Monday, November 4, 2013

My E-book vs. Hard Copy Dilemma

by Kate Collins

When I buy a book these days, I have a tough decision to make: Should I get a hard copy or download an E-book? On one hand, I like to be able to slip my Kindle in my purse and go. It takes up very little room in a suitcase, too, and of course, I can store many books on it.  Plus, the digital copies of many new hardbacks are a lot less expensive to buy -- a definite plus.

On the other hand, when I read a book for book club, our discussions often make me want to flip back through the pages to find a certain passage. And is it me, or are the E-readers freaking impossible to do that on? Making notes in the margins? ACK! Do I really want to type them in on itsy bitsy keypads and then do a search for them? What about deleting books that I didn't like? What if I change my mind down the road? I won't find it stuck in a box on a shelf, that's for certain.

And what about all the artwork that goes into a cover? On an E-reader like I have, you might as well forget about it.

Granted, I have an original, no frills Kindle, so the advanced E-readers may do all those things easily -- or not. But since I type all day on a computer keyboard, having to manipulate one more computer device does not feel relaxing to me. It feels like work.

At least I still have a choice of what kind of book to buy. I have a hard time imagining a world of all digital books. I hope that day never comes.

What type of book source do you prefer? Do you see a future of paperless books?