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The book versus the e-reader

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Three years ago I was completely against e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle because I loved showing off all the books I owned on a bookshelf and would even store them alphabetically, which gave me a feeling of accomplishment. It wasn’t the fact that bookstores were closing down around me, as I would always buy books online anyway (who doesn’t like to save money?) that made me detest these new electronic versions of books, but the fact that I wouldn’t be able to hold a book, flick through the pages or turn down the corners to mark where I had read to.

However, last year I caved. I bought a Kindle. My reason behind buying one was that I’d be travelling for a year and the suitcase allowance at airports would never be large enough for me to transport my books around! Books are just a hassle when going on holiday. When I was younger I would go to the library and take out the maximum number of books allowed and would always read them and reread them in the space of two weeks because I couldn’t take enough books with me. My hand luggage would be stuffed full of books just to make my suitcase lighter!

Since I’ve had an e-reader, I don’t think I would ever buy a book again. I have no need. Books are bulky and heavy whereas an e-reader can easily be slipped into a handbag and is extremely light. I don’t want to be carrying round a book all day just so I have something to do on the metro, but instead I am carrying round a whole library!

Electronic books are also a lot cheaper than the hard copies and a lot of the time you can find some amazing books for free too. There’s even an option to read a sample of the book before you buy it, which I find is a great thing. There’s nothing worse than buying a book and not being able to get through the first chapter!

I do hate that many people are losing their jobs because of the rise in people buying digital versions of books, but that is the direction our world is moving in, as it’s happened to music and films too. I think the number of people owning e-readers will continue to rise despite how sad it is that paper copies of books will disappear. Keep turning those pages whilst you can!


What do you think about e-readers? Have you got one? Would you like one? 


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KemoF 7 August, 2018 - 04:39

Both are great. Well, I like to read e-books for pleasure, but when it comes to a textbook, I prefer to have paper books, perhaps!

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Nadoda_362 3 May, 2015 - 08:37

I like both books and e-readers, but i prefer e-readers because some books which i am interested to read aren't available in the library, and the books in our school library aren't interesting.So i can get many of the books i want are all available on e-reader....

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Regina12 21 March, 2015 - 13:43

I have real books with me. I've tried using e-books and man.. my eyes hurts. So yeah, I prefer the paper books wherein I can read for hours and sometimes I can doodle on the pages.

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student123 18 February, 2015 - 15:36

I've read a book once on Kindle and didn't like this experience. I just like to feel the paper in my hands while I'm reading.

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sailor moon 18 July, 2014 - 13:28

I don`t like e-readers, even because i have one. I love reading books, the feeling that they give me is irreplaceable. I LOVE BOOKS !

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Gali_N89 4 June, 2014 - 18:42

Actually I think that if you are a loyal reader, paper books never disappear, go to a bookstore and smell the paper, that always be the best.

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June 12 May, 2014 - 15:10

Nothing can ever replace the traditional books. Everytime I read books, the feeling of turning pages always does "something". I can't find a perfect word to describe it, but I know it's very important to me...

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MiuMiu 2 May, 2014 - 09:45

Yeah... I want to have an e-reader. I saved money for this for a long time. I have near to enough money. I will buy it on this month or next month. I like Kindle Paperwhite 2013 (it's not really white and I love this). I love paper book has a little yellow and on e-reader too :)
Some paper book are too expensive for me and not easy to buy or bring with. So e-reader is good thing to instead. In my home I still read paper book because it's really good felling , I like to go to old book stores. It's has many old book and I find books I want to read, it is old but still good. When I read I want note on this but I can't with some. Books are really have value, don't want it's more dirty :( With e-reader I think I can note easily and don't mind about that :)
And with e-reader, it's the good way to save wood but we can still read thousands book on this. Today people have a lot condition to buy books, it mean we use a lot of wood to make book. It's not good for nature :( Paper books are good and e-reader too :)

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JuliaP 24 June, 2014 - 19:38

I have electronic reader in my smartphone but unlike wide variety of people here I prefer paper books to e-books.
Am I old-fashionated? I don't even know. I like everything in paper book! Its smell, its rustle. Paper book seems like friend to me what I can't say about e-book.

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adonis11 24 March, 2014 - 14:06

I prefer real book too because touch the paper of books are feeling better. Maybe it's very useful but everything isn't in electronical system.

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WhiteRabbit 22 March, 2014 - 01:29

It is more comfortable for me to read real books. Because at school, textbooks are not a kindle, and in libraries books are also real. We still can get a lot of real books to read from many places and when you see these big books, it will push you to open the first page. However, a kindle is useful for business people and people who often travel around.

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ahlaom 21 March, 2014 - 21:10

I prefer real books , made of paper and also it's better to read a book that's you can touch and it's the healthiest in all world for our eyes and our mind so please use the real books for healthier life.☆★

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Crystallized 21 March, 2014 - 19:23

Even though I do prefer to read a real book(Especially hardcovers, because they feel so nice. I really have a fetish for those x'D), It's nice to have hundreds of books wherever you go. It is amazing because you can get a book that takes less than a megabyte, and can last forever.

Sadly, I do not own a kindle. I just read books that i download to my iPod.

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Alexandra2003 19 March, 2014 - 14:10

I like real books - feeling them in my hands and turning pages.... But e-readers aren't bad too - the are very comfortably in trios or journeys and it's easier to purchase books

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Harabeli Supersweet 18 March, 2014 - 14:17

No, I don't have and I don't want to buy one. I prefer real books, made of paper more. It's better to read a book that you can touch and it's even healthier for our eyes and mind. And book shelves are so wonderful.

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justcricketforme 17 March, 2014 - 14:30

I prefer paperback since it doesn't harm your eyes much and that I love to show off my own collection too! No, I don't have a Kindle.

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Tina - Coordinator 15 October, 2014 - 16:37

Thanks Thomvak425, you right:)
I have corrected it! 
Regards, Tina (LearnEnglish Teen Team)

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