Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Have you made the switch from print to e-books? Is either one exclusive?
I am still holding out with paper books. Too much of my life involves a screen: professionally, in my personal projects (writing, blogging, and so on) and in my entertainment (TV). I still like looking at paper when I read.
I get it, though. I understand the appeal of carrying many, many books in a light-weight fashion. Right now I’m reading an 1,100 page behemoth that even in paperback has some weight to it. I find myself less likely to wax poetic about the joy of paper and the smell of old books (although it is a nice smell) than I might have done five or ten years ago. I feel like the big ebook vs. paper book debate has actually settled down.
People got intense when ebooks first arrived. Now it seems like people have settled into their preferences, and ebooks have not been the death of paper books. Which is nice. Because I still like reading on paper instead of looking at a screen. And I still don’t trust that digital books I buy will remain accessible as long as my paper books.
I have gone over to digital audiobooks. And that is nice, to just download books from the library onto my phone, instantly, and carry them around. I may get into ebooks some day, especially borrowed from the library. But for now? I still like paper.