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May 24, 2012 | Uncategorized

Paper and ink versus ereader is such an apples and oranges kind of thing. It’s like comparing horses and cars. There will always be horses (I hope) and people who love them, but as transportation for the average city/suburb dweller they aren’t efficient.

While researching it dawned on me that there are at least one or two generations of readers who aren’t interested in reading digital ink releases. Places like Goodreads (a social media site for readers) only allow hard copy book giveaways. Dead-tree books will be around for a long time. Simple economics tells me they’re going to premium priced as their market shrinks. And the market is changing rapidly.

The reasons I buy digital titles are similar to why I drive a car instead of riding a horse. I read a lot, so even with an active library account, disposing of paper and ink books was an on going problem. The idea of moving cartons and cartons of books struck terror into my heart. Paper and ink editions don’t have adjustable font sizes, search features, built in book marks, or dictionaries. They’re frequently large and awkward to pack, the paperback edition fall apart after half a dozen gentle readings. and they’re a pain to dust.

Thanks to the Kindle, I’ve cut way back to five full size bookcases and two half size ones of the unwieldy volumes I need. I foresee further reductions ahead. :lol:

Do you see paper books going the way of vinyl records and beta max video tapes? Or will there always be a place for bound books?

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Real life”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    There are pros and cons to both formats. My favorite feature of the e-reader is the adjustable font size – much easier on the eyes. Print books have a more sentimental feel to me and are easier to flip through if you want to re-peruse them. I like choices, so I’d love to see both formats continue to thrive.

  2. Evanne Says:

    Good points, Allie! Thank you for stopping by :heart:

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