questionse-book or hard copy book, what do you prefer to…

vote-for49vote-against
vote-for9vote-against

Paper books all the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXiUFzDcMcI

From about :08 to :29 Maurice Sendak sums up my thoughts on ebooks.

Besides the fact that I prefer to read ink on paper than a screen (even e-ink or whatever it's called just doesn't look right to me), I just like the feel of holding an actual book.

vote-for15vote-against

Moving away from books was something that was hard for me; I like the experience, up to and including the smell of a new book. However, I really like my ebook reader. It's light, multifunctional, and filled with any book I want whenever I am. The occasional having to charge it happens a lot less than my forgetting to bring a paperback with me. It's also less prone to taking damage, something I always hated doing to books when I tossed them in a bag.

vote-for11vote-against

I do like that an e-reader can hold so many books. But I just like the feel of a book in my hands, and turning an actual page. Call me old fashioned. I prefer to read printed words on an actual collection of paper pages.

vote-for5vote-against

Kill a tree, I don't want to have to worry about losing power (which happens frequently in Western Washington in the winter, when it is wet and windy) and I love the weight of a book in my hands.

vote-for6vote-against

Paper books all the way, especially old books that have that vintage book smell. Actually feeling the history in your hands - can't do that with a ebook.

vote-for7vote-against

I still feel the same as 4 months ago when I asked a similar question. Love my kindles; also love my hard-bound book library. :-D

vote-for7vote-against

I like books.. real books, made out of paper, that I can put on my shelf, or loan to a friend.

vote-for12vote-against

I do enjoy a real book. But I can't read any more without glasses and I have some kind of problem feeling connected to the book (or whatever else I am doing) when I have glasses on. It's hard to find large print books, but when reading on an electronic device I can scale the print to my comfort level. So I think I am going to have to fall on the side of EBooks, despite all the wonderful elements of paper books.

vote-for8vote-against

I love the convenience of my Kindle app on my phone, and am really getting used to reading electronic format books, but I still prefer a paper book. A hundred years from now, technology will change and, unless the e-book is converted along the way, its contents could be lost to the ages. With paper, my great-great-great grandchildren may pick up a book and enjoy it every bit as much as I did (though they may not be able to relate to the contents as well).

vote-for6vote-against

I'm totally partial to the printed books, but did download a couple of ebooks onto my Xoom recently. The books that I am about sure that I'll keep for the long run I want a hard copy of. Those that I think I'll read once and thats it, I may see what the ebook concept is like.
As @theoneill555 said, power outages in Western Washington happen more often than I'd like and having a hard copy of a book helps. I read probably 75% of 11/22/63 when the power was out little over a week ago. I'd have gone crazy sitting in the dark without a book!

vote-for8vote-against

prefer paper but do have an e-reader. I really enjoy books that the paper has rough edges and aren't machine cut smooth.

vote-for6vote-against

I like the eBooks as far as Amazon's 100 cheap books a month because I can try out new authors much cheaper. But if there's a book I really like, I want a hard copy because I re-read books numerous times, but don't remember the titles. Having a list on my Kindle isn't much help.

vote-for5vote-against

Don't understand why a paper copy book in a power outage is better than an e-reader. Both need a source of light to read if it's dark. Clip-on lights, candles, battery powered lanterns, flashlights and so on. If you're talking about the e-book needing a charge - use your car charger. Lots of power outages where I live, too. Easy to read books on my Kindle w/a clip-on light. ;-)

vote-for7vote-against

I agree that an Ereader can not compare to holding an actual book. I certainly never thought I would like reading electronically. my children for years have been trying to force me into the 21st century, lol. For those who have chronic pain, the ereader is much lighter than most bug books. I am also one of those who read more that one book at a time, so an ereader means that I can carry more than one book at a time. Yet the best thing is when I read I like to have a dictionary handy, to highlight a word and in an instant have the meaning of the word is extremely useful.

vote-for7vote-against

I'm firmly in the middle on this. (That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!) I love the smell and feel and weight of a paper book and much prefer reading them that way ordinarily. However, I have found that I cannot, under any circumstances, get rid of a book I have bought, so my house overfloweth with books! I am trying, trying, trying to go with eBooks as much as possible. If my Kindle or my Cloud get full, at least I won't have to clear a path through the chaos when company arrives!

vote-for6vote-against

At home, paper books. At work or traveling, ebooks are easiest. Especially when "reading a magazine."

vote-for6vote-against

I would much rather have all my textbooks and supplemental texts on my iPad. I hate lugging around these heavy Chem books. If they also had the ability to make annotations and highlights, that would be even more awesome. Of course, nothing I need is available in that format (or my college bookstore doesn't offer it). I really enjoy reading on a tablet or ereader, paper books are just primitive.

vote-for5vote-against

I love the feel of a book in my hands, traveling is for kindles tho.

vote-for7vote-against

I used to really enjoy a real book, but the more I've used the various tablets I have as readers, the more I've come to realize that I don't miss real books much, if at all, any more.

vote-for7vote-against

I used to be firmly in the paper book camp until I starting bringing my Nook with me on vacations. I typically read 4-5 books on a vacation. Being able to take a single device with me to replace all those books sure is convenient. And I'm finding that I'm getting used to the next page button almost as much as turning a physical page. I still buy paper from time to time, but much less than I used to.

vote-for6vote-against

Will add another strong point for e-readers - you have an almost unlimited supply of FREE books. Yes, I know, the library offers 'free' books, too. ;-) Very different. When I read an e-book that I love & want to reread, it's always there in archives. If it's a book I want to add to my hard-bound library, I do that, too. Both have value to me. They complement each other.

vote-for6vote-against

@bnbsouthworth: per you request. You're old fashioned!

vote-for7vote-against

I love my ereader. I've been a big reader since childhood, and now love having an e-reader. It's nice to be able to take a ton of books with you anywhere, plus, being able to download from the library instead of going there. I just love it!

BTW-I have a Sony Wi-Fi E-Reader and a Sony PRS-650 Love them both, but I'm really love the Wi-Fi now.

vote-for8vote-against

I thought I'd never be able to give up physical books, and I still probably prefer them, but I have been getting used to and really liking reading books via the Kindle app on my tablet.

Basically, if I have the physical book, I'll choose that, but for the big selection of free classics, I use my tablet.

vote-for6vote-against

I thought moving away from physical books would be tough, but I've found it to be totally painless even though I usually read on my 4.1 inch smart phone. I guess I would probably still prefer paper, but the convenience of the phone and of ebooks is just too great. I love that it is always with me and is very light and can be easily read in the dark.

vote-for5vote-against

Kindle. I'll buy a paper book once in awhile but usually that's because I can't get it cheaper on Amazon, Smashwords or some file sharing site. If that's the case, I go to eBay and look for the book I want being sold in a Lot to get the best bang out of my buck.

vote-for5vote-against

I still enjoy the occasional paper book, but I have a hard time keeping my place sometimes when my bookmark falls out :p

vote-for6vote-against

Depends on the book. More & more I'm reading on the Kindle, but ebooks just don't look as good on my shelves.

vote-for5vote-against

This is a great question. One of my most enjoyable experiences as a child was going to the local public library. I loved it. I was introduced to authors I would never of dreamed of reading. Ebooks just aren't the same in that sense. Know what I mean?

vote-for4vote-against

i love to prefer e-book,i always view stories with e-books!

vote-for3vote-against

paper books are better for me
my eyes are painful several minutes after reading an e-book

vote-for5vote-against

I like both, however I do love owning physical books. I would always buy them instead of taking them out from the library. If I didn't get a kindle as a present I would probably never get one, but I do love it.

vote-for5vote-against

Paper books. I don't really know if it's because they're better or I'm just biased toward hard copies of books because I haven't tried it.

vote-for6vote-against

i thought i would hate ebooks, but now that i have my kindle i love it. I havnt read this much in a long time!

vote-for6vote-against

I prefer real books. I have my ereader and it's really convenient for travel - so that's what it's used for. But until the pricing problems get handled, I'll stick to real books.

vote-for7vote-against

I thought I'd love reading books on my tablet, until one night when I was up reading later than I should have been; I had my head propped up on a folded pillow, and the bottom of the tablet on my chest (positioned vertically). Then BAM!!! I dozed off and my tablet fell forward, smacking me in the face. So now I read on the tablet in the Lay Z Boy, and when I get tired I move to bed. I liked it better when a book just fell to the wayside and I could just keep sleeping.

vote-for6vote-against

With real books, I usually crack it open and smell the pages. I love the smell of the ink on the paper. Maybe I sniffed too much of that purple gelatin ink on the slightly damp paper as a kid.

vote-for6vote-against

i prefer my e-reader (kindle keyboard model). it's typically lighter, and i hate the smell of old books..

vote-for7vote-against

@mellielou: I've had that happen to me too. When it comes to which would rather have fall on your head, (most) paper books beat e-readers. Unless you're reading a War & Peace hardcover.

vote-for5vote-against

The problem I have with an e-reader is the paradox of choice. When I have all my books with me I will choose to read one thing and then decide I want to read another. When I have one book with me, I'm focused on that book and that book alone. Barry Schwartz has a book about this (you can get the kindle edition or the paper edition): http://www.amazon.com/Paradox-Choice-Why-More-Less/dp/0060005688

vote-for1vote-against

@bnbsouthworth: You pretty much hit my opinion spot on. I like reading a dead tree book better. However, I always have my e-reader with me, with multiple books on it.