I love reading. The characters, stories, and other lands… it’s a type of escape that also exercises your brain & the power of your imagination. I’ve been an avid reader all my life, and it has always come with important decisions. When I was a kid I was faced with the choice of reading to myself or badgering my sister/mom to read to me. As I grew the choice morphed into picture books versus chapter books. Then YA versus books actually meant for real-adult-people. Then there are the options of fiction vs non-fiction, romance vs mystery, fantasy vs sic-fi… or, as it often is in my world, books with dragons, magic, or sword fights vs everything else. But a timely debate that comes up often when discussing modern reading is the choice of Books vs eBooks.
It’s a modern day dilemma that seems age-old in nature: Is new really better than old? Should we use something just because it’s more advanced? Is technology really making our lives better? If you came here looking for a clear and decisive decision, well you’re going to be disappointed. The truth is that in the debate of books vs ebooks I sit on somewhat middle ground.
If you are forcing me to pick one side and one side only I would generally pick Books. To me there is nothing greater than an actual book in your hands. The feel of the sturdy cover. The rustle of the pages. The smell of the paper. The atmosphere it creates. Curled up on a comfy chair (or in bed or by a campfire or on a hammock or basically anywhere else in the world) with a blanket and a hot beverage (or cold… you know, if that hammock is in a warm location); it’s moments like that which make life perfect & magical. This is why I am a member of my local library. Let’s be honest, I’m not made of money but I want to be able to touch a copy of every book I want to read.
The world isn’t perfect so we have to be aware of the disadvantages of each as well. Books take up space. I only had room for one in my carry-on of the trip I’m currently on… vs ebooks, where I have multiple on my single iPad (which can also be used for other things like music, games, and photo editing!).
eBooks have their advantages too. They don’t smell like old studies, carved with wood & stocked with scotch, but they do offer a convenience you can’t argue with. With a click of a button I can have the book in my hands without leaving the house (and I hate leaving my house). I can actually have a whole stack of books, yet they take up no more room (except memory on my iPad, but that’s never full anyways).
But then there’s the question of screen time. Between tvs, computers, and smart phones don’t we spend enough time absorbing that blue-light into our eyes? Especially before bed, it seems nice to give our eyes a break and tear ourselves away from screens.
What do you think? Weigh in on the books vs ebooks debate! Are you Team Books or Team eBooks? Let us know in the comments!
Love & Luck,