I own two e-readers and download new books to my Kindle every month, but I still prefer paper books. (In particular, I love paperbacks—I don’t know why, but if I have a choice between buying a hardback or a paperback, the paperback wins every time.) This sounds weird, but there’s something about the way a paperback feels when you hold it that is so much more personal than holding a Kindle. The cover curls back, the spine cracks, the corners get all worn and nubby from being tucked in a backpack…you just don’t get that same sense of a well-loved book from a screen.
That isn’t the only reason I still prefer paper books to e-readers. One of my biggest joys as a rabid reader is passing on favorite books to my friends. You can’t leave an e-book in a coworker’s locker or exchange it at the Little Free Library for another reader to enjoy. You don’t get that same sense of a book that’s been passed through multiple hands and enjoyed by multiple readers.
Other reasons I prefer paper books:
- you don’t have to worry about the battery dying right at the good part
- they’re easier to read outside in the sun (no cranking up the screen brightness!)
- they’re often cheaper ($1 at Goodwill)
- you can fall asleep reading without worrying about dropping them and cracking them
- they smell good
- the words just look better on paper than on a screen (at least I think so)
- you can gift-wrap them
- a full bookshelf doubles as home decor