BAsPC: Print Vs Digital

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Print Vs Digital: eBooks and eReaders are becoming more and more popular, what’s your stance on digital reading Vs print?

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I love both! No, really. After having an eReader and then a Kindle for the last few years, I’ve come to realise both have their merits and downfalls. I do love print and yes I have a romantic view of it, but when you read a story it shouldn’t be about what form it comes in. It should be about the story.

You can argue certain the form enhances the reading experience, and I agree to an extent, but I love a book just as much in digital as I do in print. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. So thought I’d list my pros and cons of each seeing as I can’t pick sides.

Print

  • Pros
    • Tangibility: When you have a hardcopy of something it’s much easier to feel as though it is available to you. I love being able to visually see books and handle them. Perusing my bookshelves brings a flood of memories, created from reading the books I can see. I find this incredibly helpful with the holes in my memory.
    • Gift Giving: I find the act of gift-giving better when the book is in print. It’s wonderful to be able to physically give them the book rather than sending it over the internet. They can touch it, unwrap it, and hold it.
    • Visually Appealing: Books are just beautiful to behold. Stacks of them piled haphazardly, neatly tucked into bookshelves, in order, not in order, on a bedside table, or poking out of someone’s bag, it doesn’t matter. Seeing books always makes me happy.
    • Bookmarks: Bookmarks aren’t necessarily needed, but when you go through phases of collecting them like I do, then you might want to read some print books.
  • Cons
    • Space: I love space. One problem with physical copies of books is the lack of space you end up with. I’ve been struggling with space issues because of my books for years now. It was so much easier when I had a maximum of fifty books and plenty of space to place them. Now… My minimum is usually somewhere around eight-hundred no matter how often I give books away. The ones adopted by others seem to be quickly replaced and I never get a chance to enjoy the space their departure created. No matter how much the lack of space can drive me crazy, I refuse to get rid of my collection. Not after all these years of collecting them…
    • The Wait: When your local store or library does not have the book you desperately want and you have to order it in, it can take ages. In Australia, there’s plenty of books from overseas that are not readily available. I can read some obscure titles and trying to get them in print is ridiculous. You can get lucky and get an order in two weeks, but I’ve been told it could take up to eight months for certain books. Ridiculous.
    • Bulk and Weight: As much as I love leaving the house and travelling with a book, it seriously annoys me when the book I’m reading is print and I have to travel with it. I have plenty of things to take with me, all my diabetic supplies really add up in space-taking, so adding a book creates even more unwanted weight and bulk to my bag. Don’t get me started on moving with books either.

Digital

  • Pros
    • Space Saver: Of course eBooks save space! You put what books you can on your eReader/Kindle and leave the rest on your computer. How easy? One book. Space for one slim, tiny, book is all you need. I love space! I love the ease of organisation too. So many folders to cram my books into… all without taking up more space in the bedroom and lounge room!
    • Ease of Acquirement: I bet this one is obvious. A few times I’ve been reading a series and almost had a fit because I didn’t have the next one (some reads are just so good you have to have them lined up). I remember when I was reading both The Antithesis series by Terra Whiteman and Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith I read a book in each series, finished them, and jumped online straight away. Within fifteen minutes I was reading the next in the series without even leaving my house. Phew! Talk about a great way to feed your curiosity.
    • Easy to Move: eBooks and eReaders aren’t a pain to pack up and move, carry in your bag, and don’t strain your arms like a heavy volume will. You don’t have to worry about damaging the jacket cover, pages falling out, and accidentally bending the cover when you pick it up and move it about.
    • Gym Friendly: Seriously, eReaders are gym-friendly. I can read at the gym and actually work out! I love it. It gives my brain something to do while I push it on the bike or treadmill. Granted I can’t read when I’m rowing, but at least some of my workout isn’t boring.
  • Cons
    • DRM: There’s going to be issues with availability when the product you’re after is overseas instead of in your own country. It makes it even more problematic when it comes to eBooks though. It really comes down to where you buy, rather than what you buy. Of course what you buy does play a small part, but I can get titles from Australian-based stores that I can’t get from American-based, or UK-based stores. They will all sell the same title, but too bad if I want to buy a book from an online store because it’s cheaper. Too bad.
    • Device Specific: Along with DRMs, there’s the availability for your device. It’s understandable when it’s electronic devices, but when you can get a title from a Kindle store and only a Kindle store, I think it goes against the point of ease of availability. I’m lucky these days because I have a Sony eReader and access to a Kindle, but deciding on what format they’re going to buy needs to be a consideration for a new eReader-buyer.
    • Corrupted Files: Sometimes it won’t matter if your computer dies or files get corrupted. There’s stores that keep your purchased eBooks on file, but what about the ones that don’t? Well, if you don’t back up your eBook collection you’re probably going to lose a lot of titles. I guess the same could be said for print though, except in a more physical way (fires and water damage, oh my).
    • Poor Formatting: This all comes down to where you get it and what your device is. I’m not going to complain when I acquire a book in eARC stages, or as a freebie. They’re not always going to be formatted very well. It’s a reality of some companies and authors to have eBooks without great formatting. I can stand it though, but it can get annoying when you’re distracted from the story because of bad formatting. It’s the digital version of bad editing.

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4 thoughts on “BAsPC: Print Vs Digital

    • That’s a good idea Yuna. I usually collect Postcards when I travel, or get others to find them for me, but I might have to start with bookmarks now.

      How many have you collected?

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      • Thank you :). Nice to hear.

        I don’t count how many I’ve collected, but I’ve been collected it from my travel from this past two year. Sometimes when i didn’t fine a real bookmark from one place, i just took something cute that left from the trip to become a bookmark (example a cute pink penguin pasmo card from Tokyo, an entrance glossy ticket from Kiyomizudera temple Kyoto, bus ticket at Sydney, etc :D). and i’ll collect more 🙂

        oh yeah, since i couldn’t get any bookmark from my last travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, i take my entrance ticket to Angkor Wat (which my photo was printed on it) as a bookmark 😀

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      • Thank you :).

        I don’t count how many I’ve collected, but I’ve been collected it from my travel from this past two year. Sometimes when i didn’t fine a real bookmark from one place, i just took something cute that left from the trip to become a bookmark (example a cute pink penguin pasmo card from Tokyo, an entrance glossy ticket from Kiyomizudera temple Kyoto, bus ticket at Sydney, etc :D). and i’ll collect more 🙂

        oh yeah, since i couldn’t get any bookmark from my last travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, i take my entrance ticket to Angkor Wat (which my photo was printed on it) as a bookmark 😀

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