Michael Hyatt wrote a great article, Why I’m Putting Ebooks on The Shelf for 2016, that made me smile. You see, I am partial to physical books. I alway have and always will. Call me old-fashioned but I LOVE the smell, touch, and act of turning the pages of a physical book. In fact, I resisted getting a Kindle for that very reason. I didn’t get one until about two years ago when I got a Kindle Touch for my birthday; and the only reason I did, was because there were books that I wanted to read that only came in an e-book format.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything against ebooks or Kindles or Nooks or any eReader. I enjoy reading books and stories on my Kindle and, unlike Michael Hyatt, my reading has not declined since getting my eReader. It is quite the opposite, actually. The amount of books I’ve read have increased since getting the Kindle, especially because it is so light and portable.
Still, given the choice, I will all choose physical books. Hyatt offers out two particularly good points about physical books. First, “real” books are easier to engage with because you can write in the margins, underline, and even doodle on physical books. Yes, you can highlight and write notes but it is clunkier and just not the same. Secondly, there is something imminently more satisfying about finishing a regular book than an e-book. When I close a physical book for the last time, I get a myriad of emotions that I just don’t experience when I finish a Kindle book.
Hyatt’s article shows me that I’m not alone. The sales of physical books may be down but I don’t think they are going anyway soon! What about you? Do you prefer ebooks or physical book? Why?
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