Thursday, 16 July 2015

Physical Book Vs E-Book.

          I love reading; be it a paperback, hardcover or an e-book. In my opinion, it doesn't matter what the form is. Only words matter. But, many people have their opinions that one is better than the other. Just as an analysis, I have made my points too. It's not a differentiation. These are just the best points about each. As much as I love the feel of a physical book, I love the convenience of an e-book.

Here are my favourite segments relating to a physical book:

1. Appealing:
A paperback or a hardcover is so much attractive. It can be photographed or adored. It has this physical beauty which cannot be overlooked. It always feels lively to read.

2. Bookshelf:
Now, a physical bookshelf is much more amazing than an online one. You can arrange the books as you want, as per authors or colours. An abecedarian bookshelf is really very proper.

3. Book Smell:
It sounds silly, but the smell of new books is actually very addictive. It gives you the feeling of a library and cheers you to read. Book sniffing is very obsessive, as a matter of fact.

4. Signed Copy:
You can get a signed copy from the author only on a physical book. Isn't it one of the major reasons to buy these? An author's signature is like treasured gold for readers.

Every reader loves to own different kinds of bookmarks. There are so many types these days. I made some bookmarks over the summer. And, it's really fun to have a collection of cool bookmarks.

6. Gift:
Gifting a book is always the best idea. Especially when you have bookworm friends, it's the best way to show your love. Also, physical books, though expensive, can be sold.

Here are my favourite segments relating to e-books:

1. Storage:
Kindle or other e-book readers have so much space that you can store many e-books. Because they are just in KBs, it's suitable to store many e-books. 

2. Cheaper:
The primary cost of purchasing Kindle is significant. But, the cost of e-books is much cheaper than the physical ones. Free e-books are also available online. You can also take advantage of Amazon discounts.

3. Fast Downloads:
This is one of the best things about reading online. If you finish reading one book in a series and can't wait to read the next, then you can simply download it in a matter of minutes. Instead of going to a book store or ordering online, this is much quicker.

4. Light/Portable:
It's a known fact that Kindles or tablets are much lighter than physical books. You can even carry them while travelling. That's one important boon of technology.

5. Day/Night Feature:
There are many features for e-books. You can use white background and black words during the day. You can use black background and white words during the night. There are also different patterns. You can also change the font face, size etc.

6. Highlighting:
You can bookmark a sentence or paragraph that you've liked easily. You can do it without spoiling the book. This is something I don't do on physical books because one doesn't just write in those.


  1. Both have their pros and cons, but honestly I love collecting books and arranging them in my bookshelf <3 One of my favourite things to do :D

  2. I have always loved having a physical book that I can hold and flip through, and u wouldn't purchase an Ebook. But with the cost of books now I have changed my way of thinking and have actually purchased several. It is handier because you have all your books stored in one small tablet.

  3. I have always been a physical book kinda girl and it turns out that there is a scientific reason for it. Your brain actually processes information differently when you're reading from a screen vs a book. Plus, I love being able to let people borrow the classics- it's awesome when you and your friend can read the same book and love it! I wrote a little article today on "Go Set a Watchman" and I'd love to get your take on it! :)


  4. I'm definitely a physical book girl myself. Not going to lie, I can't stand books on kindles, ipads, etc. I only ever read one book via electronic means and I'll never do it again. There's just something about holding a book and actually paging through it!

  5. So true. There are benefits to both certainly, and I have both now, but I still prefer the physical book. Except at the gym, then my ebook is key.

  6. I prefer the physical book over e-books. Don't get me wrong, e-book are super convenient, and usually much cheaper than a physical book. However, there is just something about touching a book, flipping through it's pages, and seeing my progress (I like seeing all the pages I've read, lol), that I just love.

  7. I think there is a place for both. Great post.

  8. I love to physically hold a book and I think I am more invested in the story when I have a physical book. I do read e-books, but it hurts my eyes if I read for very long. Maybe I should see if my iPad will change the background to black with white words like you said in your post.

  9. As a bibliophile, I don't mind about storage- love looking at my books and having a nice selection in my room. All in their well-thought out order Sarah x

  10. I really enjoyed this post! I stayed loyal to physical books and resisted the E-Book trend for the longest time until my sister gave me a Kindle for Christmas and now I am a total E-Book convert. I do still see the merits of both of the two different forms though!

    Becky |

  11. Good to see your post! I must admit that I'm still a physical book reader! I need to switch it up a bit, though, especially when traveling ;)

  12. Personally, I prefer physical books. I love the smell of books, too.

    I don't have an ereader, so ebooks are only read on my computer at home. I like that you can make the font larger in ebooks as I have a severe vision problem, but the screen always tires out my eyes in a much shorter time than reading a physical book does. Both have their pros and cons. I just hope that physical books never go out of style.

  13. I love both, though, I enjoy reading more from an e book. I collect books for decoration or reference, but typically download all the books I'm going to read. Great post!!

  14. Thanks everyone for commenting. I'm glad to know your opinions. :)

  15. E-books are more convenient these days.

  16. I am never going to be a ebook lover. I just love the feel of a book in my hands. I do occasionally read on my phone or tablet, but I always get a headache and I rarely finish the book.


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