What do you prefer, paperbacks or e-books?

@ddaguno (3110)
Philippines
July 1, 2010 3:17am CST
I like reading books and it's nice that there are now lots of ebooks available on the net. There are even some sites that let you download them for free. The only thing I don't like about ebooks is that you have to be on the computer a lot. It's good if you have a portable ebook reader but if you don't then it you can only read the book when you're in front of the computer. But just imagine how may trees we save for buying ebooks instead of paperbacks. What do you think? Which is better, paperbacks or e-books?
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@oldchem1 (8144)
1 Jul 10
I don't think that you can beat a 'real' book. It adds to the pleasure of reading - it could be that you are reading it on a hot sunny day out in the garden or on the beach. Or in the winter cuddled upon a chair by a nice fire - no give me a book made of paper anyday!!
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@bardgirl (364)
• United States
1 Jul 10
I prefer paperbacks. I don't have to worry if I accidentally drop a book unlike the overpriced Kindle. I don't care if it has gone down in price it still costs way too much. Ultimately it looks like books are cheaper so you won't catch me with a Kindle anytime soon unless of course someone gave me one. Frankly I'd be afraid of breaking the thing.
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• Hungary
2 Jul 10
For me paperbacks mean reading fictions and e-books mean reading non-fictions. You can acquire abundant knowledge from e-books.It's all right to sit and read on the computer whole you are getting to know something but it does not prompt the same feeling as reading paperbacks. Portable e-books are handy and environment friendly, but will they ever offer the same pleasure of reading?
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
2 Jul 10
Certainly paperbacks. There is I dont know a different taste, you can read at bed and bookmark. I believe the kids in the future will rather e-books, having an ipad and all, but for me I grew up with the old type books. Like cassete tape, I would never use it nowadays but still miss, it was fun to record all those messed up tapes when I was waiting for my favorite song, praying so the radio guy dont say anything in the middle of my music...wich actually they always did.
@ting5825 (10)
• China
2 Jul 10
i think the paperbacks and e-book are different form for us. the paperbacks is classic way forever,and the e-book is new way which is the signs for the development of modern life. my boyfriend and i still plan to place many books on a big bookshelf in our future home.
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@MDG2211 (711)
• Argentina
2 Jul 10
It is much better the electronic books, does not fit any doubt, brings prepared a heap of advantages as good you say your, and the first thing nowadays is to take care of the planet.
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@Joshuael (109)
• China
2 Jul 10
Paperback is easier and convenient to read.It is handy to get and turn pages.When I read ebook I must open a machine and then open folds,imput page number....,that is a little weary.But I concede ebook can save money a lot.Actually I have download many ebooks that I havenot got time to read.
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@Candymin (145)
• China
2 Jul 10
Hello, Ddaguno. I definitely choose paperbacks rather than e-books. Paperbacks always have their own value and also much more convenience. And too much reading in front of the computer or notebook is not good for our health and eyes. Reading is an interesting and exciting thing to hold a real book on my hand but not always a screen. Hehehe... Well, sometimes I also read e-books on my notebook, but not often. Have a nice day and happy mylotting!
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@pnkguapa (20)
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
paperbacks is always the best for me because not all people who love to read has computer and for the paperback you can read it all the time you want where ever you want and when ever you want.
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• United States
1 Jul 10
While I wouldn't mind having a reader for e-books, I still think that paperbacks/hardbacks are better. For example: -with a paperback, you can lend it to a friend if you choose, but you cannot lend out an ebook to my knowledge, and even if you could, your friend would have to have a similar reader to 'accept' the book. -paperbacks can be resold or traded in when you are finished reading them, but an ebook just takes up space on a hard drive somewhere -paperbacks can be purchased cheaper/inexpensively when they are used, but with ebooks there is no used ebook section to make a discounted purchase of a newish released book (if you want them cheaper, you must wait longer for them to make it to the old release section or the classics free download area) -there is just something soothing about the smell/feel of a paperback that an ebook cannot replace.
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@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
well i still prefer books but certainly i find the convenience of ebooks
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• United States
1 Jul 10
I choose hardcover books! Okay, that's not an option here... but I'd pick paperback over ebooks. I HATE ebooks. I hate reading them, I hate dealing with them, and I hate what they've done to the publishing industry. I mean, BOOK piracy? This was virtually non-existent before ebooks! What the heck? Also, I don't like the argument that it saves trees. Trees are a renewable resource. The stuff we use to make our electronics is not. Paper is biodegradable. Your computer and your ereader are not. Paper is recyclable. Your hard drive (which you're storing all your ebooks on) is not. And hard drives only last for a certain period of time... 2-10 years. Then they freeze or crash, and there's nothing you can do to save them after that. They're done. You'll have to throw them away and then they'll sit in a landfill for 500 years and they won't rot. Very good for the environment, I'm sure.
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@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
I also choose paperbacks because ebooks gave me a strain eyes and blurred visions. Paperbacks is a lot easier because I can find time reading books in my bedroom or in the living room and in any position plus I can put it down if my eyes get tired. Paperbacks is more convenient because my eyes won't strain with the letters, but computer is really stressful to my eyes. But sometimes I read ebooks but very rare.
@juryse (753)
• Philippines
14 Jul 10
Nothing will beat the feeling of reading or holding the actual book. But I guess if we think of nature, then ebooks are better coz we will save a lot of trees. I agree with you about staying in front of the computer to read the ebook. I did that one time for whole day and I got a bid headache after. I still like buying paperbacks but I would love to have a Kindle or Nook.
13 Jul 10
Books are better - there's something special about having it in your hand while you read. However, I do like having ebooks too, especially when I am not sure which book to read - i can carry around a whole library in my handbag!
• Philippines
5 Jul 10
i think i like paperbacks even more. it adds appeal to me that i can read it and even if there's no electricity i can still bring my book everywhere and not have to recharge the ebook reader (kindle or ipad?) anyway, i dont like to be infront of the computer at all times. paperbacks are so lightweight too. i know im too biased since i still like paperbacks. i think the ebooks are ones that i think would stay through the future but for now i love my books in print. thanks!
@ElicBxn (60805)
• United States
3 Jul 10
I like paper books and I like audio books. One I can read when I'm not doing anything else the other I can listen to while I do other things... I have never gotten an ebook reader, because I like to loan my books to other people and they can't all afford readers... If I buy one book, I might loan it to 2 or 4 other people
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
3 Jul 10
I like to read. My favorite format is audiobooks, second is normal print- preferably hardcover because it's easier to see. I rather don't like e-books, reading off screen does nothing for me. It's a lot of eye stain. And I can't truly bare it!
@archon309 (404)
• Philippines
2 Jul 10
I still love reading the paperbacks. I can always relax with a good book in my hand while sipping a hot cup of coffee and i can do it almost anywhere. I don't have e-reader though, I don't know as of yet how it feels to read books from those gadgets. Until then paperbacks is my choice.
@karen1969 (1788)
2 Jul 10
I really am not keen on e-books because I like physically holding a book, turning the pages, snuggling up in bed reading before I go to sleep, that kind of thing. I don't like having to read on the computer screen and I think it wouldn't be a very relaxing way to read. I love real books, especially paperbacks (so they are light, bendable, easy to carry).