E-reader vs. Book by Jackie Kimmel
I am at a crossroads. I have entered into an internal debate over which I love more, my Nexus or a printed book. Both have their merits. Both accomplish the end result of allowing me to read. However, I can’t seem to commit to one form of book media.
Here’s where I’m at in the current debate –
1) Sun – When it comes to reading outside (which I love to do here in the Mile High region) printed books are hands down better. Unless you have the black and white kindle E-reader, which I don’t, any E-reader or tablet screen is quite difficult to read out in the sun. Since Colorado gets over 300 days of sun a year, this presents an outdoor reading problem.
SCORE: Nexus – 0, Book – 1
2) Cost – Printed books are more expensive compared to their E-book counterparts, but E-readers have an upfront cost ($100 – $500 depending on device). Sometimes it is difficult for me to purchase printed books in a store because I know that for the price of one new book in the store, I could easily get two (or possibly three) E-books and get more words for my money.
SCORE: Nexus – 1, Book – 1
3) E-readers vs. Tablets – I have had three e-readers and/or tablets in my life thus far, all hand-me-downs. My first e-reader was the best because it was a black and white Kindle that did nothing but store books. I then graduated to the Kindle Fire and eventually landed on my current Google Nexus. I love my Nexus. However, it is more than a device for books. I can check e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. That can be an easy distraction from my book if I see notifications buzzing in the background.
SCORE: Nexus – 1, Book – 2
4) My Bathtub – Let’s keep it real…I love to read in the bathtub. The Shelf Pleasure logo is a snapshot of my reading life with the exception that I have blonde hair. I refuse to take my Nexus into the bathtub, period. I have dropped a few books into the bath in my day and the worst that happens is I finish the book with a little crunchy wrinkle at every page turn. I can’t afford to lose my Nexus to the soap suds so at a minimum I will always have to have at least one printed book in my house.
SCORE: Nexus 1, Book – 3
5) The Feel – This point is the one that haunts me the most. I genuinely love the feel and smell of a printed book. It doesn’t matter if it is a brand new book or an old library book I love the feel and the excitement of turning each page. However, my Nexus is very light, I can turn the page with the swipe of my finger and no matter the book/novel I am reading it is all stored on one simple, compact device. Despite the sleek look of my Nexus, people tend to look at me funny if I attempt to smell it the same way I would a book.
SCORE: Nexus – 1, Book 4
Well, if I opt to end the debate based on the scoreboard I should stick to printed books. However, I know deep down that my Nexus isn’t going anywhere. My Nexus is my go-to bedtime snuggle buddy. I may just have to be a literary polygamist and have both printed books and my Nexus fight for my affection.
Jackie Kimmel is a writer who lives in Broomfield, Colorado. She is the former editor of several publications including: RV Trade Digest Magazine, The Morning Bridge, The Sky Report, Tusk Magazine and The Daily Titan Newspaper. She has loved reading since she was very young and prefers biographical, historical and chick-lit books. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Jkimmel2986.
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