Kindles VS Books – The Ultimate Bookish Question!
In which I talk about the pros and cons of both Kindles and Books.
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Kindle Vs Books!
The ultimate bookish question. Although I don’t really see why it should be.
They both have their places. A kindle is more practical, other than the battery life, and a book is more tactile. And of course no kindle will ever have that book smell.
A lot of people tell me they prefer the new book smell but, for me, I prefer the scent of really old books. Not books that have been lounging around for a few years and smell like your average living room. But the old, dusty tomes that have picked up the scent of ages.
I love books
so that I can have a physical copy of a story in my hand, to be able to turn the pages. To not have to worry about battery life. To be able to actually see that it actually exists and not worry that I might inadvertently delete it, or corrupt the file, or that Amazon will one day collapse and take my books with it.
But with the kindle there are definite advantages.
For instance- the dictionary. Recently I read Beowulf and it has been a godsend for me. It means that any time I come across a term I can’t quite glean the meaning of I can look it up without searching for a dictionary, and then having to juggle everything, which would inevitably end up with me losing my place, dropping the dictionary on my toe, and then forgetting the meaning of the word when I come to reread the sentence, and then repeating the whole thing over the next time the word comes along again.
The version of Beowulf I have also has little notes added by the person who published it. These clarify certain sections and tell me some of the histories that makes the story not make so much sense if you don’t know about it.
It’s really nice to be able to click a hyperlink that brings up a note on the page, so you don’t have to thumb to the back of the book.
Kindles are also useful to find new authors.
I used to be terrible for having to read a book I didn’t enjoy because I have the physical book, if I don’t read it it’s a waste of shelf space and money.
Whereas trying out a book on a kindle, it’s often cheaper, you don’t have to worry about it cluttering up your shelves, so I feel less obliged to finish it. Or even if it’s an OK story, but not one I’d want on my shelf, I don’t begrudge it kindle space, but I would if I had to move my Pratchett books to make space for it.
That means that my physical books can now be books that I love.
And will carry with me, and pick up again and again, whereas the Kindle is a sort of test book, or a travel library, that I can take with me wherever I go without having to have masses of books taking up space, or worry about damaging the books whilst they travel with me. It also means I can decide much more easily which books I would love to have as a physical item.
Do you prefer Kindles, books, or both and why?
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