Saturday, January 31, 2015

Physical vs Ebooks... A nice dilemma to have!

Okay, so the start of this is going to be a bit rambly so I hope you forgive me, but I have a point, honestly!

This all started when I ended up on Youtube last week, looking at 'booktubes'. Something I've found myself contemplating a bit lately, but that is a whole other entry! Anyway, one of the people - Whitney, of WhittyNovels - had a post where she mentioned BookOutlet. I took note of the site and thought hey, I'll check that out later, see how cheap the books actually are.

The answer is very cheap, which means that I'm going to have a couple of posts soon about books that I've ordered!

Now, the interesting thing here is that these are physical books. I haven't bought physical books in awhile, to be honest. I've switched mostly to ebooks, partly because dragging books back and forth to work was a bit of a pain when I didn't have anywhere to put them and literally had to take them back and forth each day. Now I have a dedicated desk, though, so the inconvenience of that isn't the concern that it was before. T

The book industry really has changed quite a bit since I was a kid - oh look, I'm showing my age - ebooks exist now, and they are growing in popularity, which I completely get as I love them myself. I have a Kobo Glo and I adore it, I love that I can carry so many books with me and never run out of reading material.

All the same, though, I still really appreciate the appeal of physical books as well! First of all, the covers... Covers on an eReader are just not the same as they're quite often in black and white. Even on a phone screen or tablet reader they're not necessarily the same as they lack the depth and shine that physical covers can have. 

That and something I realised - or more aptly, remembered, watching videos on Youtube... Physical books are so much fun to buy and own and explore! The covers, the pages - heck, even the smell, of course :P I remember when I was a kid I used to trek up to the library multiple times a week and come home loaded down... Curling up with a book in my hands was one of my favourite experiences, and I have missed that, as much as I love ebooks. So I may have to go through my collection and prune a bit to make room for some more books in my future, we'll see!

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