Books: Digital vs Print – What’s Your Preference?
Posted by Debbie Mumford
I write ebooks, but I read voraciously…and always have done. Hence I have bookshelves full of paperbacks I’ll never part with. They’re old friends. How could I part with them? I might want to read them again someday.
But…I write ebooks. Shouldn’t I join the digital age, scrap my print versions, and load up an e-reader?
I will admit to being an early adapter for ebooks. I owned the original Rocket eBook Reader. Compared to today’s models it was huge, heavy, clunky, and required specific formatting, but it was the wave of the future, and I was happy to be along for the ride. I’ve owned several e-readers since that early model, but I’ve never given up my print books. Indeed, I’ve always harbored a preference for print.
My husband and I were discussing this the other night and I suddenly realized that I’d reached my tipping point. I now not only prefer ebooks, I actually avoid print. Wow! What a change!
I have several print books sitting on my bedside table. They’re by authors I enjoy, in series that I’ve searched for, and yet they sit unread. Why? Because I prefer to read on my iPad Mini. It’s lighter than a book, easier to hold, the typeface is adjustable, as is the backlight. I can flip back and forth through multiple books at the touch of a finger, and I don’t have to carry a small suitcase in order to have them all with me.
Yep. I’ve crossed the line. I’m now fully in the digital age.
My husband is still clinging to print, but I see him eyeing my Mini and wonder how long it will be before he finds the tablet / reader that suits his style and finds his own tipping point?
Mind you, I have no intention of tossing all those old-favorite print books, but I’m no longer adding to their number on a weekly basis.
How about you? Are you a digital reader, a print-aholic, or are you straddling the fence trying to find a comfortable seat?