I am so torn between hard copy “traditional” books and e-books.
I read a lot. I read for at least 30 minutes every morning, but I aim for 45-60. It’s the one thing that I can do to relax and focus for the day. Reading puts a stop to the crazies and the “bad tapes” that I tend to wake up to.
So where do I stand on the traditional book versus e-book debate? I don’t know. I read both and have pros and cons for both. Sometimes I prefer one over the other. I can go weeks without reading a traditional book and other weeks I solely rely on my e-books.
Here’s the deal.
I have an iPad, a Nook (with e-ink), and two library cards (Tampa and DC). And I use all three (four?) frequently.
Let me first go through the differences between the iPad and Nook. I bought the Nook before my trip to London during the summer of 2010. (I had been hanging out in the B&N in between crew practices and ended up getting brainwashed by the continuous video commercials playing throughout the store.)
Nook: E-ink technology makes it really easy to read in bright situations like outside by the pool or even in a room with tons of florescent lightbulbs. It also feels a little bit more like a “book.” I also like the size of it. I can slip it into my purse (even with a protective case) and have hundreds of books at my fingertips.
iPad: I have the Nook app on my iPad and I use that (and the Kindle app sometimes too). It’s very similar to the Nook, but it doesn’t have the e-ink. I have the two devices synced to my account so it knows automatically if I was on page 54 on my Nook and will automatically open to page 54 on the iPad (and vice versa). If I already have my iPad with me or need to have my iPad with me, it’s easier to only have one device instead of bringing both around with me. Sometimes the larger size is good as you don’t have to flip the pages as frequently.
Traditional Books: First of all, the feeling of it is something that can’t be beat. There’s just something so great about holding an actual book. But, I hate that a book greater than 200 pages is bigger than my nook or iPad. And if I only have 40 pages left, I end up having to carry around multiple books so that I have something to read if I finish. They also tend to be more expensive to buy, which is why I use the library!!! (I love free books!)
I think the biggest argument that I’ve heard from people online (kind of ironic, no?) is that they like to have a bookshelf at home filled with books they love. And I completely agree. However, as a college student who reads a book or so a week, I can’t afford to buy a new book every time. Not to mention, I live in limbo. (aka I don’t have a real “home” and I move ALL THE TIME. Anyone who’s moved in and out of a dorm and has had to lug boxes in a metropolitan city without a car to the local UPS store to mail said boxes across the country knows that having books becomes more of a hinderance than anything. Phew.)
While in Mexico, I kept thinking of reasons why I did and didn’t like the iPad/Nook/Book. The pro/con list kept magnifying.
Using the iPad is ideal when you’re in a car driving in the middle of the night because it’s lit up. Buying a book online but forgetting to download it and not having a WiFi connection while in the car is not ideal.
Getting a drop of water on a traditional book isn’t a big deal when you’re siting on the beach or by the pool. Having to lug six books around the airport (or giving up extra space in a suitcase) is not the greatest.
Library books are free. Because they are public books, you never know what you might find (ew) when you open them up and getting new (read: popular) books takes weeks on a waiting list. You also can’t keep favorites or pass them on to friends like personal traditional books.
Personal books are yours. You can take notes, fold down the corners, or keep them in pristine condition if you’re OCD like that. They do require a bit of money and space to store them.
See what I mean? It’s tricky!
In other news, here are the books I read over spring break:
by Elizabeth Bard
by Holly Chamberlin
by Sarah Pekkanen
Where do you stand on the traditional book versus e-book debate?