i love books. i like to flip through each page, hold the book in my hands and if it is a new book i like to sniff the pages, take in the fresh smell and feel the glossy pages. A kindle is convenient but a book is a friend, a companion and something to cherish.
For the experience and pleasure, a book is always better because it is textile and more visceral. But if I am on the go, I prefer to take my kindle as it is lighter and won't get the pages damaged. It is also cheaper. You can get thousands of free books on the Kindle. These are books I would not otherwise buy/read.
hard copy books for me everytime .. tried a kindle... hated it.
To browse the shelves in a library is the best. All I have to do is go to a section in the library e.g: travel, history, language etc., and be inspired. The cover, the brief description of the book, leads me to discovery. bah... Kindle...
Perhaps it's because I haven't really tried a Kindle yet, but I prefer hard copies of books. I hate reading off a screen and I never end up engaged in what I'm reading, just racing through it before the battery runs out. Books I can take my time with.
I always favour a novel. In the past ten years the rise of tablets, iPads and hand held devices has been phenomenal; Googlebooks, as well as the availability of classic texts via the internet has meant that the book ceases to exist. The traditional penning of ink on to parchment is thus a rather old-fashioned method. I, however, am not a child of our time when it comes to a novel. What makes a novel 'novel' is the fact that it has been pressed with ink that might smudge if you press hard enough, the pages may get stained if your fingers are mucky, and when you're caught in the rain, it might become your make-shift umbrella.
A book has the ability to wear and tear, to weather the elements of life, and still becomes a tangible, legible possession whcich you can proudly own.
An interactive interface, with a bright screen (which can hurt your eyes, just like a TV), is not so suspectible to weathering. If you drop it, the kindle or tablet may break and you thus lose the library of twenty books you had catalogued. If you attempt to use a hand-held electronic device to save you from getting wet, it will be ruined.
It's safe to say I'm in favour of a book - pages of paper encased in a soft, or hardback cover
Book - I read in the bath, spa or on the beach - none of these are favourable to the kindle (or ipad) should you drop it. The book will dry out and be readable. Also I take it into the sauna...kindle would never survive that!
Until I read these answers I thought I was the only one left who'd not fallen in love with their kindle. Amongst all my friends I think I'm the only real book lover left. U truly get the benefits of a kindle; quick, easy, beats taking a second suitcase of books on holiday with you and it saves cutting down trees for books. But, try as I have done, I just love reading an actual book. I love the feel of turning the page, I life holding the book. I love going to my book shelf and picking up my well loved/well worn copy of Jane Austen. I even love the smell of a book. Okay, that last admission was slightly odd but when all is said and done I can't see me ever converting full time to a brightly lit screen no matter how convenient that might be.
I have to agree Helen. A book does something to me that a Kindle, or tablet of any kind would never. Granted, it's not so good for the environment, but, like you say, there's a significant difference, and the look, feel, and very smell (hehe), of a book is a damn sight better than a bright (cold) screen.
Kindles are great if you're travelling (especially O/S), where you're restricted by weight. You can fit thousands of books on it and it's not as heavy as a book can be at times, but I still prefer the feel of a book, especially soft covers. I find hard cover books heavy and cumbersome and hurt like buggery when you drop them on your toes/feet! Done too many times I can tell you! The anticipation of turning the pages and the feel/smell of a book, especially an older second hand book is the best. I hope books are never completely phased out of our lives by technology. Mandy E,
Sadly I feel books are already on the way out, but lets hope it won't be in our lifetime. Granted, there is still a demand, and of course, there are popular authors, but with everything available online, it's only becoming a sad reality.
-Maybe just pack a few soft cover novels in future! Haha.
I have 2 kindles, 1 basic and 1 kindle paperwhite. I must say that the experience is nowhere like reading a real book. It is better than reading from your computer, admittedly, and with the kindle paperwhite, you don't even need the light on. The kindle is lighter than a book in most cases, and it certainly beats carrying your whole book collection around. But then reading a real book has its own perks, where you can enjoy flipping through the pages and feel the smell of old papers.
You're right. It's a toss up because the benefits of a Kindle are obviously the weight, storage, ease of reading, etc, but then the experience and pleasure from reading printed text on a page is completely different. Oh the times we live in.
There's nothing like the feel of a book in your hands, the crinkle of the pages, getting into the perfect position and then moving to turn the page. I spend enough time looking at screens between my laptop, tv set and iphone, so it's refreshing to get back to paper when I do get the chance to read.
I LOVE my kindle on my Ipad... it's so convenient for travel, though if I see a book I want in an airport bookshop I will still buy it. On the Ipad I can have several books going at once which is one of my bad habits ( see the stack of real books by my bed, all in various stages of reading).If you have a house full of books as I do, digital reading offers a bit of relief and extra floor space.
I loved my Kindle when it first came out but now I just use the Kindle app on my iPhone. Why carry around an extra devise if you already have the capabilities with you. The only time I ever buy a book anymore is if it is not available on Kindle.
So far, a book! I haven't tried hard though. Just one book which was a reference one and was painful to flick around on. So much easier to look and back and fwd with real thing.
I will retry with fiction next time around.
Much prefer a paper book. One can get it as a HB, TPB, or PB. The feel of a book is better than a cold screen. Reading a book is easier on the eyes'.
When buying a new book, flip through its' pages & smell! It's like that beautiful 'new car' smell!
A book I can keep in my 'Lounge Library' & admire, & 'grab' anytime I like! Try doing THAT with a Kindle!
To have my books in Subject, & Size Order, is very pleasing. If I need to 'research' anything, I go to my Library, & can put my hand on book, as required.
I suppose coming from an era where books were loved, & appreciated makes all the difference!