Are e-books worth less than print books?
I came across a couple of comments recently that got me thinking once again about my attitudes to e-books and print books. I don’t want to go into the pros and cons of each again as this has been covered numerous times by bloggers far more eloquent than me. I am a fan of both – I adore my kindle. It was the best birthday present I ever received. I have over 100 books waiting to be read on their and I especially treasure it for Netgalley books which is how most of my review books come to me. However, I tend to only read one e-book for every two print books. If I really like an e-book, I try to get hold of a copy of the same book in print…why…?
|Kindle Books vs. Paper Books?|
It is exactly the same story, the same words whether on ink on a page or e-ink in a screen. The same characters, the same thrills, the same emotional highs and lows. Yet, the paper book is more real than the e-book. Perhaps it’s because there weren’t any e-books when I was growing up (in the same way I still buy CD rather than downloads) and when people say ‘book’ to me, I immediately think a cover with 300-odd leaves between them. E-books are great to experiment with for new authors and novellas – I love catching up with some of favourite authors in between big book releases, but all of my favourite authors – both new and old have an actual book on the my cramped bookshelves. I guess feel more emotionally attached to print books than I do e-books.
So I was wondering if anyone else felt the same way and why? Or do you disagree? If you love an e-book, do you then buy a paper copy? Why? Do you place less ‘value’ on e-books than print? After all the same amount of thought, editing and hard work by the author goes into each. Let's discuss!