Books v. Ebooks: Because I like throwing them across the room.

April 9, 2014 § 4 Comments

As a writer and a book addict, I’ve often partaken of the “physical/real books v. ebooks” debate, but I’ve never written a concise list to reinforce my opinion (I prefer physical books).

1. They are like people. Each mark received from the places the loving reader drags the book only adds to it’s character. You can read them in the rain, in the midday sun, in the middle of the woods, without worrying about screen brightness, damage, or battery life.

2. You can make stuff out of them such as giant domino sets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np450xMSncE#t=167), notebooks (oh the horror), or art… good art. Think about it though, if a book is bad art in the first place, you may as well recycle it into a notebook, where good art will be made, or craft it directly into a work of art.

3. Vintage. Old books are the best. They are magnificently bound and smell wonderful.

4. They are durable, which is of utmost importance when reading a book like The Hunger Games or Of Mice and Men. Physical copies give you the added benefit of flinging them across the room, throwing them out the window, or jumping up and down on them without the anxiety of a potentially cracked screen.

5. Spine Poetry… This is new to me, but is a fantastic idea! I’d never thought about taking the time to read the spines of stacked books before, but now I find myself doing this like a religion. Our English professor prompted us to compose a poem out of the books in the library (up to 10).  You can find more spine poetry here.

After the FuneralOut of the Dust

Beauty

Of Nightingales That Weep

The War Within

Heart’s Blood

Where Trouble Sleeps

Empty World

Two Homes

Death Be Not Proud

After the Funeral

6. Note-taking in the margins nothing compares. Ebooks have a lot to measure up to.

7. Lending, Giving, and Passing Down… Physical books can be easily lent to a friend, inscribed and given for a special occasion, and passed down from generation to generation; however, the technology used to read ebooks is ever-changing, making it pointless to pass down ebooks to future generations.

8. You can see every book you own by eyeing the beautiful volumes filling the shelves around you (at least, that’s what dutiful book-collectors and readers dream of).

9. Used books. There is something poetic about a used book; it has it’s own dynamic story, and tells you the narrative fixated upon the pages in ink. It has been places you haven’t, had adventures you have yet to dream of, and beckons you into it’s own world of adventure. Not to mention, they are significantly cheaper.

10. Finishing— that moment when you close the book and feel accomplished.

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