Hello, hello! It’s October already, so I wanted to give you a quick update on my September goals before I get into this week’s ramblings. I wrote about 19,000 words (huzzah!), finished reading two books and am working on a third (which is where this post is coming from), queried my 100th agent (the waiting continues), submitted a flash piece to my critique group, and messaged some different people (the conversations didn’t last long, but at least I tried). In other words, September was super productive and I hope October will be as well!
Now, onto what this post is really about: books. Pretty much everyone I know has strong opinions on whether regular old books or ebooks (Kindle, Nook, etc.) are better. Here are my thoughts.
First up are books. Personally, I adore them. The smell of an old book is basically the best thing ever. The feel of a page against your hand is lovely. And going into a library or bookstore (or our back bedroom) to peruse titles is one of the funnest activities in the world. Or maybe it’s just a nice activity because it doesn’t usually have to involve other people (unless you’re me), which is a plus for introverts. There’s also something about seeing book covers outside of a screen that’s awesome. I bought one book online and had no idea its cover was shiny and metallic until it got here, which only made it cooler. So yes, I love books.
On the other hand, books are a pain in the ass for me. If they aren’t in a couple of very particular places, I can’t grab them by myself when I’m in the mood to read. I know asking someone (read: Dad) to hand me a book isn’t a big deal, but it requires them to stop whatever they’re doing just for that. It’s weird. Plus, I sometimes have trouble opening/keeping a book open (especially when they’re new). If you’ve ever had a book close itself and forgot what page you were on, you know how annoying it is.
Next up are ebooks. In my opinion, they aren’t nearly as magical as regular books. No one can see the cool cover as you read or how far along you are, so they can’t really strike up a conversation about the book (but who really wants that when they’re reading?). They don’t smell, they don’t have weird stains on the pages, they don’t have the right feel. BUT! They’re easier for me to use. I can pull a book up on my phone or computer whenever I want. I can browse for titles online without any help. They’re just really convenient for people with a limited range of motion. And that makes them awesome in their own special way.
Ultimately, for me, both books and ebooks have their pluses (neither of the plurals for that word look right) and minuses. If I love an author and can be reasonably sure I’ll like the book, I’ll automatically opt for a hardcopy. If I don’t know the author or have doubts about whether I’ll enjoy a book, I automatically go the ebook route. For everything in between, my choice usually boils down to how fast I want/need the book.
What about you? Do you prefer one over the other? Why or why not? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments here or on my social media pages!