E-Readers vs Real Books

Ever since I was a little kid I've loved reading. When we went on a family holiday, all I packed were books and clothes. The fact that I could grab a book and be transferred to a world I'd otherwise never be in was just so wonderful to me - and it still is. I don't read as much anymore as I used to but I still read whenever I have the chance, and I find a little piece and quiet.

A few months back, I decided to buy myself an e-reader, because I thought it'd be easy and save me some money. I bought the Sony PRS T3 and I adore it, but there's still a lot of controversy about e-readers: people don't like the feeling of holding an electronical device to read and books should be paper. I shared those opinions before, too, but buying an e-reader has changed my mind completely.


The price
Buying an e-reader can be expensive. I invested in a good one, but there are e-readers from 50$ up, I believe. Reading paper books can be expensive too, but it doesn't have to be: you can go to your local library where you can borrow books for free/a small fee. One disadvantage of the library (in my city, at least), is that they don't always have every book. One other thing: I personally prefer reading books which were originally written in English in English because the jokes and expressions might not be as funny in Dutch as they are in English. My library doesn't have many English books but this can be different depending on your library, so personally, for me, buying e-books is cheaper than ordering English books. Yes, an e-reader is an expensive purchase but over time, this purchase will be outweighed by the amount of money you save with your e-books.

The feeling
Holding an e-reader isn't as heavy as holding a real life book, but sometimes holding an e-reader feels a bit too.. modern, for me, in some way. Sometimes, all I want is to smell the scent of a real book, rather than holding an electronical device which I'll have to charge once the battery runs out of energy. And I think that's the feeling many people miss/will miss when changing from books to an e-reader.

The durability
Once you finish a book, it's over. You also finish books with an e-reader, you might say, but you don't not ever touch that e-reader ever again. What I am trying to say: you purchase a book for, say, 10 hours of fun and once that's finished you won't touch it again, unless it's a really good one. 

The weight
Carrying a book around is a hundred times heavier than carrying an e-reader around.

The size
E-readers are much smaller, which saves some space in your bag for some extra stuff you might want to carry.

The comfort
The best advantage of an e-reader is, in my opinion, the reading comfort. Reading with an e-reader is so much easier, especially when lying in bed. When reading a book there's always that one uncomfortable side of your book, which isn't really lit by your nightlight or hard to read without your glasses on. This isn't the case with an e-reader, so I have to turn over to the other side of the bed when reading the next page. 

The handiness
You don't have to go all the way to the library to purchase/rent a book, you can download it with one click from your computer. I think this is a huge advantage, but for some people visiting a library/book shop is a social activity, which it isn't for me. For me it's just an extra trip on my bike I won't have to make.

As you can see there are many advantages for the e-reader but there's just one big argument pro-book which, for some people, outweighs all the positive things about an e-reader.. an e-reader just isn't a book. And I agree, but I can miss all the classy book things in exchange for some extra comfort.




I am currently reading the book you see on the third photograph, 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock', by Matthew Quick. I will write a review as soon as I finish it because it already is an interesting book and I'm not even halfway through it!

I wrote a review about 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' some time ago, you can read it here, if you're interested.

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What are your thoughts on e-readers and books? Do you prefer reading on an electronic device or do you prefer reading an actual book?

48 comments

  1. I love that book of John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) it is a perfect novel that I think everybody would love! I am also in love with John Greens at the moment so I am reading a lot of his books just because of the way he writes! :) I really liked this post because I am a book warm and reads a lot of books! xx Tilsie (Tilsie.blogspot.se)

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    1. Thank you so much - I love John Green too, he has an amazing writing style. I have read all of his books (except An Abundance of Katherines) but I've done a blogpost about that - just couldn't get into the book! Enjoy the reading x

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  2. I loved reading this blog post, I love reading too and recently got a kindle paperwhite for my birthday (which I hope to review on my blog soon) thinking I might not like reading from a piece of technology, but even though it's not the same as a book I still love it! I've found so many books I may not have picked up in a shop too!

    Great Blog! xx

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    1. I have the same thing! I have read so many books I would've otherwise never read. Excited to see the review! x

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  3. I definitely prefer a book- I love seeing how far I am through it by the physical weight of the pages on each side. I've never tried an electric reader though but I'm intrigued...

    Rachel xx
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    1. I agree - that is something I miss when reading a book with my e-reader. I also stop reading a book a little bit too easy, sometimes, while I would've finished the book if I were reading it in paper. x

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  4. I prefer a book myself - especially the smell of a new bought one! loved this post!

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    1. I miss that! I sometimes go sniffing new books in a book store - is that weird? hehe! x

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  5. I just love books! The feeling of the pages in my hands, the scent of the book itself (even secondhand!) - I love those things! Plus I think all those books look quite good on shelves!

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    1. That's true! I love those Tumblry pictures with many books and an old chair (just sketching the picture) and if having an e-reader wouldn't have been so easy I'd definitely have a book shelve! x

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  6. Great post, I love to read and love books, but my ipad makes my life easier. Whenever I am in the subway, or line, whenever waiting, I can take my ipad out of my bag and have my beautiful library smiling at me haha I find it much easier to carry around.

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    1. So true! But I prefer my e-reader for reading as I can use it in the sun x
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  7. I wrote a blogpost similar to yours. I love my kindle paperwhite but I do sometimes miss the smell of a book or just having the actual book in your hand. I would say I read 85% on my kindle now and purchase only 15% of my books as the actual book.
    I have the same problem with the limited amount of english books in my library or the book store in town, since I'm from Germany so having an e-reeder is so much easier and faster.
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    1. Indeed! I think it's different for people who have access to any book they'd like to read, as it is not as hard to get their hands on famous English books which are not as famous in other countries! x

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  8. I definitely think there is a time and a place for the e-reader (like travel or to keep in your bag) but I am a die hard book fan and just adore the feeling of the pages !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. That's what I bought it for: traveling. Whenever my family and I went on a holiday 1/4th of the maximal capacity of our suitcases were my books, the e-reader solves this!

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  9. Wow, I love your photos! they are so beautiful! :)

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  10. As much as I love pages, I can see how an ereader would be useful in your situation. I live in the States so most of the books are in English, of course. But ereaders are great for travel. I have yet to get one, but it may be in my future.

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    1. You are priviliged. Finding an English young adult novel is so hard in The Netherlands, I'd have to order my books online which is just so expensive!

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  11. I'm so tempted to get an e-reader but for me, there's just something about holding a book in my hands that I just love. But an e-reader would definitely be useful for travel... I always have to pick only one or two books to bring!

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    1. What you said is a huge advantage: you can carry thousands of books around! (It can be a disadvantage, too - if you don't like the first 20 pages of a book, it's just so tempting to put it away and never read it again, even though it might be a beautiful book!)

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  12. I have a Kindle, and I have to say I much prefer it too having real books. Don't get me wrong, I do love having a proper book, but using a Kindle makes it all so much easier like storing and carrying it around!

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  13. This is a great post :) I do love having a Kindle but I still love real books too, especially the cover art! I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo.

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    1. Good day! I love finding out about new blogs, so of course I will check your blog out. I like having 'classic' cover arts too - it is just so much more fun to hold a real book with a real cover someone's put so much energy in! x

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  15. Thank you so much for the follow.
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    Lovely greets from germany ;-)

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  16. Hey, I've tagged you in the Leibster Award post which is a little harmless fun. If you want to join in, here's the link: http://linearchic.blogspot.com/2014/07/liebster-award.html

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  17. this post is just great ! I love the way you described everything ! I simply can't focus if I'm reading an e-book. I don't know why this is happening but I can get more in to the whole book if I'm reading it from the real book and not electronic. But I agree with everything you've mentioned ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! - I have the opposite, I have the problem that I sometimes can't focus when I'm reading a regular book because you have another page to be distracted by!

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  18. John Green is so talented I must read Will Grayson, I don't have an e-reader but I love the physical book, technology just moves too fast for my liking. :D Lovely blog, keep up the great work hun, love from Ireland

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    1. Will Grayson Will Grayson is an awesome book! It's funnier than TFIOS, in my opinion! Thank you so much for your compliment!

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  19. I find reading on my Kindle far kinder on my eyes than a normal book, I think because of the contrast and also being able to increase the size of the font (if I'm feeling particularly headachy or tired!) is great. Books are prettier and look good on a shelf, but the Kindle is usually my choice nowadays unless I've got the book from a charity shop or have borrowed it from a friend :)

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    1. So true! Books are pretty and smell nice but e-readers are handier!

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  20. This is such a well written post. I understand the dilemma as I have a kindle, but still love the touch and smell of a real book in my hands. I find a kindle's great for holidays though. Will definitely check out your Will Grayson, Will Grayson review as I've just bought that one myself recently! You have such a great blog :-)

    Sarah x
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  21. Hey there again! :) I have a ereader that has the Android system on it, so I downloaded this library app called Overdrive- so now I can borrow lots of ebooks and never have to pay a cent! I don't read the same books over and over anyways, so having my ereader is perfect for me to read a lot of books and not have to pay for books I'm not sure if I'll like. If I read reviews and think I'll really like a book, then I'll buy the hardcover at the book stores. I love hardcovers, and since I don't really buy that many books, I feel okay spending the extra money on the hardcover version :)

    Wow this actually more than what I originally wrote ;)

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  22. I do love both, but I like the feel of a book getting tatty and worn - it just makes it feel so well loved; you can't get that with an e-reader. For holiday's I would 100% recommend a Kindle or something, but for everyday use I love nothing more that a proper paper book. Lovely post, and such beautiful images.

    Jemma @ Jemma In Words

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  23. I LOVE my kindle, it's perfect for travel so I seriously appreciate it. I still adore my books though - a kindle is just convenient for me.

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  24. I prefer having the actual book. I like using them as decorations on shelves too and seeing my collection increase as the years go by!

    Good luck with your blog xx

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  25. We definitely prefer the experience of holding and turning the pages of a physical book. It's nice as well to see all your books on the shelf and accumulate them

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  26. I prefer the real book though since my eyes always sore when I take so much time on gadgets or laptop!

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  27. I own a Sony e-reader but I always buy 1 or 2 books in paper...I still love the way they feel. :) Not that used to still, so I guess I couldn't give up on paper book quite yet!


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  28. I've never used an e-reader, but my mum and grandma both own one. Personally I can't imagine getting the same feeling and level of relaxation from a Kindle that I get from reading a book. I already have enough technology in my life - I don't want it to take over books!

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  29. I love books, I don't think I could ever use an e-reader. Im a wierdo and like holding the book, turning the pages and the smell. It just makes it cozy, specially if I have tea!

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  30. I have a kindle. I love it. It's light and books are cheaper - sometimes even free! I miss books but I also love e-readers!

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  31. Although I have a kindle and do really enjoy the practicality to it (and the endless amount of books I have at the touch of a button) but... I love having the paper copy. My current system is download a sample, if I enjoy it get the e-book, if I love it then buy the paper copy to add to my library. I also love John Green! When I finish Will Grayson Will Grayson I will read your review of it too! X

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