With technology advancing so quickly, many popular books and textbooks are released in ebook formats as well. Do you prefer to read books made of paper or do you have an ereader, such as a Kindle, or do you read from your laptop, or handheld electronic devices, such as an IPad or IPhone? With so many mediums now available and so many books released in electronic formats, there are so many benefits to reading electronically; however, sometimes there is nothing that can replace the traditional way. What do you find most comfortable and convenient way of reading?
I do both. Since I'm packing to move house I'm currently acutely aware how much space books can take up and how dusty they can get. I have a Kindle, and I like that it's lightweight, compact (a lot more so than the paper versions of the dozen or so books I have on it would be) and nobody can see what I'm reading. On the other hand it is a bit unreliable (I have had problems lately trying to get it to charge) which is never a problem with a "real" book. Also, I would never take my Kindle in the bath, but I love doing that with traditional books.
There is something lovely about having a book in your hands so I don't think ebooks will ever replace them entirely.
A book can slip into my bag, and I can take it with me....
I also like stories on computer, I don't have a iPhone, or iPad.
If books ever became a thing of the past, I would become quite depressed....in fact, I just would hate that idea.
I prefer reading physical books though I have not read anything on an eReader. I agree with Jennifer that 'there is something lovely about having a book in your hands'. I also find that I am not as easily engaged by reading text on a screen as I am when reading text in a book.
As for textbooks, I can completely appreciate the practicality of carrying an eReader compared to that of carrying a load of books! Having said that, I like to physically annotate and highlight text as I read and I cannot do that on an eReader.
The problem of expensive books is quickly solved by borrowing from the library or purchasing second hand books, which has become even easier to do with the help of the internet.
I still love print books but find it convenient to have a collection of books I am working with in a small gadget I can carry around in my handbag or my back pocket! I do tend to read couple of books at the same time..so if I had to carry them around? but I most certainly wouldn't give up that feeling of touching a book or the smell of a book ever!
Having spent 39 years reading very long passages of info for work, multiple times each day, on computer, I love paper books instead!
When going for appts., ALWAYS take a book, a portable audio-cassette or CD player, & my ITablet now, with N/C headset! I'm fed-up with being taken in way past my time, so at least I've got something to interest ME, whilst I wait & wait, don't have to chat with others' or listen to the TV set-up!
E-books and I bless the day they were invented. I had nearly given up reading due to not being able to wrangle a book because of arthritis but my Kindle changed all that. I am now back to my old bookworm self.