Friday, February 15, 2013

Paper or E-Book?

As if I didn't know this about myself already....I saw this little quiz over at Socrates' Book Review and just had to take it.  If you'd like to take the test too, then go here: Are You a Print Book or an Ebook?

You Are a Paper Book

When it comes to reading, you really value quality over quantity. You are a devoted reader.
You don't like to rush through anything you are reading. You like to get up close and personal with your books.

Paper books suit you best, even if they are pricier and more difficult to obtain. Like a good story, they are worth it for you.
Besides, there is nothing you like more than having a beautiful bookshelf full of books you love. No eBook can do that for you.


The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I took the quiz and am an Ebook although personally I like reading both. I tend to remember print books better than e though so when reviewing, I prefer a hard copy.

Man of la Book said...

I think people are missing the point about eBooks. They are simply a different delivery method for a product, they don't replace anything.

Bev Hankins said...

Man of La Book: I'm afraid I have to disagree. For those of us for whom books are more than just the words that we read, e-readers DO replace something. They replace the beloved, hold-it-in your-hand, paged item with nifty cover art or lovely bindings that can be placed on a shelf and decorate a room and then be taken down and held all over again. A Kindle (or Nook or whatever glowing e-reader one has) sitting on a shelf just doesn't do the same thing for me. Browsing through book titles on line isn't anything like walking into a whole store full of books and roaming the aisles--just waiting for some book that you don't even know you might want to jump out at you. I NEVER go to Amazon (or any other online bookseller) and just browse titles (for hard copy books) without knowing exactly what I want. There is no fortuitous find that winds up in my shopping cart. That's better for my pocket book....but not for me as a reader. It wouldn't be any different "shopping" for titles to load on an e-reader. For me the whole experience is much more than a delivery system to get words to my eyes.

Yvette said...

I didn't take the test, Bev. But I KNOW I'm a paper book. I'd hate to think otherwise. Ha.

But that doesn't mean I'm not considering buying a Kindle. The cheapy one. It's for all the free books I'm finding available online as well as the 2.99 (and often less) specials. Let's face it too there are just some books that are more easily available online. Point of fact, I hate reading off my PC, so I think the Kindle is the only way out of this particular dilemma.

For instance, I recently found SCARAMOUCHE by Rafael Sabatini for free on line. Now I'd much rather have a nice cozy old paper copy, but they are nowhere to be found. At least at a reasonable price.

But that doesn't mean I will love my paper books any less.

Ryan said...

I don't need to take the quiz to know I'm a paper book. I can't imagine ever caving in and buying a ereader.

Bev Hankins said...

Yvette: I know that there are some books that aren't available in print (at least not often or at reasonable prices)....but the way I look at it, I have enough paper books on my TBR stacks to last me for years and I'm always able to find delectable little gems in the used bookshops. I have no fear of not having a paper book that I want to read.