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GUEST POST: Do E-books Allow Us to Read Books Properly?

I could only share this wonderful guest post. Did you guys know all of this?!

About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

42 Comments on GUEST POST: Do E-books Allow Us to Read Books Properly?

  1. I personally still prefer print copies. I’ll read both formats but I’ve always felt more involved with print…But I’m probably weird, I mean I like to smell new books, all the time! :p

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  2. While I’d be lost without my Kindle, I’m not surprised at the negatives regarding e-books. I love being able to have so many books on one tablet, but there’s definitely something missing when I read an ebook as opposed to a traditional one. Being a book lover since the time I could first read, part of my enjoyment when I’m reading comes from the smell of the book, the texture of the paper, and the sound of the pages turning. There’s no way an ebook can replicate that. It’s also more difficult to go back and re-read something in that format. But, for all that, I wouldn’t trade my Kindle for anything in the world!πŸ’πŸ»

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    • I definitely agree with all you’ve said here! When I really want to read a particular book, I buy a physical copy of it because I want to be able to hold it, feel it, and smell it. But when I see something that I might like, my Kindle is perfect for hoarding numerous books ;).

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  3. I’m 50/50 with e-readers and physical books.

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  4. I don’t have an e-reader, just my phone, so I rarely read ebooks. Paper all the way!

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    • I would’ve answered the same thing 2 years ago. Until my husband bought me a Kindle [insert Aladdin’s A Whole New World video clip] xD. However, I still prefer paper as well because it’s a REAL book?

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  5. The customizable font and lighting is a huge reason I finally bought my first Kindle. I have a table now with several apps. It has helped tremendously when my eyes are going out. That randomly happens? I also have to admit, it is easy to find ebooks at a more affordable price and travel with them. But I will always prefer print. The smell and feel of real books forever holds my heart.

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  6. That negative ereader “study” has been pretty well refuted many times, in a well supported way. Plus, as far as being distracted from reading… you can turn off notifications while you read. Infact, on my Kindle Fire I don’t even get notifications when I have an ebook open. Regular ereaders don’t even have the notification capability. I also read longer on ereaders because I can get more comfortable holding it and read with no lights on. So I don’t agree with any of the negatives. I think reading is reading. πŸ˜€

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    • I’ve been browsing a bit on the topic and the most recent thing I found was this http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kindle-nook-e-reader-books-the-best-way-to-read/ which is linking back to http://www.pnas.org/content/112/4/1232.full.pdf. It’s written by an Asian version of me, so it can only be true ;D. But it appears it does have negative consequences regarding your circadian cycle. I suffer from insomnia either way, so it doesn’t really matter to me personally. The distraction part is something I don’t fully agree with either, though. Especially with regular ereaders because of the reasons you’ve mentioned. If I’m ever reading on my phone, I turn off my notifications as well. I rarely read on my phone, though. Reading comfortably is definitely a massive plus with e-readers. I can’t hold up a book for long without getting sore somewhere. And having to leave the lights on just sucks. I like reading in the dark because I get sucked into the story altogether more! πŸ™‚

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  7. I equally love physical and ebooks the same. Although I read a lot of the books on physical format, I love the comfort of turning off all the lights at 12am snuggling to my Kindle. I don’t think it hinders my reading experience at all. But I can’t speak for everyone lol

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  8. Just checked it out- thanks for the tip!!

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  9. I told myself I love hard copy but I get more reading done with the kindle app. It’s convenient that I can sneak in a read here and there. 😊 Great post!

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  10. This is a great post, thank you so much for sharing it! πŸ™‚ I read a lot more of physical books than ebooks, but that’s only because I love the feeling of holding a book in my hands and turning the pages and everything. My wallet isn’t too happy about that, haha. But I admit that having an ereader comes in handy at times πŸ™‚

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    • I thought it was a very interesting one for sure! πŸ™‚ I’m the other way around at the moment, but that’s because of the digital ARC’s (plus, my house is full XD). But holding a book and stroking its beautiful cover (if it has one) is the BEST!

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  11. This is a balanced article, which I appreciated, but I love my Kindle and I think I read better with it. I’ll agree that if I’m opening it up while in line at the grocery store, I’m likely to be distracted. But my problem with these “distraction” studies is they don’t differentiate between reading on a phone or Ipad and reading on a dedicated reader like a Kindle. When I read a book on the Kindle I can shut out everything else. I’m also not sure about the “ownership” argument. If I pay for a book on my Kindle, I feel I own it. Some of my e-books come from the library. Do we read library books differently than books we own?

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    • There is, indeed, no difference in distraction for me between reading on a Kindle or on paper. There are no notifications popping up or whatnot, so the whole distraction argument is definitely invalid there. When there’s a book I really, really want, I usually go for a physical copy just to feel the ownership. But I agree that it is quite silly because if you pay for a digital copy, you own it as well. Good question! I don’t believe I’m more or less invested when reading a book from the library as opposed to a book I own.

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  12. [also commented this on original article] A most interesting thoughtful article. Much as I enjoy reading on my e-readers (and enjoy writing for them) I don’t think I will ever favour e-books over the β€˜real thing’. The emotional β€˜feel’ of touching the pages, turning them and flicking through them is missing from the e-book. Also for some sorts of book, mainly illustrated non-fiction, the e-reader is technologically inadequate for the reading task (in any readers I’ve used anyway).

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    • Hear, hear! Touching the paper and holding the book are so important. And illustrations are always crappy on e-readers. I feel so guilty when someone has put a lot of effort into them, and then i can barely see the details of it on my screen. My Kindle is still somewhat of a holy object as well, though πŸ˜‰

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  13. I still very much prefer physical copies. How else are you gonna build up a proper library? πŸ˜›
    also – so are you going tomorrow? πŸ™‚

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  14. Anne,
    This was a good guest post, glad to see someone able to share their outlook on E-books! good content.

    Shay-lon

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  15. I have to use my ereader apps on my iPad/iPhone or my Kindle, because I don’t have room for books to keep (I have a very small bookshelf where my already purchased books reside, and it’s overflowing). I have my library books organized in the trunk of my car bc it’s the only place I can keep them, as my mother would flip out if I brought in more books.
    So I can buy lots of books for $.99-$1.99 and keep them on my tablet, and then I have a library of books. And when I have my own house, I will have wall-to-wall bookshelves that go to the ceilings and require sliding ladders (and my torture chamber/dungeon: can’t forget that! πŸ˜‰)

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    • LMAO, keeping library books in your car trunk?! What else is in there?? peers :’) :’). Hahaha, I prefer a couple of book shelves in my torture chamber. So I can read while watching someone suffer at the same time ❀

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