Wednesday, March 21, 2012

“Real” Books vs. the Kindle


I was talking to two of my co workers yesterday about purchasing the Hunger Games series(I’ve got the fever). I was telling one of them that I was going to see if Barnes and Noble has them. I asked one coworker where she purchased hers and she said she just ordered it on her Kindle and I said, “O.K”. The other promptly chimed in and said “ I read all of mine (Hunger Game Series) on my Kindle. Then she proceeded to say, “Why would you want to hold over a thousand page book in your hands?” I happen to love the balancing act that comes with reading a book that is thicker and bigger than my hands; it gives me a geek high that I embraceSmile. On the other hand, I understand the convenience that a Kindle provides. Maybe Kindle owners also have great postures since they don’t have to tote heavy books around on their shoulders. However.



I. Still. Prefer. Buying. “Real Books”.  I love how they add dimension and movement to a space, the warmth they exude and their smell. A Kindle doesn’t awaken my senses like a book does. How about you? What do you think about a kindle vs. the actual book? Happy Wednesday everyone! XX

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27 comments :

  1. Oh boy that's a big can of worms you have opened there Stacey. While I do adore all my electronic gizmos, a book for me is a real book. Something to have and to hold, to return back to again and again. I love seeing rows and rows of them, like old friends, happily waiting on the shelves to be read again. But then again, in some situations (like traveling) an e-book is an advantage. So perhaps there is a place for both? x

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  2. I will never read a book on a kindle, that's for sure! I like holding a book :) Have a beautiful day!

    Kristin xo

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  3. AND SO DO I MY DEAR! I love my laptop, and I am addicted to Pinterest and blogging. But that is where my tech-addiction stops...for now! But a book is still a high for me....ENJOY! Anita

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  4. My daughter, who reads more than anyone I know, fought the Kindle. Then, someone gave her one for Christmas. Now, she switches between both paper books and e-books. I can't imagine her ever giving up the real thing but she travels quite a bit and with her Kindle, she can take so many more books with her. Also, she is always lugging her law school books around so having a lightweight option for her pleasure reading is great.
    I'm even worse, I've been on audio books for a few years now. I don't have much time to sit and read anymore so we listen to them in the car or while I'm doing laundry or cooking dinner.
    My daughter just told me to do the Hunger series next. Everyone seems to love it.

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  5. I was a snob about Kindle earlier ... but I have to admit it is great for traveling ... though of course nothing feels like a real book

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  6. Oh Stacey ... what a question! Haha. I've had this conversation with some of my bookworm friends and we're at the "agree to disagree" point because while I LOVE real books and will never stop buying them, I also LOVE my Nook. Sometimes I really want a certain book to have on my shelf and write in or whatever, and sometimes I'm happy to have it on the Nook so I can take it everywhere, read it over time, etc.

    For instance I pre-ordered a hard copy of Kelle Hampton's book, but I've bought Carol Goodman's and Bethenny Frankel's latest on my Nook. So it just depends on my mood I guess. :)

    One totally 21st-century/first-world problem I ran into with my Nook though, and posted on FB because it made me chuckle, was that my Nook battery died and my book wouldn't turn on! Only in 2012!!!

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  7. I bought a Kindle Fire for E, and I had no intention of reading anything on it, because like you, I prefer books.. but one nite, during a boring lecture at school (sshh! don't tell! haha) I bought a book on it, and now I'm kind of addicted. I still check out library books, but I prefer the Kindle at nite, because I don't have to leave a lamp on, disturbing Bryan, while I read.

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  8. It's all about real books for me! I love the weight and feel and texture of a real book in my hand. Can't imagine that I'll ever get a Kindle - however, I do remember saying the same thing about getting a mobile phone and using e-mails back in 1998! x

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  9. I always buy books because I love holding them and turning the pages, but I'm sure if I had a kindle, I would love it. The idea of being able to order any book on a whim is mighty appealing!

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  10. I want a kindle AND the actual book. I love having books in my space too :)

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  11. It's very hard to choose between these two, because I love to read both ways. I love printed books when I'm home and my Kindle when I travel and I can't carry those with me. I downloaded so many eBooks from All you can books... a site told by a good friend and I must thank him a lot.

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  12. I'm with you Stacy I'm a real book person and like the feel in my hands. My husband has a kindle and I tried to read something on it but awkward and not the same....real books please!

    XX
    Debra~

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  13. This is so timely. I finished the 3rd book in The Hunger Games trilogy last night. And, I read it the old fashioned way....in hardback. I have to say, for this book especially....I loved having the actual books. I read all three of them in a week. Could. Not. Put. Them. Down. That good.

    So.....however you decide to read it....it's a page turner!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  14. I love books. I love to see books on my bookshelves. I have boxes of books I cannot let go of. I am a book snob.

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  15. I would "never" read a kindle or a book in other form then a real book that requires I turn the pages and hold its seductive, beauitful words in my two hands. I refuse to buy electronic books, to me they are not real books and just a silly fad that people addicted to technology want because it the latest thing to be mss marketed.

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  16. For me it has to be a real book.I have a huge bookcase that is incredibly full to the point where Ive had to double books upon shelves and pile them on top, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  17. Preaching to the choir here!! I am a long time "real" book lover especially after working at a publishing house for almost 20 years!! Still to this day haven't read anything on my iPad!! Hunger Games was my 12 year old daughter's favorite series - she is reading now for the second time. We saw the movie the day it came out - it's fabulous!

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  18. I prefer a good old paper back books to kindle. I still love going to the library to borrow books and read :)

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  19. I have this same conversation repeatedly with friends! I love the feeling of a book. Of turning the pages, of leaving the bookmark in or turning down the page corner... I'm fighting the e-book revolution! :)

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  20. I'm with you...I don't think I will ever not want books around...I just love them too much! It makes me sad to think that my kiddos might not feel the same way! Dang you, kindle!!!

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  21. Gorgeous! Nothing like the smell of real books. Have a delightful weekend, Kellie xx

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  22. I prefer the real thing too. And someday, I'll have floor to ceiling bookshelves!

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  23. so did I. Kindle doesn’t awaken my senses like a book does till now. All my design book and other books I love are real. I began using a kindle (it was a x-mas present). It s good as a storage solution because I love reading but I want to have just my fav books around as real books in our minimalist home :) big hugs to you, Stacey

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  24. it's old-fashioned print for me, too. (just read HG, now on to the 2nd in the series.) donna

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  25. I use Kindle on my iPad, and like the portability at times, but there is nothing like the feel of a big fat book!

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  26. I owned a kindle for two weeks- I just couldn't do it- and returned it and will never doubt myself like that again.

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  27. I love books too. I won’t buy a Kindle until it’s medically necessary :).

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