Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the July 2022 prompts!
Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:
All about Ebooks
(SUGGESTED BY FIVES @ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)
Prompts: Are ebooks the future of books? What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks? Are ebooks strictly better than physical books? Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books? Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet? Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other?
EBOOKS: THE FUTURE OF BOOKS?
This is an interesting question that I haven’t really given much thought to. There are so many reasons why ebooks could be the books of the future, namely they’re (mostly) easier to access (in terms of buying), are usually cheaper than physical books, can be carried in the thousands wherever you go and aren’t limited to one device (i.e. e-reader, phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). Do I think they’re the future of books? As much as I love ebooks, I certainly hope that they don’t replace physical books and become the future of books! Maybe they’ll gain popularity as more people give them a try but (as far as I know) many still prefer physical copies, and again, many are unable to read digital copies for various reasons (we’ll come back to this further on).
A FEW PROS AND CONS
I made this list of pros and cons about ebooks in a recent LTB and what I wrote still goes. A huge ebook pro for me personally is gaining access to books in general and in particular the newest releases. As an international reader living in a non-Western country, I don’t always get the “hot and new” releases at my local bookstore and even if I (pre-)order a copy, it still takes a minimum of one month to arrive at my doorstep! So I love the instant access I get with ebooks. As someone who also doesn’t have access to a library, I love subscriptions like Kindle Unlimited that allow me borrow up to 20 books at a time. Since I have to buy all the books I read, unless they’re ARCs, having access to KU brings me so much joy as I can read tons of books without having to dig deeper into my bank balance.
That’s not to say there aren’t any cons to ebooks. Prior to getting my own credit card (cos where I live it ain’t easy and digital banking etc. is still years behind compared to other countries) I had to rely on transferring funds to my dad so I could use his credit card to purchase books. Let’s just say it wasn’t fun…? 💀 Obviously, not having the means to purchase online is a con, not having access to internet is a con, and so is not having the right gadget (version) to read on. Buying books, in general, is a privilege and I believe buying ebooks is even more so!
Another non-monetary con of reading ebooks is that sometimes the formatting really sucks. I hate when pages or text don’t show up properly and there are gaps, etc., though this mostly happens when I read ARCs and less so with finished copies.
DO ALL AVID READERS PREFER “REAL” PAPER BOOKS?
Since I consider myself an avid reader I’d say the answer would be a hard no! 😂 As I mentioned before though, there are various reasons why some people prefer real paper books to digital copies and it’s not just ‘for the ‘gram’! For example, some people are unable to read them for medical reasons.
Ever since I got gifted my first Kindle in 2012, I’ve spent more and more time reading on it. This year alone, I’ve done 90% of my reading on Kindle and not only for convenience as I’ve been travelling a lot, but because I’m mostly reading ARCs and romances. Not to mention I literally have thousands of books on my Kindle so… I gotta start making a dent in it at some point, right? 🙊 That’s not to say that I don’t love physical copies because I still do love them and I’m a sucker for Illumicrate and special editions! It’s not that I’ve stopped reading physical copies completely, I just read them less but I do pick them up every now and again whenever I’m tired of reading on my device and I miss the feeling of holding an actual book!
What do you think, friends? Are ebooks the future of books? Do you prefer them or do you still prefer physical copies? What do you like/dislike about ebooks?