Let’s Talk Bookish: All About Ebooks.

Hello and happy Friday.

I am gearing up for a hectic month because August is the month I move to the United States for nearly 4 months for my Study Abroad programme. I am shitting myself. To help me ignore this shit-scared feeling I’m going to focus on scheduling a bunch of blog posts.

Because I’m going to be so busy, I figured for at least this month, I’m going to take part in Let’s Talk Bookish again!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme create 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 August 2022 prompts!

This week’s topic is … All about Ebooks (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?

Are ebooks the future of books?

Oh no definitely not. I’m big on ebooks right now but that’s because I’m not living in one concrete place and won’t be for a fair few years and even then I’ve still bought more physical books then I should.

While I do think e-books are going to become more popular I definitely don’t think they’ll replace physical copies for a variety of reasons: the aesthetic of having a bookshelf, book designs are getting prettier and prettier each year, the smell, the act of bookshopping itself.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks? 

In my eyes ebooks have two major advantages: one) they’re usually cheaper and you can start reading at just a click of a button and two) you can carry around an entire library worth of books in your back pocket.

Them being so cheap can also be a disadvantage though as I have no self control and the Kindl 99p sales own my ass. I try telling myself “you don’t need it, you have so many others, you don’t have time” but the other half of my brain goes “but you do kind of want to read it at some point and when are you ever going to get it for so cheap again?”

Are ebooks strictly better than physical books?

No definitely not. While ebooks are more practical, physical books are just superior in every way. Also, books are including more unique things into their formatting such as illustrations which just don’t translate well in e-book format.

Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books? 

I mean I assume so. I feel like every bookish person I’ve talked to, have come across online all seem to prefer real books. I suppose there’s the readers who easily read like 150+ books a year that maybe prefer physical books.

Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet? 

I have a kindle and the kindle app on my phone. Annoyingly they’re not linked to the same email (and I can’t remember the email for my kindle) so I have different books on each device.

Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other?

I always miss one when I’m using the other. For example when I’m reading a physical book and it’s getting late I think “ugh I wish I had this on Kindle so I could read snuggled up in bed without the lamp” but then when I’m reading on Kindle I think “ugh I wish I had the physical copy of this cause I wanna keep reading but I’m running out of charge”.

Clearly I’m just never happy.

So there we have my thoughts and feelings on e-books. I had a lot of fun with this weeks Let’s Talk Bookish discussion and I’m looking forward to the rest of the months topics.

I’d love to hear what you think on this subject! Let’s talk in the comments. Thanks for reading 🙂

Elli xx

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: All About Ebooks.”

  1. Great post! I think I also have a little bit of that “grass is always greener on the other side” kind of feeling. Like the feel and smell of a regular book is great, but less convenient, and total vice versa for a an e-book! They really just fill two different niches.

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  2. Books are interesting, because around the time nearly all media was turning digital, especially TV, Movies and Music, they tried it with books as well but it just didn’t work, it had a brief hype with eReaders and the like but it didn’t take off. Nearly everything is online now, but people definitely still prefer physical books.

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