Monday, July 2, 2012

E-books vs. Paperbacks: The Pro’s and Con’s of Reading Paperlessly - Guest Post by Amanda Watson

Happy Monday!

I have a guest blogger visiting my blog today. Amanda Watson is a freelance blogger who today writes about E-Books versus Paperbacks.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Amanda!

E-books vs. Paperbacks: The Pro’s and Con’s of Reading Paperlessly

I recently bought my first Kindle. It’s something I never thought I would do. An avid reader since childhood, I would teat through books from cover to cover. Still today, I love to escape with a great book. Smelling a fresh paperback and feeling the grain of the pages as I turn them has always given me a bit of peace of mind. I thought I would never be caught dead with some kind of electronic faux book. Not only did it seem unnecessary, I felt like it would surely take the fun out of reading in general. Then, as friend after friend tried e-books and recommended them to me, I finally gave in.

I was surprised by how easy it was to adjust to books in a digital format. Although it’s definitely different, I wasn’t left with the feeling of disgust that I was sure I’d have. After trying it out for a few months now, it’s safe to say that I’m actually enjoying my new Kindle. It’s handy and light and even makes me feel like a new, modern version of myself. But, there are still pro’s and con’s. And, with all that said, I will never completely leave my beloved paperbacks.

Here are some of the main positives where reading digitally is concerned:

1. Save trees

I initially told myself this because I thought it was the one redeeming quality of the Kindle. But, it really is true. The amount of paper I’ve saved in the few months of reading digitally is significant.

2. Download instantly

This is the best part about having a Kindle. Instead of having to go to the bookstore or order online, I can see a book I’d like to read, order it, and then start reading as soon as I want.

3. Less bulky

The Kindle is about the size of a regular novel, but without the bulk. It’s slim and light and can fit inside my purse.

4. Control font size

This is a really nice aspect of digital reading that I hadn’t considered before trying it. I don’t have to grapple with tiny or too-large font sizes anymore. I can adjust them to any size I like.

But, there are also some negatives to e-reading:

5. Dependent on technology

The problem with technology is technology. If my Kindle is not charged or, in some cases, does not have access to the internet, I can’t use it.

6. Expensive initial investment

Compared to going out and buying any old book, the Kindle is going to be more of an up-front financial investment. Sure, there are titles sold for around two dollars after that, but you will still need to swallow that initial cost.

7. Sometimes, you just want to turn a page

There will never be anything that truly compares to the feeling of reading a real book. It may be the sensory memories. It may be the fact that it’s one of the few things that can be done ‘un-plugged.” Whatever the reason, I will always prefer paperbacks when I get the urge to turn a page.

Amanda Watson is a freelancer blogger who writes about online mba programs and other topics pertaining to online higher education. You can reach Amanda at


Thank you, Amanda, for coming by and writing a post for Me and Reading!
Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. All that is so true! I've already gotten back in free and low cost book downloads the cost of my kindle plus I now have almost 400 books that I do not have to figure out how to find shelf space for them. Some of my favorites I still buy in paper copy.

    I've noticed that some books aren't out in e-reader format and there are some books in e-reader format that aren't out in paper copy so I enjoy using both for that reason too.

    Nice post!