Paperback or eBook?

This week’s writing challenge is asking: How do you prefer to read, with an eReader like a Kindle or Nook, or with an old school paperback in hand?

That’s not a hard question to answer for me. Paperback!
I like the feel of an actual book. The scent of an old book (or a new one) makes me happy.  I love going in a bookshop and just browse. I can spend ages in a charity shop, going through books. I love to see row upon row of shelving filled to the brim with books.

And, think about it. What am I supposed to do with my spare room when I don’t have books?
What about BookCrossing? I’m an avid BookCrosser. How are we going to make the world one big library when we don’t have real books anymore? It’s simply not possible.

I can see the advantages of eBooks over real books. If you travel a lot you can bring as many books as you like without the added weight. And if your book is a thick book, an eBook is easier to bring with you on a train, but there’s no joy in eBooks for me.
I’d rather take a FlipBack with me while travelling then an eReader.

So, no eReader for me. Just give me a good book and I’ll be happy.

Photo courtesy of jurvetson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/4239651/

Photo courtesy of jurvetson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/4239651/

If you do decide to get rid of some books, please think about donating them to BookCrossing. There are lots of BookCrossers who are always on the look out for new books to set free!

8 comments

  1. Ivynettle says:

    BookCrossing is one of the things on my mental list of decluttering ideas. I’ve only ever found one book (and set it free again), but I think it’s an awesome thing!

    • Frouk says:

      It is an awesome thing. But most BXers end up with more books then when they began. So for decuttering it might not be a good option.
      But if you like the concept of BookCrossing, by all means, go ahead and set some books free!
      It’s great to get responses back from surprised finders.

      • Ivynettle says:

        I won’t mind cluttering the space up again if I end up with books I enjoy more than the ones I want to get rid of. 🙂 Decluttering is probably not quite the right word – I guess I want different stuff more than I want less stuff!

        • Frouk says:

          Oh, I know what you mean! I’ve found out so many writers that I like. Without BookCrossing I wouldn’t ever have found them.
          And it’s great community to be a part of.

  2. Ivynettle says:

    BookCrossing is one of the things on my mental list of decluttering ideas. I’ve only ever found one book (and set it free again), but I think it’s an awesome thing!

    • Frouk says:

      It is an awesome thing. But most BXers end up with more books then when they began. So for decuttering it might not be a good option.
      But if you like the concept of BookCrossing, by all means, go ahead and set some books free!
      It’s great to get responses back from surprised finders.

      • Ivynettle says:

        I won’t mind cluttering the space up again if I end up with books I enjoy more than the ones I want to get rid of. 🙂 Decluttering is probably not quite the right word – I guess I want different stuff more than I want less stuff!

        • Frouk says:

          Oh, I know what you mean! I’ve found out so many writers that I like. Without BookCrossing I wouldn’t ever have found them.
          And it’s great community to be a part of.

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