Paper or computer for reading?

@albto_568 (1268)
Costa Rica
March 28, 2011 10:17pm CST
I enjoy reading very much, I have lots and lots of books, recently, I also enjoy finding themes to read in my computer, but it tires me a little, and the bright of the screen tends to tire my eyes, I still prefer the good old paper for reading. I print some things that I find interesting, but this, left aside that is quite expensive, has the environmental problem of using too much paper. So, what is the most favoured way of reading for all of you, paper books or computer?
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28 responses
• India
8 Jun 11
With all the environmental issues I finally decided to contribute towards reducing carbon footprint and thus reduced my expenditure on paper books and started switching to ebooks (pdf books) from the normal paper books. This is good option irrespective there are greater chances of getting distracted while reading on a laptop. Also their is strain on eyes while reading on laptop. So optimize the brightness and contrast of your screen and I use a mixed reading approach by reading some books on paper and other on laptop....
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
13 Jun 11
Thank you for your post, Pankajgarg, I understand your environmental concerns, I share them myself, but I find reading on the computer, too tired though, if the book is too large, and interesting, I prefer to print it, and read for a long period, then, recicle the paper.
• India
15 Jun 11
we need sustainable development and it will be great if we improve our technology and habits. The best way to reduce paper use is by printing emails only when extremely necessary and recycling paper
@even1217 (61)
• China
29 Mar 11
helllo albto, I like reading in books. I am always tired of reading by computer just like you, especially my eyes.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
It´s kind of tired, right?, and what about in the morning, when you wake up after a long time reading in the computer the night before?, awful.
• China
30 Mar 11
yes I totally agree with you. the eyes are sore and red.
• China
16 May 11
You know,if I have enough money to buy every book I like,I would definetly go for paper.It provides the most reading pleasure while computer just can't.And yes,it hurts your eyes if you reading too long in front of a computer.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
13 Jun 11
Thank you for your response, Rabbitcanfly, and, I wish I had enough money myself, unfortunatly, I don´t :-), I try to read some on the computer, but I find it tired and boring, so, I print, books that I find specially interesting. It´s kind of expensive too, but, when I find a good book I have to read to the end.
• Philippines
3 May 11
I enjoy reading in Papers not in computer. its to hard to read in computer. Difficult to read on the computer because eyesore fatigue quickly tired my eyes when I read in the computer.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
4 May 11
I also find it very tired to read for a long period in the computer, though it is an excelent way to get new material to read, I prefer the paper books, specially for reading at nights.
@neenie (344)
• United States
1 Apr 11
Both are good, but I usually prefer paper books. Even though I have a laptop, I feel that you can bring a book anywhere. And sometimes I just like reading a book! Books tend to have a smell to them and I love that smell :)
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
1 Apr 11
I also find that I prefer paper books, but it is mostly because reading by the computer produces me eye-strain, and even headaches, but I know what you mean, there is something about having a book in your hands and reading it page by page that is hard to describe
@keshia2007r (2884)
• United States
29 Mar 11
Paper books definitely. It's just not in me to read word from word, paragraph from paragraph on a computer screen. It actually frustrates me, to say the least. Reading from the computer can cause a lot of eye strain and other problems. All in all, some reading from the computer is good, but not a lot. But definitely I prefer paper books, it keeps me sane.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
1 Apr 11
Hi Keshia, I often read late at night, after my labours, and I do it a couple of hours or so, I download a e-book from time to time, but I find that it hurts my eyes after a few minutes, so, for me, paper books, as well.
@dodo19 (42603)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
29 Mar 11
I don't really mind. But I do prefer reading paper books. I have an easier time reading paper books. I don't mind either way, but I have a slight preference for paper books rather than computer.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Yours is a refreshing comment, specially from someone so young, don´t get me wrong, is just that most of the young people I know, don´t read from paper, if ever reading at all. I have most of my preferences to paper books, i like the computer, but I find it very tired.
@tiffnkeat (1678)
• Singapore
29 Mar 11
I am still the old-fashioned reader...paper anytime. I like to be able to flip the pages and mark them with dog-ears, scribble on them or even doodle ideas. What about you?
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
I prefer the paper ones, it is an experience in itself, but I have been reading in the computer a well, and it´s nice too, only thing is that it is a bit tired for your eyes, but you are right, it is better by far to read in the paper book.
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
29 Mar 11
Hi albto_568! This is a very nice topic! I have a lot of books in my house that I haven't read yet. I'm not a big reader of "physical" books. I prefer more reading online news from local and international ones, or reviews about movies, albums, and I love "how to" documents. With internet is more fast to look what you're looking for and we've a big source of information that is Wikipedia. I will read a book only if I have to, or if I have to read a book with a lot of pages, that on my computer I can't read 300 pages because after my eyes will hurt. So I'm reading more and I prefer online reading but only quite short articles or ebook. Have a nice day!
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Hi jamz82, and thank you for your comment, I do love to read, and I like long novels and other stories, but you are right, if looking for information or news the internet is the better source by far, but it tires my eyes pretty soon.
@dheckerz (473)
• Philippines
29 Mar 11
For me it depends. If I read on notes for my studies i usually prefer the paper one so that I could highlight,underline and do some markings so that I can retain the informations and easier for me to remember the key things. But if I'm just reading novels or interesting topics i'd prefer online.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Really?, for me is just the opposite, when reading for pleasure, I prefer the paper book, so I can rest for hours in bed, or a couch, and pass the pages and get into the plot completely. While doing a study or another task, I prefer online, I find it easier to do highlilght and savings this way. I suppose it is a matter of preferences.
• United Kingdom
29 Mar 11
There's nothing like the experience of reading a good book and I'm referring to a physical book, something you can hold in your hands and slowly turn the pages, that's an experience in itself! You cannot do this when you read a book online. I love technology and all things computer but when it comes to reading I have to have a new book that I can add to my bookshelf, slowly building up my collection! That's another thing about reading online it may be detrimental to the eyes and could eventually cause eyestrain! I know that amazon are selling this new gadget now called kindle and you can purchase and download books on to this device and I suppose it's very handy and convenient if this takes your fancy but I would probably use it as a dinner tray or something! Reading is my life and it gives me so much pleasure so I want to make sure that nothing pulls me away from that experience and reading online will definitely do this! Andrew
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Thank you for your comment Andrew, I feel exactly the same as you. The experience of reading a good book, while resting after a long working day, is an irreplaceable experience, I did´t know about this gadget of amazon, but, I am not sure if it would be worth to buy, even as a dinner tray, at least for any of us. Thanks again for your comments.
• China
29 Mar 11
I tend to look throught news or entertain in my computer.When I'm learning or reading a lot,I constantly turn to books printed on paper.I am 26 years old and I start to use computer when I was 15.So I think my preference arises from my experience.However,there are plenty of valuable resources in syberspace,so we all need to make better use of them.:)
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Yes, you are right, internet, is an almost endless source of information, of all types, and we must do a good use of it. Paper reading has its advantages and inconveniences, but it´s, to my taste, the best way for reading for a long period.
• Australia
29 Mar 11
I prefer paper book. Because using my laptop for long time makes my eyes watering, it hurt. So I can't use an IPAD 2 read And 4 paper books, I like the feeling of holding a book in hands
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
I prefer paper books as well, but the computer has some practical features, so, I use it sometimes, but only in short pieces.
@wiggles18 (2522)
• Canada
29 Mar 11
Do you guys know you can turn down the brightness and contrast of your computer monitors to have it better suited for reading???? I do this sometimes when I am reading a lengthy piece online. It makes a huge difference when you switch the settings- much more relaxing on the eyes/ and the words seem to stand out more than usual. I prefer books for longer reading, but like using the computer to read short pieces better(usually because I can keep my place easier/even on specific sentences by using the highlight function and what not...
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Of course I know that I can adjust brightness, but, even so, when reading for a long time, the eyes become more tired than when reading a traditional book
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
29 Mar 11
I always prefer reading a real book that I can hold in my hands. Reading too much on a computer screen hurts my eyes.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
Nothing replaces the paper book, I also prefer to use it, sometimes I read in the computer, sometimes, I have to, but nothing is better than resting in my favourte couch with my book.
• United States
29 Mar 11
i love reading and i more enjoyed my reading on an old paper book.i also do reading on computer sometimes but i cant stay long i feel tired fast,my eyes start watering and make me feel sleep.i can stay long reading on an old paper books,i can read on it all day but not on the computer.so me,i choose reading on an old paper books.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
I feel the same way than you do, for me, nothing replaces the paper book who allows me to rest quitely while reading, and does not hurt my eyes.
• United States
29 Mar 11
For me it's a mixture of both. I usually have a computer/digital version and a print version of whatever it is I am reading. It's for the reasons you mentioned and a few others. The bright does tired my eyes as well. Also, I tend to do a lot of bathtub reading so the computer...yeah...not a good idea for that lol. So for me it's a mix but I could honestly do with or without the digital reading.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
29 Mar 11
For me, I prefer the paper reading, I use the computer for short stories, or texts, because, as you mentioned, while in the bathtub, or toilet there´s nothing better, besides, it´s a lot tired to read at the computer, and far less pleasure.
• India
8 Jun 11
With all the environmental issues I finally decided to spend less on the paper books and rather switch to ebooks i.e the pdf books. reading on laptop has some problems like I get diverted and is not able to concentrate on the book. Also the screen reading puts a great strain on eyes. So i am using a mixed approach by reading books made by recycled paper and read from an ebook where I have to read some parts of the books and try to increase concentration by taking notes of the ebook.
• Philippines
16 May 11
I grew up reading books and perhaps even in the technological advances in reading, I'll continue to stick to the paper bound or hardbound version of stories. Don't get me wrong, I also read some electronic material especially if the book is out of print and I cannot find it in my trusty bookstore. However, I have a lot of reasons why I still prefer the paper over the computer. My first consideration is my eye condition which sometimes requires me to stay away from my computer monitor. Another consideration is the psychology of turning the page. I feel that I miss turning the pages of a book after spending a lot of time reading something in a computer. Lastly, the paper gives me the comfort of a body position. I have the habit of reading even in my bed and my computer sometimes makes it uncomfortable and a source of worry. I also have the concern of wasting paper but I make up for that for participating in tree planting activities in our town.
• Canada
7 May 11
I prefer reading from paper books. For one, the screen's glare begins irritating my eyes with prolonged exposure. When reading a textbook, I like to make notes in the margins also for example. I can't really do that on the computer. Lastly, there is no substitute to the smell of a good book (for me at least)! :)