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I have been a long time fan of print books. There is nothing like walking into a book store and seeing all of the wonderful colors and the smell of printed pages. I could lose myself for hours in a book store and not even realize that I have spent that long in there.
With the cost of living and everything else on the rise, I have noticed that books have pretty much stayed the same in cost. It is a luxury that few partake in and they are seriously missing out. My children will spend hours just sitting in their rooms reading and it has been a cheap and fulfilling hobby for them. Even when we are low on funds, we make trips to the library just so we can have our hobby still for free.
I have a home library full of print books. There is nothing like showing guests our own personal library. For book enthusiasts, it is exciting to have our own room — or just a shelf — full of something we love.
Recently though, I won a Kindle Touch in a contest and decided to take the plunge into E-Books. They are easily accessible and cheaper than a print book most of the time. You can have hundreds of books stored on the e-reader or even a computer hard drive without the clutter of print books. Some book bloggers even prefer having e-copies of books instead of print copies.
I am slowly trying to convert my way of thinking and embracing the e-reader. I am still not completely converted to it, but it is a slow process. I enjoy being able to just click and buy a book and have it right then. Instant gratification is a plus. I also like being able to access the books earlier at times as well. Sometimes the books that we are waiting for release in e-copy weeks before the print book and helps with the having-to-have-it-now mentality. Having an e-reader also helps in the mystery of what a reader is reading at the moment. If I wanted to read an erotica while waiting to pick my daughter up from school, the other people wouldn’t have a clue. (Not that I would care)
Switching from print books to the e-reader world will be an ongoing process for me. I am stuck in the age of old and can’t seem to completely switch over. I see pro’s and con’s to both worlds and I am still figuring them out.
My question to you is what type of reader are you? Do you prefer print copies or are you on the e-reader bandwagon? Are you somewhere in the middle like me?