how do you prefer to read?

Philippines
September 20, 2009 3:17am CST
with the increasing popularity of e-books, some people say that conventional paper backs would soon be obsolete. Do you agree with this? I personally still like the feeling of holding the book on my lap and smelling the pages of books however, many of my friends are telling me the advantages of e-books. Maybe I just need to get used to them
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38 responses
@shhheila (1846)
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
i like to read REAL BOOKS not ebooks... when reading ebooks, i feel that my eyes are rolling because im scrolling it to the page where i last read it... ebooks are mostly free thats the advantage, i'll just print them out maybe if i have extra cash, dont have a printer right now...
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
oh yes! that's another problem I encountered when reading e-books! I gave me a headache the first time. LOL
@mdvarghese (1789)
• Bangalore, India
20 Sep 09
I really like the conventional books. The comfort and convenience of reading them cannot be replaced by the e-books especially when we are travelling. Moreover it will cause more physical strain particularly for eyes.So I hope the conventional books will be there and it is not going to be replaced by the e-books.
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
I hope the same too.. I would be very sad if conventional books become obsolete. I have the impression that you travel a lot. Have you tried book readers? I just thought that it might be suitable for you because they say that by using these, you can store more books (thus bringing more on your trip) and they are easier on the eyes compared to reading from a computer. I'm just not sure if it does bring the feeling reading paperbacks bring. :)
@Fadolf (545)
• Slovenia
20 Sep 09
Hello hotbiatch! I think that coventional books are better than the e-books because of the tradition of reading. What I mean by tradition of reading is that you can read everywhere and whenever you want. Isn't it better to turn the next page with your fingers and then feel the paper, hear the noise of paper, etc? I think that books should be left in the manner like they have been for the centuries; on the paper, with bookmarks hanging out of them and without electronical additions! I have to say that I sometimes read e-books, but the reason I'm doing it is that you can find them anywhere on the internet... Maybe e-books are new, fancy and they protect the environment (no more wood chopping), but there isn't pleasure of reading... Thank you for reading my post! Take care and happy mylotting!
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
thanks for your comment fadolf! I agree with you completely. E-books are indeed convenient to get and they may be helping in save the environment but, yes, the leisure you get to experience when them is not as much. So far, the nice people who have commented on this discussion agree that conventional books provide more pleasure than e-books. ;)
@jianhong (740)
• Singapore
20 Sep 09
I read either by the physically holding the book or reading from ebook. I like both. There are pro and con. Sometime, i can't find the book or too lazy to find it i will find it online ebook. Which save my time. BUt the feeling of holding a book it great too.
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
do you use an electric book reader? I'm not sure of what that is but I saw it once on Oprah and she loves it. I think she mentioned that it is a good and convenient gadget for e-book readers :)
@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
20 Sep 09
I prefer to have a real book in my hands to read. It is one of my favorite things to do in fact. There really is nothing like sitting or laying down reading one of your favorite books on a lazy day or a rainy day. No e-book can compete with that level of comfort. I agree with you about the feel and smell of books, wonderful! Visiting a new bookstore is pure heaven for me (that turns sad because I can't buy all the books!) LOL
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
I know the feeling! LOL I can't get enough of books and it's really very difficult to choose a few when I'm on a bookstore.. My friend introduced me to a booksale store and it is one of my favorite destinations to date :).
@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
30 Sep 09
I prefer books and I don't like to strain my eyes for e-books! I like only real books. Honestly somehow I just am not comfortable reading an e book.I find it more like a drama. I love to ead in different places at different times and I like to carry the book around and read while sleeping, travelling etc: I don't think that I would ever want to read any of my favorite novels on the net.
• Indonesia
28 Sep 09
Hi hotbiatch Waw, brave username :) Same with you, I like to touch the books, flip its side or make some mark with my red pen. And of course, the smell of new books, I love it so much! But I think it depends on what kind of books. If it's important book, better to have hard copy so you can save it and give mark to important part. It won't lost just because of virus or other computer problem. If it's comic books or other books for entertain purpose and you're not sure will read it again or not, then e-books is better. It doesn't take space and it's okay if there's computer problem, like virus, no electricity or hang,,since you don't really need it
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Hi hotbiatch! My friend and I just had a conversation about this :) And yes, there are already so many ebooks out there of our favorite novels and paperbacks. Some are even audio books that make it even more convenient for other people who are not into reading. Personally, I'm fine with ebooks; I actually finished the Harry Potter and Twilight Series using only those ebooks :) But I always wanted to collect the books myself. Usually, when I have the money I always buy the paperbacks, especially if they're best sellers such as that of Paulo Coelho's. But even if there are already so many ebooks out there, and even with the drive for paperless documents, I don't think the conventional paper backs would be obsolete that soon. That's because of the copyright issues. Ebooks are so easy to distribute. I guess if they do phase out the paper backs and convert to ebooks, they still need to resolve the issue of copyright. Also, even with the increasing progress of technology today, there are still a lot of people out there who are avid book readers but are not knowledgable about computers and stuff. So if they do phase out the paperbacks, how can those people who are not knowledgable about computers enjoy their favorite pastime? Further, paper backs are still the most convenient forms of books because you don't need to log in to your computer and sit on your desktop just to read a good book. With paper backs, all you have to is open it and viola! the pages for you to read!:) You can also bring it everywhere: in the pool, in the restaurants, in the movies. You can even sleep on it when you read it in your bed! Imagine sleeping on your laptop! LOL :) So for me, although I'm fine with ebooks, I still prefer the paperback as the most convenience form of books and I don't think they'd be obsolete :)
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
22 Sep 09
ebooks require batteries and therefore are not always practical. A book is forever unless you do something to destroy it.
@jambi462 (4595)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I prefer to read actual books rather then e books or something like that. I don't really like to read off the computer because it tends to strain my eyes a little bit after reading it for too long. I can just read a lot longer out of a normal book rather then the computer.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
22 Sep 09
I prefer real books myself. I have downloaded many ebooks in the past and have not read most of them! They are a good idea, but I spend a lot of time on the computer as it is, so I do not like to spend more time than I have to! Perhaps, if I did not work online, then I would like reading them more!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Hi hotbiatch! (By the way I love your name!) I prefer to read books too! I spend enough time sitting in front of my computer screen! I don't want to sit here and read an e-book too! I have a PC so I have no other choice but to sit where my computer is located! So at least with my books I can choose where I want to read and that is usually in my bed! I like to read before I go to sleep! Actually, sometimes that is the way I relax to fall asleep! I think that the world has just gotten to computer crazy and sometimes it is just nice to take a break and give your eyes a rest from the computer screens! So for me I am still happy that they still have books to read!
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
21 Sep 09
I don't think anything compares to the feeling of curling up on an armchair with a good book. I love the feel of turning the pages and getting completely absorbed. I don't think e-book readers compare, but maybe that's an age thing.
• United States
21 Sep 09
I love to read REAL books. The smell and just everything about having the book right there. I mean i have read a book on the computer and it just wasn't the same. I mean i loveee curling up in bed and reading a book. How can you do that if you have to lug around a big laptop to read. Happy mylotting!
• Indonesia
21 Sep 09
Hello there! I love reading both type of books and I have to admit that e-books are very popular nowadays. Still both of them have their own advantages and disanvantages. E-books, for example are "light" and simple. If you are not busy at work, you can read it from your computer without looking like a lazy worker who brings books to work intentionally. But reading too much e-book isn't good for your eyes as it can cause eyestrain. The 'ole conventional books might be heavy to be carried around, but it is friendlier to your eyes. You can even still read it at the aircraft without being warned by the flight attendants to turn off all kinds of electronic device which may be needed to read e-books. As for me, I can't choose because I need both types of them. As a book lover, I love them no matter what form they are in. Happy reading!
@nrn2003 (669)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I prefer to read a regular book. I like the feeling of having the books that I have read on shelves. I know that technology is taking over our lives, but books are very important and I think it is better to have fullpage books.
@wolveren (1576)
• Cebu, Philippines
21 Sep 09
I don't think that the convention paper would be gone just yet. It is more comfortable to read any material on paper and not on some digital media. I still prefer it to be on paper if I could. But nowadays most information are on digital ebooks or even online so sometimes that will have to do. cheers!
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
I actually prefer real physical books rather than e-books. E-books are fine but I really dont like to read a story in Word or Acrobat format. It's good for a short story or an article but for full length novels? Nope, not for me. I prefer to enjoy a book and not just read through it. Yeah, there are a lot of advantages to e-books but real books has that 'personal' feel. I mean it's just you, the book, the story and the characters. With e-books, which are usually read on laptops, you are aware of the other applications and other things that you possibly can do while on the computer. Well, that's just me anyway.
@CALLIBAN (278)
• Portugal
21 Sep 09
I prefer to read a real book. Just as you, I LOVE the smell of a new book! Reading in the computer is bad for our eyes. If I would start to read in my computer I would spend even more hours in it and that´s not good.
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I will stick to the way i have read books all my life, holding one in my hand. I don't believe paperback books will ever be obselete, i hope not anyway. Happy monday to u.