With the rise of the internet, I’ve been hearing for years that libraries and bookstores are dying out as ebooks rise in popularity and convenience. I actually wrote a paper on that topic my sophomore year of high school, and I’m a freshman in college now, so that shows that it’s been a big discussion for at least three years now.
Actually, my parents have offered to buy me a nook for ebooks for various birthdays and Christmases, but I really don’t want one. The experience of reading an ebook versus a physical book is totally different for me. I’ve read many books on Wattpad and loved them, don’t get me wrong, I just love reading physical copies more. In an ebook, I can see how many pages are left or what page of the book I’m on, but seeing a number isn’t the same as physically seeing and feeling how much or how little of a book there is left. Also, I’m on my phone pretty much every second of the day if I’ve not reading, eating, or doing something else that I have to do. I get plenty of screen time, so when I read a book, I want to escape from that. If I read on my phone, there are way too many distractions such as social media and other apps that can tear my attention away. I’m not exactly sure how nooks and kindles work, as in if they would provide those same distractions when connected to the internet or not, but it’s a lot easier to disconnect and unwind if I don’t have those extra distractions.
Thirdly: aesthetic. I love displaying and getting to look at all of my books on their shelves, and I don’t get that satisfaction looking at the books in my iBooks section on my phone. All of the covers are so beautiful and unique, and I love seeing them out in the world, whether it be on my shelf or in a bookstore.
I know there are a bunch of other reasons why I prefer physical books to ebooks, but these are just a few! I’ll add more to this post as I think of them. Which do you prefer, and why? Let me know in the comments!