Hardback books or e-books?

March 19, 2017 6:18pm CST
I like both ways of reading, but if I have to choose I'll go with the hardbacks. I like to feel the book in my hand and smell it too (especially if it's a new book). E-books make me get bored quickly (not by vision problem, but by fatigue. ) What about you?
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@Courtlynn (57475)
• United States
19 Mar 17
Definitely the real thing.
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@Linda1234 (4768)
• Houston, Texas
20 Mar 17
I like hardback books too.
24 Mar 17
@andriaperry (56088)
• United States
20 Mar 17
I have never read an e-book
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24 Mar 17
• United States
19 Mar 17
I used to always say a hardcover book but lately I've been downloading books to my Kindle and have been enjoying the experience. Now I'd have to say I'm 50/50
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• United States
19 Mar 17
My small collection of hardbacks went away a long time ago, moving and all. I have only 2 hardbacks in the house, well 3, one is the bible. I never read them and have not even begun the one I bought recently. So sad. I could have tons of e books and I do on that free Kindle app, but I never read them either. Seems the only reading I do is myLot haha.
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@Platespinner (17026)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
I prefer "real" books, but I'm content to use my Kindle when appropriate. I have a Paperwhite which doesn't cause the eyestrain that is a problem when reading on a tablet.
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@OneOfMany (12418)
• United States
19 Mar 17
e-book sales have been dropping in favor of hardbacks. Of course, people don't realize that readers can be downloaded on their computers and they don't need a specific device to read them. I occasionally open some on my computer, but really, I'm writing them more than reading them these days.
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@dragon54u (31634)
• United States
19 Mar 17
I love real books. ebooks cost money--buying the device and then downloading the books. Although our library does offer ebooks on loan so that would reduce the expense. But a real book doesn't run out of batteries and as you say, they smell wonderful. Especially a very old book, I love that smell. I recently received a package from my sister and it was a set of books we were all raised with. They were new in 1946 when my mom bought them. We were raised with them, as were all our children and grandchildren and now I have them for my grandchild. They have been shipped all over and back and they smell wonderful!!
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@NJChicaa (44794)
• United States
19 Mar 17
I read mostly e-books because I can borrow them for free from the local library system.
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@JohnRoberts (61074)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Mar 17
Hardbacks and paperbacks. Like you, I want to feel a real book.
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@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
21 Mar 17
Ebooks can be good. I do like them, but I think I still prefer actual books, personally. That's what I like best. I might still get ebooks and such, but I prefer books.
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
21 Mar 17
@TheInvisibleMan Of the three I prefer paperbacks.Hardbacks have nice prints and they are elegant and last long.But the paperbacks are easy to read and carry along.
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@funkeyguhl (1743)
• Philippines
21 Mar 17
If I have the space, yes hardbacks or paperbacks are for me. Unfortunately, I don't have the space so having a wide range of electronic books feed my mind and makes my husband happy!
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@mythociate (15735)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20 Mar 17
I'm not "connected" enough to use ebooks (other than the online ones I can download to my computer ... I don't want "everywhere-ness!" if you're somewhere I'm not, and you need me; I won't be there until I leave where I am and go to you!) I suppose I 'appreciate' the author more if it's a hardback (it's 'a pound of flesh of his rendered work' rather than 'just a bunch of thoughts in the ether'), but it's 'a waste of material' by comparison
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@maezee (32970)
• United States
20 Mar 17
I agree. I have not gotten into the ebook thing. I like collecting books, buying books and just the feel of them in general. Reading anything good lately?
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@CRK109 (14444)
• United States
20 Mar 17
95% of the time, I read hard back books. I have them delivered to me by the library. Unless the book is really heavy, I like the feel of it in my hands and I always know where I am in the book. I'm a visual person, so if I know I'm getting near the end, I'll be more likely to finish it quickly and get ready for another one!
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@JudyEv (129804)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
I like a 'real' book. I don't have a Kindle but I guess I could upload ebooks if I wanted to.
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• India
20 Mar 17
I also like hardbacks and I will prefer it only first. I love to read it holding,turning pages,smell,paper quality,colours. If I'm outside and getting bored and can't take out books there than e-books are preferable
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@jstory07 (69038)
• Roseburg, Oregon
20 Mar 17
I like reading a paperback book.
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@franxav (5378)
19 Mar 17
Hardbacks are my choice too. I like to feel the book in my hand and love the smell of it.
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@Hannihar (39939)
28 Feb
Actually I prefer paperbacks. Something I can hold in my hands and read right in front of me.