#BookisBlogHop Do you prefer paperbacks or ebooks? Why?

#BookishBlogHop Day 29
Do you prefer paperbacks or ebooks? Why?

I have to admit I am an eBook lover mostly for convenience, I can read anywhere on my kindle or the kindle app on my phone at night when I lay down with the kids after they fall asleep.

I know I will alway love a paperback, but being able to carry and access thousands of book on my kindle far out weighs the need to carry several book in my bag.

One of the reasons I joined my library book club is to force myself to sit down read a paperback.

Now lets see what the others have to say:

Erica Robyn – Erica Robyn Reads – www.ericarobynreads.com

I don’t prefer one over the other; I enjoy both equally. I love ebooks because they allow me to quickly highlight my favorite passages or typos if I’m helping proofread a book. I also love how easy it is to travel with a Kindle! I love physical books as well especially when taking bookish photos, displaying them on my bookshelves, or just switching it up from my ebook reading. I’m also a big fan of Audiobooks as well as I have so much fun listening along to a book while doing other things. As long as I’m able to get a story into my brain, I’m a happy camper! 

Stormi – Bewitched Reader Book Blog – www.bewitchedreader.com

I prefer paperbacks, but I tend to read more ebooks because of their convenience. Paperbacks are my first love. Their smell. The way they feel in my hands. But ebooks are just so dang convenient. You can read in the dark with the built in light. You can highlight your favorite quotes with a touch of your finger. My kindle is waterproof. And I can carry thousands of books in one tiny device. 

Kaili- Entertainingly Nerdy- www.entertaininglynerdy.com

This is one I can’t really answer. I have a tendency to go through fazes when it comes to my preference of reading material. But I really do like having the paperback of a book. Nothing can really compare to having a physical book in hand. The only time I really prefer my kindle is when I’m traveling somewhere. It is lighter and I can carry more books with me. The other time I really prefer my kindle is when my son falls asleep on me. The kindle is much easier to hold one handed!

Laura Doherty – Tales of a Natural Spoonie – https://talesofanaturalspoonie.com

Paperbacks or hardbacks I don’t really care but I will always vote for a physical book over an e-book. I love the physicality of them, how they add an extra dimension, the weight, the smell, the actual act of having to turn each page. I also find it easier on my eyes to read from paper rather than a screen. However, I do now struggle with pain in my hands/wrists and they regularly spasm, this is often exacerbated by the weight of a book, so in these circumstances I find it easier to read on my Kindle.

Leslie Conzatti — www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com 

Oh, this is hard to choose! Both of them come with their own pros and cons.

Ebooks are great because they are generally less expensive, more portable, and you don’t necessarily need to read with a lamp on, if you don’t have access to a light or you don’t want to turn one on! However, the downside of ebooks is there’s no real physical sense of exactly how far you’ve read, or how much more of the book you have yet to read–so when a book ends suddenly, it’s all the more unexpected! Many times a story has come to a screeching halt and I’ve swiped the same page more than a few times before I realize that “no, that is really the end of the book” and then I’m all disgruntled about it! And when a story makes a reference to an earlier event, or you want to go back to a part you read and enjoyed before… unless you had the foresight to mark it with a note or a bookmark, it will be really hard to swipe through just to find a specific and obscure reference! That, and when the technology doesn’t want to “tech”… there goes your reading habit.

Books are fantastic because there’s nothing like holding a physical book in your hand, actually turning the pages and feeling the left side grow thicker as the right side thins out. They smell nice, the ink-on-page is much easier on the eyes than a backlit screen, and it can be displayed, marked, and treasured however you like! The downside is that these tend to be more expensive, they actually weigh something, unlike a digital file, and they are not as readily available sometimes–when you forget a book or neglect to bring it because of space or weight restrictions, it’s not like you can make it appear with a flick of a finger! 

The bottom line is that I like both of them, and I’m not all that choosy which format I get my books in!

Robin Loves Reading – https://www.robinlovesreading.com

This is a long-standing argument I see quite frequently on a few Facebooks I am on. Personally, I say ebooks. This is for two reasons. Firstly, as a book reviewer, most of the ARCs I receive are in digital format, so they make up about 95% of what I read and review. Secondly, and most importantly, I now have glaucoma and ebooks have proved to be a godsend, as I can increase the font on my Kindle Paperwhite. However, I also receive at least 15 print ARCs each month and they have to be read. I do read these,. But. quite honestly, since I am whitelisted with these very publishers, I often grab these in ebook format when I am ready to read them. Despite my vision problems, I can imagine that my bookshelves will continue to grow.

Eline – LovelyAudiobooks.info

I’m oddly torn about this. When I first found ebooks, I was instantly in love. It’s so great to have an entire library on my phone and with me at any time! This has always fit my reading style perfectly, being able to pick a book that fits my mood whenever I like, no matter where I am. I also prefer holding my phone over holding a physical book.

That being said, a house without books is no home for me! The bookshelves in my living room are absolute musts and won’t ever go away. I’ve also started to buy my favorite audiobooks as paperbacks so I can show them on my shelves.

Valerie, Cats Luv Coffee www.catsluvcoffee.com

Before I started blogging, I rarely read ebooks. I would occasionally get one from the library on the weekends or if it was late at night and I’d already read everything I had. Now, ebooks are the heart and soul of my blog. I would almost say that I prefer them over paperbacks. They are portable, always available, and easy to read in the dark! 

Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com

This is a tough one. I love both. I love paperbacks and hardbacks and hope to one day have a home library like the one Bella gets in Beauty and the Beast (a girl can dream). I like having books on my shelves where I can see them. It makes me feel at home, and has a calming effect on me. That said, I love ebooks too. As I live in Italy, it’s not always easy to find English language books to read. With ebooks it doesn’t matter where I am in the world. I can always get my hands on the titles I want. I also prefer reading ebooks in the evening as I can snuggle into bed and not have to get up to turn the lights out when I’m done reading. A major plus in the colder months of the year. 


I change my mind about this all time – I love physical books but when I compare them to the cost of an ebook, I usually shy away. Unless it is a book that I must possess, I am ok getting it as an ebook. I love both formats and have recently started liking audiobooks more and more too. While before I was only reading one book at a time, the multiple formats have led me to read multiple books, each for a different time of the day and my mood. 🙂


I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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