Book Chat #1: eBooks!

Hi everyone! I have decided to do a “Book Chat” post every so often, and each Book Chat will have a different topic, like my opinion on different book genres, what I look for in a good story, and things like that.

So this week’s topic is… eBooks! (Or eReaders.)

I did a poll about eBooks earlier this month, and 50% of you said that you preferred real books because “Nothing can replace the feel of a book in your hands, and it’s a great way to get away from technology for a while.” 25% of you said that you preferred eBooks because “They’re much more convenient” and you “can have an entire library in one slim tablet!” The remaining 25% said that “It doesn’t matter” to you, because as long as you can read, you’re good.

So, what are some pros and cons of the eBook?

Pros

  1. eBook version of a novel is often cheaper. For instance, a hardcover book may cost $25, but if you buy it on an eBook, it can cost about $14.99.
  2. More convenient. You can literally carry around an entire library in your purse. You can have almost any book, any time, anywhere. (That way you won’t have to take your entire book collection on a simple car trip.) 😉
  3. Space-savers. If you devour books by the dozen, like me, then most likely, you have a huge overflowing bookcase or a towering stack of library books. With eBooks, you can own all those books in one slim tablet, and therefore you have a less cluttered room.
  4. Ease of reading. With most eBooks, you can do things like enlarge the font or change the colour of the page. (Obviously you can’t do that with regular, good old-fashioned books.)

Cons

  1. Costly! Yup, if you want to buy an eReader, prices can range from around $50 to $200. (Not to mention actually buying the virtual books.) Real books, however, are usually around the $10-$30 area.
  2. You don’t actually buy a book. You buy a license, and yes, that license can be taken away. Some eBook companies can actually delete those virtual “books,” and *poof*, they will disappear from your virtual bookshelf. (Not to say that they usually do, but they have the power to.)
  3. Personal love. Some books just have personal value— you can take a specific book in your hand, and remember your late grandma, who gifted that book to you on your 12th birthday, or you can remember that you bought it at your favourite bookstore, the one that closed down last year. eBooks simply don’t offer that option (most likely you won’t stare at your screen and think, “Oh, I remember that I bought this with my cousin’s gift card!”).
  4. Tradition and attachment. Books are objects that we can actually get attached to. Reading your favourite copy of a novel after a bad day can give you the same feeling of being with a good friend. With eBooks, you can’t hold or smell or love that dog-eared, faded old copy.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each side— that’s true. The decision to read or not to read eBooks is up to us. Some of us find eBooks to be more convenient, and others find books to be comforting. But either way, books are books, and the story, and the feelings that story gives us, is what counts. Don’t you agree? 😀

-Yasimone

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