Why I Love to Read
Kindle vs. Print
Kindle vs. print books seems to be an ongoing debate in the book world. There is always the question of which format you prefer. The e-readers love their devices because they can take it and read anywhere. The print supporters love the feel of an actual book in their hands. E-readers support technology and want instant access. Print supporters love the bookstore where they can browse and smell every book. My question: which is better?
How about both?! I love to read and I have a Kindle. However, I, also, have a HUGE stack of print books in my mountain of a TBR pile. I love both formats. I love that I can read anytime with a Kindle. I can even be sneaky about it and read when I’m not supposed it. Please don’t tell! I think e-readers have created another group of readers. They don’t have time to sit down and curl up with a print book. The reader has a bright screen and pick whatever font he/she wants. I like to think that this group would never pick up a print book but since they have instant access to a fun device, they are now reading. Which is a great thing!! For me, my Kindle has given me more opportunity to read, anytime and anyplace. I, also, found that I can read more books on my Kindle. I don’t understand why; maybe because I have instant access. I’m not sure but I’m not complaining.
Now, print readers are a totally different breed of cat. These people are old school. Their perfect day would include browsing through a bookstore and finding that perfect book. You can definitely put me in this group as well. Walking into a bookstore and getting instantly overwhelmed by all the wonderful books is a great thing. I love holding a book in my hands, smelling it and turning the pages. After I’ve read several books on my Kindle, I have to read a couple of print books. I think I would go crazy if I just read eBooks. My eyes need some real print every once in a while. Plus, and probably more importantly, by visiting your local bookstore, you are supporting your community. Remember, if you buy from Amazon, your community will not receive any revenue. I don’t want to get into a tax debate; but, I think that by paying my sales tax, I’m supporting my town. That’s just the way I think.
To sum up, I love to be able to read any way I want to. I can read on my phone, Kindle, iPad, and whatever other device that I might have. But I can also pick up a book, hold it up to my nose and get a big whiff. It’s the best of both worlds. As long as you are reading, it shouldn’t matter how you’re doing it. Just enjoy yourself!!