1, 2010 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger said...

Can't imagine life without books. Too much digital in my world already.

August 2, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both should have been an option.
I have both and I do tend to g for the hardcover more. But I love my Kindle for travel. E books are the way its going and when I purchase my ipad I can read on the ipad.

August 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger J. said...

I really want to get a Kindle, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I am going to though, I think it is a great option!
But for now, I am sticking with the old fashioned version of books, hehe!

August 20, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

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