I have loved books my whole life. My Mom read to me often, and I think that started my love for them. I still have the first book that I was able to read all on my own, Bears on Wheels (by the Berenstains).
While I have a Kindle (and love it), I won’t stop reading printed books.
10 Reasons I Won’t Stop Reading or Buying Printed Books
1. There’s just something special about having a book in your hands.
2. For books with lots of pictures, my Kindle just isn’t the best. Maybe if I had a Kindle Fire, I might feel differently. However, with the regular Kindle, pictures look great and sharp, but I don’t particularly want to read a book where the pictures are integral to the experience.
3. Sometimes, printed books are the same price (or cheaper) on Amazon as the Kindle editions. I know it shouldn’t matter, but if the book is within a couple of dollars on price, I often can’t help myself but want the book that is definitely mine to keep.
4. My library has books for the Kindle, but they still have way more in the way of printed books. (Plus, isn’t it fun to just wander through the library and see what you find?)
5. I want something to read during airplane take off and landing. I know, I’m not really flying all that often. But, I really don’t like flying and those are the times when I most need to be deeply engrossed in something.
6. My kids prefer printed books. I have bought books for the Kindle for them before, but they always prefer to have a printed books in their hands.
7. I like skimming through new books (even novels). I can’t help it – it’s just something I like to do. I especially like to do it with books with pictures, but will do it with books without pictures too. This habit is a lot more difficult on the Kindle.
8. There is less of a worry about loss or damage. Okay, sure – if you’re reading a $120 textbook or the like, then there could be just as much worry. But, it is typically less costly to replace a lost book than to replace a lost e-reading device.
9. If I want, I can sell or give away books that I don’t want anymore. Recently, we donated 150 books (mostly books for very little kids) from our bookshelves to the local library’s book sale that helps to raise money for the library. When I don’t want an eBook anymore, I just have a file that I can’t do anything with.
10. Reading a book instead of an eBook gives me time away from electronics. Everyone needs a little of that sometimes, don’t they?
Now, don’t worry if you’re a big e-reader fan. I’ve already got next week’s post prepared too, and you’ll like it.
What is the last printed book that you read? What’s your favorite book?
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