I believe both methods have their advantages.
Paperbacks are nice because I do enjoy going to the library or the book store and browsing through the books. I enjoy going to Half Price Books and searching their clearance section for books that I would enjoy. It’s like you are on a treasure hunt.
Paperback books can also be resold when you are done with them. Although there is not a huge amount of money to be made on them.
Actual books you can also underline and highlight sections. This is useful in books where you may be studying or researching topics. Such as school books, instructional manuals, or even books you may be reading for things such as studying the Bible. If you find yourself pondering a specific phrase or topic the paper book doesn’t turn itself off to save power.
On the other hand, e-books have their own advantages.
You don’t need to keep a designated space for e-books. No book cases to fill and keep organized. No dusting of shelves. No worrying about needing to either buy another bookcase or thin your current collection.
You can shop and browse books from the comfort of your own couch or bed. No need to get dressed, drive to the store or library to hope they have something you want to read. No need to wait for shipping time if you go online and order a book to be delivered. It’s instantly delivered to your reader immediately.
There is no need to worry about pages being torn or worn to the point where they can’t be read. No need to worry about dropping the book and losing your place in the book because your bookmark has fallen out.
You can also feel a greater sense of privacy. With an e-reader no one knows what you are reading unless you share with them. With a paper book people can see the cover and wonder why you feel you need a self help book on this or that topic.
I also find it more convenient to take an e-reader with me rather than having to take a book or two with me. It’s lighter, and in a lot of cases less bulky. The library books that are downloaded to an e-reader automatically are returned to the library when done so no more overdue fees if you forget the date they are due back.
Ultimately I would choose e-readers over actual books. The poll on the Mind The Gap page told me I was in the minority. I know a lot of people like the nostalgia and smell of an old fashioned paper book. I never really made that connection, so maybe that is why I am in the minority.
What about you? Which do you prefer?