Which is better: Reading Printed Books or downloaded E-Books?

Philippines
August 15, 2010 8:38am CST
Which among the two has the better "feel" of reading. What do you prefer the old style or the modern culture?
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13 responses
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
15 Aug 10
This is one of those things that really depends on the situation at hand. For school, I really enjoy ebooks. It allows me to look up things quickly. I really hate thumbing through books for research. Never liked it even when there was not an option of ebooks. Therefore, when ebooks were there and I had the option, I never looked back. I think my life is a lot easier. However, for casual reading, nothing beats a book. Because of the fact that I like doing a lot of my reading for fun when I am lying in bed at night, before I go to sleep. Therefore, ebooks are rather cumbersome and thus the original way of reading books is the way to go for me. Both ways can be good, but still I enjoy reading traditional printed books for fun and for research and school, ebooks are the best thing that happened.
• Philippines
19 Aug 10
I agree with you. It really depends on what approach you will use for you to get the most out of the story.
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
I like reading and I read almost anything that I can get my hand on to. I prefer reading printed stuff which I can bring anywhere with me but since I find buying them somehow quite expensive, I resorted to reading ebooks instead. Anyway, I spend more than 9 hours in front of the computer because of my job everyday, so I might as well have ebooks.
@Iequate2 (280)
• United States
19 Aug 10
I sill prefer the feel of reading a paper or hard cover book. When I was in college, I would download ebooks for quick references, or for extra learning. However, "Writers Beware" stated that the electronic readers are selling fast, and may be out selling paper back books. There information Came from Amazon.com I guess that I will have to convert when the time comes lol.
• United States
19 Aug 10
I prefer hard copy books because it's just easier to read a book cover to cover than an ebook. I get tired of staring at my screen all the time, and it's just easier to read a book in your hand than an ebook.
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
17 Aug 10
My eyes get so tired after reading online too much. I like printed books because they are easier to put in your purse or tote bag. I would entertain one of those e-readers, but again, I would be worried about the eye strain.
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
I still prefer the old style 'cause I love the scent of paper and I love to eardog pages. I love bookmark and reading my book on my bed before I retire at night!
@Catana (736)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I don't think either one is better. Paper books are more convenient sometimes because I don't have to sit in front of the computer. I don't have a reading device (Nook, Kindle, etc.), so for now I do have to read ebooks on my computer. But for me, it's the words. I enjoy the feel of a print book, and being able to scribble notes in the margins, but reading is reading. It doesn't matter to me whether it's pixels or print. I do plan to get an ereader when the prices come down a bit more, but I'll never give up printed books, or the pleasure of having a personal library: shelves of books to pick through.
• Philippines
15 Aug 10
I prefer reading printed books rather than e-books. It's the feeling of flipping pages, falling asleep, getting lost in reading and finding it again makes me more eager to read the book. I tried e-books through my PSP, somehow the fun in the pages of the real book is missing. But still, I believe that as long as there is your love with reading, no matter what it is either a real book or e-books, there wouldn't be any much difference.
@BethannTT (222)
15 Aug 10
i hate reading e books, i dont feel like i actually have the book unless its actually a in my hand copy. i can also read a aper book for much longer than on an e-book, after a while the light starts hurtin my eyes.
• Philippines
15 Aug 10
I would always prefer the tangible ones. Because last time, I downloaded a harry potter book, I had a stiff neck the next day and experienced pain in my back because sitting too long in front of the PC. :D And I always like it that I can leave an actual bookmark whenever I need to do something and has to stop reading. :D
• United States
15 Aug 10
Printed books all the way! I can't stand eBooks. It's just not bookish enough for me. I miss pages and hardcovers and something with weight to carry around everywhere with me. I like having something to add to my collection of books. I like having books take up space in my room. Reducing books to bits on a hard drive is just unthinkable to me.
@snowy22315 (54499)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I have never read a downloaded ebook. Our internet use is limited for us here. that would probably take more bandwidth than I would be willing to use. I am intrigued with the idea of these books though, and maybe someday.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
15 Aug 10
Ebooks of course. I hate paper especially old paper gives me an annoying feeling in my skin. And ebooks read better and faster anyway and mostly I can get them for free... he he!