Kindle vs. printed book
June 11, 2011 11:51am CST
Would you rather buy a Kindle, or do you prefer to actually flip the pages of a hard-copy book? I know in my case, I refuse to buy a Kindle--there's no way I'm giving up the old-fashioned book. There's just something about holding a book and turning real pages that makes me refuse to "upgrade" to a Kindle.
11 Jun 11
I prefer real books, but I have an ebook reader as well (not a Kindle though, I got another brand instead), it is really convenient for travelling and for stuff like that since you can fit so many books into it. So one option does not have to exclude the other!
7 Jul 11
I was like you for a long time. I clung to my printed books, denouncing ebook readers at every opportunity and sticking with the belief that reading anything on one would be like reading off of a computer screen: unpleasantly bright and tiring. However, when I received one as a Christmas gift, I had no choice but to try it out. I won't claim to have had a sudden epiphany regarding my choice of literature format, but I learned that the ebook experience was actually quite pleasant. The screen was just like paper, without any glare or distortion when the device was moved, and no backlight. I felt comfortable holding the reader, and the screen was not too small for my eyes. In all, I liked the little gadget despite its non-book status. The greatest thing about my ebook reader is that it allows me to download books that I could not find anywhere else. I have downloaded "The Age of Chivalry" and "Aesop's Fables" from a website called manybooks.net. There are many similar websites out there that offer downloadable versions of the classics and more, allowing today's reader to access all of history's great books without having to spend a penny (except for the cost of an ebook reader) or rely on a library (which may not always have what you're looking for). In all, I still prefer the weight and feel of a real, printed book, but my ebook reader allows me to expand my library and my knowledge of literature without having to pay for the classics.
• United States
16 Jun 11
I use both. It doesn't have to be an either/or. The Kindle is very good for me because I don't have much space for more books and getting them on Kindle means I don't have to get rid of my current books to make room for new ones. But, I also love the feel and smell of paper books, and I can spend hours in the library reading regular books. There's also the fact that not all books are available on Kindle, so sometimes I still buy books that way. And, there are some books that I do want to get as paper books. But, ultimately, for me, the main thing is the story or the information if it's non fiction. The packaging it comes in isn't the most important aspect of the book. Although, as much as I do enjoy the Kindle, I wouldn't want to see regular books fall by the wayside. I love receiving books as gifts and I don't think seeing the titles appear on my Kindle list would have the same effect as tearing off wrapping paper and seeing a hard copy book there.
• United States
15 Jun 11
I would rather use the real book myself. I do not have a kindle and I do not believe in spending that much to buy one when you have to buy the books on it afterwards. I would understand if you pay that much money for a device that has all the books already posed on them which comes with the price included!
• United States
4 Jul 11
I'd rather stick to the old-fashioned books, I just love the feeling of flipping the pages, but sometimes it IS more conveinent to have a kindle on you, you can just fit it in your page and read on the go.