Do you like to read ebooks? Or do you prefer paper books? I read both but I have to admit that paper books are my favorite. I think one reason I love paper books is because sometimes I get to a point in my reading where I want to turn back to check on something I read and I find it harder to do in an ebook. I must be more of a hands-on, visual sort of person because there is something about turning the pages of a book that is more satisfying to me. I like being able to see how much more I have left to read and when I am reading an ebook, even though it gives me the percentage I have read, my head just doesn’t seem to comprehend that as well.
A paper book dropped in the water, while not exactly in the same condition after its dunking, can at least be dried out and still read most of the time. An e-reader probably will not fare as well. For those of us who like to soak in the bathtub while reading a book, this means that an e-reader is not a good choice.
I do love my e-reader when I am going to an appointment or when I am traveling. I love it for the portability and also for the number of books I can take with me, especially when I am almost at the end of a book and have a lot more time left in which to read. It’s nice to have another book or two, (or a thousand or more) to choose from when that book is done, without the added weight of those same books. I am laughing as I write this because on my recent trip to England, I managed to bring home a suitcase full of paper books.
I think ebooks are wonderful for those who like to read older novels but are allergic to dust and the musty smell of an old book. This is also true of those who do not have much living space but are addicted to books.
What about you? Do you have a preference or does it not matter?