The dreaded question. Are eBooks better than paper books? I've wanted to write this post for a really long time, but because I had never gotten my hands on an eReader, I figured I was probably not suited for this. However, in the past few months, I've been reading a lot on my iPhone (mostly because I get review copies on .mobi). I have experienced the eBook phenomenon enough to write an honest review, so here we go!
Obviously, reading a paper copy feels way better than an eBook. You get to feel the pages, flip through pages and (if you're into this kind of stuff) crack the spine. The feeling of going through pages, using a bookmark and post-it notes can never be replicated by eBooks, and will never be. Physical copies are also weighing, and maybe this is just me, but I love the weight of books. It makes them feel real!
I have to give this one to eBooks, sadly. They are easier to store and keep organized, because a virtual library is organized for you. It's easy to find what you need, everything is in alphabetical order, and finding a page or a sentence is way easier on electronic versions. Books are large, which makes them harder to carry, especially on long trips where your suitcase/carry on is already incredibly packed.
Now this one is where I hesitate a lot. Physical books are expensive when new. Even paperbacks are $10 and up, and as bookworms, we like to have a lot of them, let's be honest. However, many eBooks are only $1 or even free on certain websites or for certain occasions. I would have to give this one to eBooks also, but you also have to keep in mind that the eReader itself costs money!
This easily goes to eBooks, I'm sorry. They are tiny to hold and fit perfectly in your hand, and unlike books, they stay the way you want them to stay. Floppy paperbacks are fine but hardcovers that won't stay "still" ruin my reading experiences sometimes. Although they are smaller to read on, the special eReader screen still makes it easy on the eyes.
Physical books, hands. Down. Nothing will ever been a physical book, because of how much history and culture they have to them. Physical books have been with us for so long, and it would be a shame if we ever stopped making them.
To wrap up this debate, I think that what I'm trying to say is that no matter how practical, portable, and fast eReaders are, physical books will never lose their place in my heart, and in the hearts of bookworms across the world. It all comes down to if you value practicality over authenticity, but I think that this debate shouldn't even exist in the first place. Both are good in their own ways, and personally, I think that having both is a good idea. eReaders are great for travelling, but for a cozy day at home, ditch the Kindle and grab yourself a book from your shelf!
I hope you enjoyed this and I hope that my own experience as a student has helped you decide. Thanks for reading!