Anyway, it seems like I’m having this discussion more and more, especially since I work at a bookstore. Older readers are getting more and more into eReaders, some reluctantly while others freely embrace them. While readers of my generation, GenXers, seem to have lovingly embraced from the beginning. And then there are the Millennials in which everything is electronic and try to take it away from them. Most of the questions I get from Millennials after they inquire about a book is, ‘Can I download it on my eReader?’ It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Anyone who knows me knows that I prefer a print book. Why?
Why I prefer Print books
- I like holding a book in my hands
- I like turning the pages
- I like seeing the progress I’ve made. How much I’ve read. How much I have left.
- I feel like I retain what I read more
- I feel more connected to the story
Why I like eBooks
I hear a lot of people cite convenience as a reason for reading eBooks vs Print books, but I don’t find them any more convenient. Well, maybe that’s not wholly true. There is some level of convenience. If you’re travelling and there is no bookstore and of course if it’s one of those dastardly eBook only books.
In college I became a lover of eBooks. As a Literature major not having to lug around all those Dickens books or Emerson or Twain or any individual author books was awesome. It was bad enough I had to lug around on any given day two anthologies and notebooks, but then to play Tetris with a bunch of mass market paperback books. A puzzle that never got put together properly.
Why I don’t like eBooks
It’s simple really. They’re not print books.
- I don’t like swiping my finger to ‘turn’ a page
- I don’t like not being able to physically measure progress. I know some eBooks give tell you how far you’ve come percentage wise, but as I said earlier I like to touch that progress
- It’s something about reading on a computer screen after you’ve spent all day at work on a computer
I didn’t mention Audiobooks here because I don’t hear as many visceral reactions to them. I know there are some people out there that don’t feel that they constitute as reading, but that is complete and utter HOKUM.
People I meet seem to be of the mindset, ‘I can take them or leave them.’ During holiday travel there is usually an uptick in audiobook purchases.
And I will tell you that audiobooks got me through a Shakespeare class.
Oh, and by the way, I like the toilet paper hang under.