Sunday, February 8, 2015

E-book or Paperback - which one you prefer?

Kindle or Paperbacks?

Last year when I won Tornado book giveaway, my long forgotten passion raised its head & claimed my attention, reading which was my favorite hobby, had somewhat got laid back while attending daily chores of my life. 

My hands were itching to write about this topic as that was the 1st time I was introduced to e-books and I wanted to share my experience.

I fell in love with books, ever since I can remember. I loved the smell of new books, its crisp printed pages, it's hard bound or colorful cover. Ask any book lover why and what they love and you’ll see a twinkle in their eyes while describing their 1st love.

Don't we all do it?

In the days when technology was not that advanced, people used to satisfy their thirst for knowledge, their hunger of reading, by reading books – hard backs, paperbacks, journals etc. adorned their bookshelves. They displayed their treasure with pride to their friends and fellow book lovers. They used to take care of their collections as prized possessions.

For a book lover or a voracious reader, a room full of books was like a jackpot; various authors, various genres, various shapes and size, some bought at a throw away price at some sale, some bought by waiting in queue for hours before its release… those were the days and those were the life we lived.

My Treasure 
But now, with the advent of new technologies, slowly people are moving from paperbacks to e-books. Gone were the days when you needed a big room or space to store your 1000 books. In today’s scenario, 1000s of books can be stored in a laptop or kindle. You need not carry all the bulk in your backpack while on move. 1 laptop or kindle is all you need, which is light in weight and can easily fit in your purse or bag.

Easy to carry-Kindle

But I would like to ask all book-lovers 1 question…

Personally which one do you prefer e-book or paperback?

When I asked this question to some of my friends the answer I got was – we like the old fashioned way of reading; Paperback anytime and all-time favorite of everyone.

Though e-books are easy to carry and store, it can't be replaced or compared to the feel 1 gets while reading a book. You don’t get the satisfaction of reading, while sprawling on your bed or sofa, the folding of the right-hand corner of the page to bookmark or getting the various colorful bookmarkers when you don’t want to spoil the crisp pages of your new book, exchange of books with your friends etc. etc. These little moments of joy or satisfaction are missed while reading an e-book.

Even though I have now read few e-books I just don’t get the satisfaction of having read a book. The joy of having read a book or of having completed an e-book is missing.

After having read this some will label me as old fashioned, but I know many will agreed with me.

Though carrying an e-book might be a convenient option for a person on move but I love to carry a book, no matter even if am able to carry only 1 on a month long tour, I love my paperbacks.

So, if given an option - e-books or paper back, which one would, all bookworms choose? Protection Status


  1. Yes yess. Paper back.. Any time :) Supperb article!!!

  2. People who receive a tablet or e-book reader for the holidays might wind up spending some sleepless nights because of their new gadget.

    That's because the light emitted by a tablet like an iPad can disrupt sleep if the device is used in the hours before bedtime, according to a new Harvard study.

    People who read before bed using an iPad or similar "e-reader" device felt less sleepy and took longer to fall asleep than when they read a regular printed book, researchers found.
    people found it harder to wake up and become fully alert than after reading a regular book -- even though they got the same amount of sleep.

    The bright light from these devices appears to suppress melatonin, a sleep-promoting hormone that normally increases during the evening and reaches its highest levels as you sleep.


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