I’ve had my Kindle for about a year now, and really enjoy reading with it. Lately, however, I’ve found that I’m enjoying reading paper much more. The media is portraying eBooks to be the way of the future, making paper books obsolete in the very near future, but I’m not sure that I completely agree with that. Here’s why:
Since my Kindle is an electronic device, for some reason it distracts me like any other electronic device tends to do. Instead of reading, I begin exploring different features, or trying something new like taking notes or highlighting passages. When reading a paper book, I don’t tend to feel those same distractions pulling me away from reading. I’m able to focus on the task at hand and get some major reading done.
When I’m reading a paper book, I feel more accomplished when I’m continuously turning the pages, and feel my left hand holding more pages than my right. With my Kindle, I simply press a button to “turn” the page, but there’s really no obvious clues as to how far I’ve gotten in the book, other than some page numbers at the bottom of the screen, which I rarely notice. This may seem trivial to some, and indeed it is a bit trivial to me, but it’s something I enjoy about paper books nonetheless.
With all of that being said, the numbers do seem to indeed show that eBooks are making a major entrance into the way people are reading today. Many companies now report selling more eBooks than paper books. People enjoy the convenience of being able to carry many books with a single device.
I think in the end, it really is all personal preference. Even though I may enjoy reading paper books, that doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t. I’m sure one day I’ll be able to overcome the issues I have with eBooks right now and enjoy them. That day may not come until the last paper books is made though :).
Do you enjoy paper books over eBooks?