Ana Talks: Physical Books vs E-Books

Posted October 22, 2014 by Ana Love in All Posts, Ana Talks, Bookish Talks / 0 Comments

A lot of people have been discussing their opinions on what format of book they prefer, so I decided to join the discussion for a couple reasons. The first reason is to explain why I ask for physical copies in my review policy. The second is to see if anyone else have the same opinions as I do.

Well, as I stated above- I prefer physical copies of books over e-versions. There’s just something so satisfying in being able to hold the book in your hand and to flip the pages, and to be able to highlight or underline or scribble in the margins. I mean I haven’t written in many books, but I like having the option. Yes, I can basically hear people yelling that with e-copies I can highlight and underline and some have the feature where it looks like the page is flipping- but it’s not the same. At least not for me.

A lot of people argue that with e-copies of books you can bring an entire library with you whenever you go on vacation or a short trip. You have a good point there, but it doesn’t really apply to me because I hardly ever go on vacation and when I do I’m usually too busy enjoying time with my family to be reading an entire library of books.

Here’s the number one reason why I have a difficult time reading e-books: if I do read them, I read them off of my phone. I do not have a Kindle or Nook or any type of e-reader except for the Kindle and iBooks app on my phone. Why does this matter? I’m a 17 year old social media addict. If I get to a boring part I will go on Instagram or Twitter and next thing you know I forgot all about the book. It takes me months to read a book on my phone that will usually take me a few days or a week. With a physical copy of a book I can just leave my phone in one room and read in another, that way I can concentrate on the book only.

Also, my mom likes to take away my phone….for entire days. No, I’m not being punished, sometimes she does it because I’m suppose to be doing homework or studying so she takes it away so I won’t be tempted. Other times, like yesterday, she takes it away just because she doesn’t want me to be on social media. When this happens (which it does often) I am left bookless and bored.

So that’s why I don’t like e-books. I mean I will read them if that’s the only possible way, but it will take me forever. If you are reading this because you were directed here by my review policy, please know this. If an author wants me to read and review his or her book in a timely fashion it will be best for both of us if you sent a physical copy!

What are your thoughts? Let’s discuss below (:


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