Monday, 5 January 2015

Books VS ebooks

I received as a gift from my parents in law a Kindle. That was... a year ago. I have not used it yet, to my great shame. I am old fashioned in some ways, in reading it is one of them. I love books as objects and while I do not judge a book by its cover, I find it nice to buy books with appealing covers. And you don't really have this in e-form. This physicality. But I will not be close minded and it is a very generous gift, so I will use it. And my bookshelves are crammed enough as it is anyway.

That said, I saw this meme on Facebook and I thought it was hilarious. But not only was it funny, it was also revealing: books as a form, with all their paper and clunky format, remain relevant today, if only because they are simpler to use. And they have a charm ebooks do not have. Not yet anyway.

4 comments:

haphazardlife said...

I thought I'd feel the same. I love books, always have, always will. I got a Kindle maybe 3-4 years ago (when they actually had keyboards) and I never looked back. I love having all those books with me at all times. And it's so much easier to travel with a kindle than with the 4-5 books I used to haul around.

But mostly? I realized that for me it's the content, not the container. And I save lots of $ with ebooks, which frees up more cash for graphic novels and art books. Win-Win

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i like holding a book when i am reading it. however, i think for students kindles make so much sense.

Cynthia said...

J'y pense parce que ma bibliothèque est pleine et on est rendu avec des piles de livres partout!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Funny cartoon! I prefer to read actual books too but sometimes the print is just too small! That's the big advantage of an e-reader -- you can adjust the font size.