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eBooks or printed books – that’s the question

I can’t seem to decide whether I should keep buying all my new books as eBooks and read them on my Kindle. It’s so easy to buy them. It’s cheap (I live in Norway, and it’s a lot cheaper to buy the books from Amazon), and I can start reading my new books within seconds after ordering them.

It took me a long time to discover sync, and how awesome it is to read a chapter on my iPhone/iPad, and continue to read from the exact page I left when I’m back on my kindle. I’m switching between various devices when I’m reading my eBooks.

But, there’s something missing.

It’s hard to explain, but I just love the feeling of holding a printed book. It’s something unique and great, about touching the paper, and turning the pages. I love putting the books I’ve read, in the bookshelf. I really enjoy looking at them, thinking about the time I read them. And, sometimes, when I’m looking at a cover, it reminds me of an important part of the book.

I still order a lot of print books, and at the same time, I keep reading eBooks. I don’t have a plan for when I’m ordering printed books or when I’m ordering an eBook, well, except for when I really want to start reading the book immediately. That’s the easy part.

What about you?

Do you still buy and read printed books, or are you all about eBooks by now?



8 responses to “eBooks or printed books – that’s the question”

  1. I LOVE print books, and I love going to bookstores (especially used book stores) where I can browse the pages, see the inscriptions that some have made on the cover pages, view the artwork, feel and sense the beauty of the book.

    I do read ebooks, but certainly not as frequently as paper. There is simply something special, nostalgic and beautiful for me in print books. Cheers! Kaarina

  2. Josh says:

    I like eBooks quite a bit but I almost always prefer to hold a real book.

  3. Donald Quixote says:

    When given the option I would much rather have a printed book over an ebook but I see more and more people moving to the ebook format. Do you think that eventually the printed format will dissapear?

    • Hi Donald,

      I’m like you. But, if I need the book fast, then I’ll order the ebook for my Kindle. And, I prefer ebooks when I’m traveling, this way I won’t have to carry many “heavy” books with me. I don’t think that printed books will disappear, but more people will definitively read ebooks. I’m curious to see how the market develops, and how book stores will look in the future.

  4. Ashvini says:

    Hi Jens,

    If you remember I asked the same question on my Facebook page.
    I purchased a kindle after that. Frankly it was a good decision because both my wife and I can buy and read books from the same device.
    Also it helps when you are travelling a lot to carry a Kindle with you as it is very lightweight.
    However I still buy books when I visit a shop. It is an impulse purchase and I like the look of many books on my bookshelf. Also some kind of books are evergreen , you would not want them on kindle ( for example biographies, books with pictures , comics) .
    I believe you should buy ebooks and print books both and use them as you feel.

  5. Hi Jens, I also prefer the feel of a printed book but I find that I don’t have printed books with me when I have the chance to read.

    You’re right, Whispersync is amazing. I don’t need to have my Kindle with me to read a Kindle book. I have read an entire book on my iPhone just because I always have it with me.

    I also like the search, notes and highlighting features of the Kindle.

    I’m afraid I haven’t read a print book in years.

    I actually read mostly audiobooks. I then can read while I’m doing other things such as driving, cooking, folding laundry, walking and getting ready for the day. I use Audible, which is owned by Amazon, and now can sync with Kindle books so I don’t lose my place whether I’m listening or looking at a book.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I’ve actually just ordered 10 printed books. I can’t wait to get them and start reading. I still read a lot of printed books, but like you, I don’t carry them with me. I read them when I’m at home or when I’m at the office. I still buy a lot of ebooks as well, but it’s been a while since I bought any books from Audible. I also enjoy audiobooks, but I mostly listen to them when I’m out walking or running.

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