Sunday Snap: E-Book or Printed Book?

Do you prefer an e-reader or a physical book?
Clearly, Vivian prefers the real deal to my Kindle.

Besides its compact size, I love my Kindle for several obvious reasons: it has a built-in dictionary, translator, highlighter, and a light when I need it. I can refer to Wikipedia, browse the web, and shop for books on Amazon. I can transfer my own files to my Kindle and read them. I can enlarge the text if I want. And, of course, e-books are easily accessible and usually cheaper.  With libraries closed and less access to physical books during the pandemic, my e-reader has been a godsend, to say the least.

In spite of the benefits of an e-reader, I do love the feel of a real book in my hands. When all is said and done, it is my preference. Some studies point to the fact that we better retain what we read from a printed book. And then there’s the colourful cover art!

How about you? Do you like one more than the other? I can hear some of you now: “Jennifer, the main thing is to read, no matter how you do it.”


“The story is truly finished—and meaning is made—not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters.” ~ Celeste Ng

38 thoughts on “Sunday Snap: E-Book or Printed Book?

  1. Aw the kitty got good taste 😂 I think both work well! Kindles do seem pretty amazing and since we’re in quarantine, e-books are a lot easier to access. But I prefer physical copies…not just because of the feel, smell, you name it, but because, interestingly *sort of* enough, I’m more compelled to read and finish physical books than e-books. 🤷‍♀️ But e-books are so helpful, and they’re getting us through these tough times, so kudos to them!!

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    1. First of all, thanks for visiting my blog today. 🙂
      My reading life, like yours, is made better by the inclusion of an e-reader and access to plenty of physical books. We don’t have to choose which we prefer, but yes, I love reading an actual book. I just finished my husband’s copy of The Mayor of Casterbridge, and as I usually find Hardy, I loved it. Now I’ve just picked Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not from his bookshelf. I see by your avatar profile you enjoy the classics as well 🙂

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  2. Hi Jennifer – I like both for the same reasons you mention. I especially like the Kindle search feature, which redeems the Kindle in not being able to flip through pages the way you would with a physical book. I use it a lot for library books – so easy. And the light is excellent, plus portability. But the physical book, I prefer paperback, still has a lot of appeal. Great post – we are of like minds!

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    1. Hi Barbara. I believe we are of like minds! Have you ever had a little trouble switching back to real books, though, after using your Kindle a lot? The other day I tried to flip the page of my paperback by tapping it, and once I touched a word to get its meaning. 😂

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  3. I too love the physical feel of books…but as I get older, and need to begin getting rid of things – and a Kindle makes it ok for me to keep reading without filling up more space.

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  4. A very good question, Jennifer, and a great post and discussion. I have spent most of my life in front of a computer and find that there are times that books and e-readers are not optimum for me. I love the smell of libraries, the feel of pages turning, the sound of a book opening and closing, but my eyes are tired at the end of day. Now, we have the possibility of audiobooks which brings us an alternative that harkens back to ancient times when oral tradition was in place. Listening to a great book reminds me of those marvelous bedtime stories of my childhood, as well as when my son and I took turns reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s, the Lord of the Rings together.

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    1. Like you, some of my fondest memories include time spent in libraries. I’m yet to try audiobooks, but I’m not ruling out giving them a go in the future. Storytelling in any form is vital, and reading to children is an oral tradition I hope never disappears. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Rebecca. 🙂

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  5. As the daughter of a printer/publisher, a printed book will always by my first love. I love opening the covers of a book and inhaling the aroma of ink on paper. I love turning the pages. I enjoy bookmarks I physically place in the book. However, my Kindle is my go-to “book” while travelling, reading in bed, or when I want to look up quotes, search names, enjoy the quickness of flipping back a few pages to center myself yet again. I just like reading but do have a preference for how and when I read.

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    1. You bring back memories from my childhood, when going to the library was such a highlight. I remember the excitement of buying Scholastic books in school too. Such a treat to dive into new books!
      You make a great point about embracing both printed books and e-readers. Thanks for the follow, Sherrey!


  6. I like both but lean toward the ereader because I can search a name and see what I’ve forgotten about them.

    Having said that, I’m sad that so many libraries are going contactless. Kids will miss the joy of feel a book, turning it’s pages, smelling the print. I hope that isn’t permanent.

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  7. I am firmly in the “both” camp. My Kindle has been a lifesaver, especially now, since library books have been hard to come by (our local library shut down completely for several months and now is open only for curbside pickup… not at all the great in-person browsing experience I love!).

    My cats, too, prefer physical book. Though they have never asked to look inside, enjoying them purely for their pillow-like qualities.

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    1. That has been my experience too, Audrey. I miss library books terribly, as our local library still doesn’t have curbside pickup in place.
      As for Vivian, she hasn’t evolved to perusing the inside of books—-yet. 😊


  8. Ha! Vivian looks so cute with her ‘elbow’ leaning on the book. I love the physical book. Once at work we were each asking different questions in my department–just for fun–and one gal said, “Real book or Kindle?” She was the only one who said Kindle. The rest of us all chose ‘real book’

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