I have a serious problem when it comes to deciding how I should manage my book addiction and I’ve been sitting on this little list for a while. This is my personal pro/con list of why I love to hate and hate to love eBooks. Let’s get right to it.Pro #1: Travel
This, I would assume, is so obvious that it doesn’t need much of a defense. If you know me and how my life works, you know that I am a frequent transatlantic traveler. That being said, don’t think for a second that I haven’t lovingly packed a couple hardcover/ paperback books in my carry-on. I have. But you really can’t beat the magic that is carrying 5 books simultaneously on a Kindle (or your preferred device) safe and sound.
Con #1: Connection
Maybe I’m a freak, maybe I’m crazy, or maybe I’m the poster child for normalcy, but I just don’t connect to eBooks as well as paper. I think about how everything within the paper copy was a choice. The font, spacing, margins, even how the page numbers are displayed, was a choice in the publishing process. They wanted it a certain way, but my Kindle will defy their wishes without skipping a beat and switch it to my predetermined settings. Probably my biggest problem is that I love the smell of books, I love how it wafts up to you when you turn the page. I know there are candles for this, but it’s just not the same. I like physically turning the pages and swiping or tapping the margin just doesn’t do it for me. Pro #2: Damage Control
The technology gods smite me where I stand, but I am just 100 times less careful with my poor Kindle. Sure, it has a case and I’m fairly convinced that as long as I don’t throw it or run it over with a car, it will continue to endure, but when I have a paper copy of a book, hardcover or otherwise, it’s like a rare treasure that must be preserved and protected.
Con #2: Bookshelf Aesthetic
Not that my bookshelf is impressively full (I moved, give me a break), but you can’t collect eBooks and stare at them in satisfaction. I’ve seen some pretty amazing bookshelf porn from unbelievable shelves that take up a whole wall to a beautiful rainbow display. I want that (humans are materialistic by nature, right?). You can’t arrange your digital shelf based on spine color to create a picture so that’s a pretty big setback for me. Fun fact about Amber: ever since I saw Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as a kid, I’ve wanted a library in my house. It doesn’t have to be as big as the one in the castle, but the ladder on a track so that I may sing and swing from A to Q in one fell swoosh is a priority. Not to mention that paper books just look better if you want to have a bookish Instagram (I’m still working on that). I am the ugly step-sister of social media. I suck at it.Pro #3: MONEY
I don’t know if you know this, but eBooks (at least through Amazon) are almost always cheaper than their paper clones. I’m assuming this is because there isn’t much production cost and they don’t have to ship it, but I’m not a doctor. I’m in graduate school and that doesn’t leave much disposable income for ‘wants’ (I argue it’s a need, but I’ve boon overruled). Sometimes, it’s my budget that decides whether I buy a book as an eBook or as a paper copy. A perfect example of this is that I, at one point, bought all 5 Game of Thrones books on my Kindle for only $10. You can’t get new paper copy books that cheap unless you get free copies because you’re a wizard (sadly, I’m still waiting on that letter).
Con #3: Lending
Maybe this is a pro disguised as a con. If you are protective of your property like I am, then you know what I mean, but for those few friends that I would trust to handle them with care, me buying an eBook means they can’t check it out of my personal collection, which can really suck because when you find a wonderfully written, exciting book you want to have someone to talk to about it and so what do you do? You push it on your friends (*cough*cough* Kristi). When you have an eBook, you can be fairly certain that your friends won’t go out and buy the book themselves, but with a paper copy you can just hold it up and demand they read it and it’s right there for them to peruse so why not?
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