Discussion: The Pros and Cons to ebooks


Today we'll be discussing ebooks. Those lovely little things you can read anywhere on the go. On your iPad, on your phone, on your kindle. The one true accessible book. My thoughts on ebooks will differ from the vast majority, but since this a discussion--take to the comments to let your opinions be heard. Now let's dive in..

The Pros:

First off, nothing will ever be more convenient than whipping out your mobile device and being able to read a book on the bus. There's also this secrecy that comes with ebooks. I could be in class on my computer and reading an ebook, and I could totally get away with it (hell, I've done it before!). But you can't sit there with a paperback and hope the professor doesn't spot you not paying attention to his class. Additionally, we all know that there are some scandalous novels that you wouldn't want to be caught reading in public *ahem Fifty Shades*. So that's when you ebook it, hoping that no one will catch you downing a very naughty read. And finally. You can't beat a 99 cent book. They're usually much cheaper than the print copies, and only one click away. No waiting!


Did I miss some Pros? Take to the comments!

The Cons:

The downsides to ebooks are often more personal preferences than anything. This if for people who like holding the actual book. Maybe they don't have a device to read it on? Or possibly it could take them longer to read ebooks than print books. But basically, there aren't any concrete Cons to ebooks. None that I can think of that don't involve preference. 


Did I miss some Cons? Take to the comments!

How do I like ebooks? 

Here's my personal rule about ebooks. If I can avoid them. I will. And this is where personal preference kicks in. It's not that I have to have the book in my hands to read it, or that I want it on my shelf (though that would be nice). Honestly, I may be the slowest ebook reader in the history of bloggers. It just takes me forever to read them. I have no idea why. I think it's a disease. Becca has come away unscathed. She actually prefers ebooks because she likes reading in class. See, not all twins think alike! 

Another reason why ebooks and me don't mesh--Edelweiss. I don't know how they make their page count for eARCs but some of them will load into my PDF reader at 225 pages when the book is 350 pages. That means every page I'm reading is actually a page and a half. Why is this a problem? Because it literally feels like it takes me a decade to reach page 100. I'm all about reading well and reading in a timely manner, since I have a very busy lifestyle. Whenever I feel like I'm taking a long time reading a book, my pacing drops and it becomes sluggish for the rest of the way through. I also have a tendency to put the book down (when I usually can read a book in one sitting). 

So there it is...ebooks, not always avoidable but definitely not for me. 

Do you like ebooks? 

Now it's time for your thoughts be heard! Are you pro or con ebooks? Or do you not much care either way? Sound off below!

19 comments:

  1. I'm a lot like you with ebooks. I remember being hesitant to buy an ereader a few years ago because it doesn't feel like the book is yours as much as a physical copy, I feel. My first few buys were all the Mortal Instrument books (1-3) and Clockwork Angel. I can't tell you how much I wish I just bought hard copies because now they are missing from my shelf and I wish they weren't. I don't have a phone capable to read on so that's not a bonus for me and I work from home so really, the bonuses aren't totally there for me. Though I do like that I can use Netgalley and Edelweiss. I gotta tell you though, after a couple ebooks I CRAVE something that's not.

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    1. Yeah Cassie Clare's books are definitely good for the shelves! I'm also like you that when I do read lots of ebooks at once I crave the print copies, so I can't read too many at the same time or else I go insane, lol! Thanks for stopping by, Sara!

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  2. I like e-books, because it is so easy to bring my eReader with me. When I'm on vacation, I don't need two bags filled with books! Everything is on my handy eReader :D

    I don't prefer them over my paperbacks, though. Every e-book I loved ends up as a nice edition on my bookshelves. I'm a book hoarder after all!

    Mel@thedailyprophecy

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    1. Vacation...oooh, yeah that is definitely an ebook time. Books are way to heavy to lug to the beach, lol!

      I do the same thing when I like an ebook. I HAVE to get it for my shelf, so I'm right there with ya, Mel!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I was SO reluctant with ebooks, avoiding the as if they were a disease for the book legacy. But someone gifted me with an ereader, & while I still love the smell of print copies, I do see the pros.
    Reading any good, 1/2 or bad-BAD book in my ereader feels... acurate. I don't know why, but the books I'm not sure I will like I read them as ebooks. Too insane?
    & sure I get print copies for series & authors I already love.

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    1. I avoided ebooks as well, and made the plunge when I got an iPad. You also make a great point; I think it's much easier to pay a cheaper price for an ebook that you don't know if you'll like than chipping out the full price and hate it.

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  4. I avoiding getting an ereader for a long time, but once I finally did I loved it! I really like being able to easily take it with me anywhere and not have to cart it all around.

    I still like print books though too. If find it's easier to flip through a print book to go back and find different things than it is with a ebook. Maybe I just need more practice with my ereader?

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    1. The accessibly is totally the best part of ereading! It's definitely easier to flip real pages, lol :) Great points!

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  5. I avoid eBooks and eReaders for the longest time, but since it's one of the easiest ways to get advanced copies, I took the plunge and bought a Kindle (I now use my iPad Mini). But to me, eReading will always take second place to physical books. I'm just not comfortable paying the same price as a physical book for an eBook; what if my eReader crashes and I can't get a new one for a while? What if Amazon decides I've violated their ToS and wipes my account? And books just look so pretty on my shelf :)

    Also, I hate not knowing how much of a book I have left based on how many pages I can see. It does make eReading feel like it can take longer.

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    1. eARCs are definitely easier to get since they cost the publishers less money. Like you, I also read most of my physical copies before eBooks. And yeah, I've never paid the same price for an eBook as I did for a print. Usually I wait for ebooks to be on sale to purchase them.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!

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  6. I'm actually the opposite of you! I read ebooks faster than I do regular books. Well - I've never timed myself, but I'd imagine it's faster. Well - maybe it's just that the books are shorter. I don't know. Lately, I've been trying to get into the habit of reading on my Kindle because I know next year once I start college I won't have the luxury of leaving my books all over the place.

    And you definitely can't beat a $0.99 cent book - kind of like that thrift shop song when he's like "it was only 99 cents?"

    Great post!!

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    1. Wow! You're a superhero for being able to read them so quickly! I'm very jealous ;)

      Yes, no one can beat those lovely 99 cent books! So true! Thanks for stopping by, Tabitha!

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  7. I got my Kindle about a year ago, and I love it. The thing that sold me on getting an ereader was that libraries were starting to offer ebooks. As much as I loving going to my library, its nice just downloading the book from home! Along the same line, the instant buy, download, and read beats waiting for the mail.

    I find that I read ebooks faster than physical copies. I can lay in bed without having to hold back the pages, for even holding the actual Kindle. Hands-free reading! Just a tap here and there.

    I normally don't buy YA titles as ebooks. A. I love the covers and my bookshelves do too. B. They tend to be more expensive. But I do buy all the New Adult titles and the YA enovellas that have been coming out lately.

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    1. I agree with you Candice, I love buying physical copies of YA books. I will only get the ebook version if it's a sequel and I cannot wait until I can get to the bookstore.

      I buy almost every new adult title I read as an ebook... I wasn't aware that they had hard copies for the longest time. A lot of new adult titles I bought, I thought they were just published as ebooks and I didn't know I could buy physical copies. I also like buying new adult ebooks because like Krista said in her post, they're a guilty pleasure for me and I don't really want everyone on the bus seeing me reading a book with a shirtless dude on the cover. Awwwkwarrrddd.

      I usually think of ebooks as shorter than regular books, but you can totally tell with some of them because you feel like you've been reading forever. I do love ebooks because reading in bed is so easy. reading with a physical book, I find myself switching sides so that my hand doesn't cramp from holding the book a certain way, but with my ereader, it's always in one direction and I just have to tap once to get to the next page. You can also adjust the size and brightness of the page/text. I like this for late at night, I can turn the brightness really low and still read, but when I go to sleep, I'm not wide awake from staring at a bright light.

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    2. Yeah, YA ebooks are pretty expensive, but I'm like you Sallie and tend to buy them when I'm impatient for the sequel. Vampire Academy took lots of my money that way, and I don't have any pretty covers on my shelves to show for it.

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  8. I read both ways. I usually prefer one of my 2 kindles over a regular book but i still have a shelf full of books that i read from as well as still borrowing from the library when I can. I find it hard to read a physical book on windy days. I live in a windy state (Almost as bad as the state we just moved from) and when i go to the park i prefer to take my regular kindle with me to read on, at night i read on my fire (I do a lot of book syncing between my two devices), & during the day i try and read from a physical book. I love the smell and feel of a regular book but i do find that i prefer the slim feel of the kindle a little more comfortable to hold. My mom has even gotten to the point where she is working on trying to get her books on the kindle instead. she is tired of carrying around the same hardback danielle steel book that she's been carrying around for the last couple years. she loves the idea of just carrying one device around (Especially one she can listen to music on or play games on). My sister is the same way although some of her books she has to buy regular books for. She has two kindles though that she uses for her ebooks. I even turned my hubby into an ebook reader with his own kindle (Like me though he has a few books that he reads physical ones for). :P My kids keep begging us for a fire but i want them to read books off their regular shelf before i spend the $ and get them a kindle. I don't feel comfortable yet letting them have a kindle of their own even though i have a nice little ebook starter section for them thanks to amazon freebies.

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    1. I like how you brought up that ereaders are easier to hold. You know what hurts to hold, a 400 plus page book! Holding one of the Mara Dyer books in your hand for hours on end will lead to hand-cramps and numbness. So I totally agree that ereaders are the way to go to avoid such maladies ;)

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  9. I'm kind of on the fence as to the whole ebook thing. I bought one of the first-ever Nooks, and I bought ebooks exclusively for about a year. I really loved it for all the reasons you pointed out—convenience and price especially. But then I started to miss the tangible feel of paper books and seeing my shelves get fuller over time. So for a year I only bought paper books. But now my Nook has died, and I kind of miss it, so I'm looking for something to replace it. Plus, I have a much smaller budget now, so it's hard to justify paying 9$ for a book when I could get it for 3 or 4$.

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  10. I really felt the same way when I first got into blogging. The only real eBooks I read were the self-published kind. If a book I really wanted to read came out, I bought the physical copy because it needed to be on my book shelf (is there a Hoarders for book lovers?). But as I moved and changed jobs and my life got a lot more hectic, I've switched almost 100% to eBooks. I can throw my kindle in my purse and if I get to work early, I read, during my blessed (and hopefully quite)lunch, I read. I read on the metro, I read pretty much everywhere. When I finally get home at night and and Im tucked in bed, I always read. Having theease of turning off the lights and reading my Kindle until I fall asleep is such a great de-stress activity. I can literally lay on my side in bed and prop my Kindle up and read.

    If there is a book seires that I love (i.e. The Mortal Instruments, Bloondlines etc.) I'll most likely have both the ebooks and the physical books on my shelves.

    Great topic!!!

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