Are you Team Kindle or Team Book?

Earlier this week I talked  a little bit about how I like the latest and greatest of all techy/gadgety things.  I love them.  I got a Fitbit the second it came out, I have speaker lights in my kitchen, I would be lost without my Apple TV, refractometer or hair dryer.  It’s still high tech.  At least it was at one point.

But then there’s this other side of me.  The side that always goes with the classic, the original, the tried and true.  Nothing fancy thank you very much … just a coffee.  A regular coffee.  A plain coffee.  With just coffee in it.

So regarding the whole Kindle VS Book-Book debate I could swing either way.  It’s a crapshoot.  Does she like the Kindle or does she like actual books?  She doesn’t know because she’s never tried a Kindle.

BECAUSE SHE LIKES BOOKS.

I get the whole e-reader thing.  It’s convenient and cool and you can have books INSTANTLY and you can carry around an entire library with you.  But it’s not a book.  And I like books.

I like turning down the corner of the pages, underlining words that I like (or don’t know), looking at the cover as I close the book before going to sleep, and I just like the tactile feel of it. I especially like the sound of turning pages.  Books.  I like ’em.  And yes. I really do turn down page corners and underline things (in pencil).  You can take your hand away from your mouths now.

I’ve tried to read books on my iPad a few times and I got through them and thought it was kind of neat but not enjoyable the way my regular book reading is for some reason.  Because of that I’ve never bought a Kindle or a Kobo.

While I was writing this post I looked up about Kindles to see if maybe I could be swayed by their high tech glossy good looks.

This Kindle Voyage almost swayed me.

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How did it almost sway me?  Because it’s the latest and greatest version.  The exact thing I’m always a sucker for.

People love e-readers for vacations because they can take 6 books with them without taking up any space at all in their luggage, but I don’t go on a ton of vacations. And even when I do it seems it’s to places where I’m running from one place to another from morning until night.  There isn’t a lot of relaxation and reading going on in my vacations.   Wandering and getting lost. That’s what goes on during my vacations.  And a lot of time is spent getting an exchange rate headache,  trying to figure out if that bowl costs $40 or 12 cents.

After my post last week about book recommendations a few people asked about whether I use a Kindle and even more people stopped me in the street to talk about them.

I’m team book.

And you?

Team Kindle or Team Book?  And why.

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214 Comments

  1. Linda says:

    Team Book!
    I have never ever tried a kindle. Ever since I was a kid, I to enjoy the feel of the paper & looking at the cover page when I turn off the light at night but maybe also reading the little blog on the author at the back of the book with the picture.

    As always I enjoyed reading your post tonight!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Linda! ~ karen!

    • Pat says:

      I am with you Linda. I love the feel of a real book, and I have tried the Kindle and others, just not the same. I love to read, and I always have at least one read going at all times.

    • Lifesart says:

      Team Book always! I cannot imagine having the same feeling reading a gadget that I get from reading a book. I have received both a kindle and a tablet in the past year, and I gave both away. My books are friends, some visiting for a little while before leaving for other readers, some staying with me forever. From Iain Banks to Thackeray, Kate Atkinson to Anthony Powell, I can never give them up. And I do write in them both to remind me of favorite passages and to look things up when I want or need to. That’s when the old internet comes in so handy. I feel the same about newspapers and magazines. I do read those online, but still subscribe so as to save what means a lot to me.

  2. Patricia says:

    I love “real” books but…I had such a collection of books it was ridiculous , not to mention really expensive. I would borrow books from the library but was alwsys late returning them, so I might as well have just bought the book. My Kobo (doesn’t work with a Kindle) allows me to borrow books from my public library that just “disappear” when they expire so I get the joy of reading without the expense of late fees and without clutter. I also use my phone to read books so I am never without a book if I have a wifi or data connection I can borrow a book from library. The lighting on my Kobo is better than my backlit phone screen, but with either device I can read in bed without disturbing my partner. The advantages outweigh the lack of authenticity for me.

  3. Jamieson says:

    I am team Kobo! You cannot compare reading on an iPad to reading on an ereader. An iPad is backlit, which is hard on your eyes. An ereader like Kobo uses completely different technology: e-ink. The look of the text on the Kobo page is pretty much exactly the same as the look of the text on a book’s page. I now forget that I’m not reading a book! It doesn’t glare in sunlight like an iPad does, it’s easy on your eyes, you can customize the font, font size, margins… AND you can underline, bookmark pages, and look up definitions of words on the fly! If you get a wifi edition you can download books directly, otherwise you download to your computer and then upload to your reader using a free program. Sometimes I buy ebooks, but most of the time I take them out from the library for free.
    Also, mine is a mini-Kobo that I bought after Christmas a few years ago for $50. It’s only about 2/3 the size of a paperback though of course much thinner and lighter. It fits easily in my pocket, it’s light to hold up in one hand or two, and you can buy custom covers for it if you like, to better approximate the two-handedness of holding a book. And, it’s Canadian.

    Team Kobo!

    *Indigo sold their majority share of Kobo (anagram of “book” fyi) to a Japanese company so it’s now a subsidiary, but still HQ’d in Liberty Village, Toronto.

    • Karen says:

      Who ARE you? ~ karen!

    • Team Kindle App -- on iPad Air says:

      Note: My wife has the voyage and I use the kindle app on the iPad with the “night” mode settings (aka black background with white or grey text). I’ve spent many hours reading on both.

      If you use kindle for iPad app (or similar) you can do a black background with white or grey text. This is crucial! Otherwise reading on the kindle app is terrible IMO. In addition, after turning the iPad brightness down to nil you can then adjust the kindle app brightness down even further. Then your pet owl can read to you in the dark.

      With these minor changes it cuts down almost all of the backlighting and still gives you a huge screen where you can use giant text (if your like me). It’s also very relaxing for nighttime bed reading since it doesn’t make your face glow like a kindle does.

      This might also be a decent way to test the kindle reading experience without buying a Voyage.

      • Jamieson says:

        Great tips, thanks! I’d no idea any about any of this. It solves the problem of reading in bed when my husband is already asleep and I don’t want the lamp on.

    • calliek says:

      I’m Team Kobo too. I have two of them! The Arc which is a tablet is great for watching video as well and I have it sideloaded with Overdrive ( for reading library books) and the Kindle app so I can accces anything I get from Amazon from my cloud. My other Kobo is the Aura H2O, which is water proof and sand proof so perfect for beach and bathtub reading.

    • Sonja says:

      Had never considered anything other than a “real” book, until reading your post, and googleing Kobo. Now I want one! How do you access the title you want to read? Pay per book? or monthly? thanks.

      • Jamieson says:

        I mainly read library books on mine, tho occasionally I’ve bought an ebook from Amazon or Indigo (Cdn book store chain).

  4. Megan says:

    Team Book! Yes, I know trees are dying, and I’m not happy about that, but – when you fall asleep, and the book falls on the coverlet beside you, you’re not wasting batteries. There is nothing that can replace the immediacy of the crinkly turning of the pages, or the artwork, or the very scent of the paper. (A large part of the enjoyment of “The Lord of the Rings” for me as a teenager was the smell of each new paperback I bought with my babysitting revenues.) The generation of books involves a cadre of artists of one sort or another, and I will miss that when we inevitably go all-digital. Yay for used book stores!

  5. AnnW from the US says:

    I never thought I’d like a Kindle, until I had one.It’s great for travel, sitting around waiting for appointments, reading in bed without a flashlight. I’m on my third one. Wore out two already. I also use my iPad to read books. I keep my Kindle under my pillow. I would live in a library if I could, so I understand everything you said. I feel the same way, but….I have a lot of books already and I live with other people, so I can’t have every one I want. Try it, it’s very convenient.

  6. SusanKate says:

    Team Kindle AND Team Book – depending on the type of book. For me, fluff fiction is Kindle; serious reads and things I might want to read again someday are real books. Kids gifts are always hard books (or magazines), tho. Kids get full value from a hard copy – those things are read to death!

  7. charlotte says:

    Hi Karen, there is something to be said about the e-reader (mine is a Kobo) and that is the size of the font can be adjusted and when your eyes aren’t what they used to be, sometimes it’s the difference between being able to read a book, or not.
    I have loved the concept of books since I was a child (2 library cards in my name) and I hauled hundreds of hard covers around the prairie provinces for years until I realized how much I was spending moving them and, eventually what fit into a 3,000 square foot house would not fit into a 1000 sq. ft. house so I chose a few favourites and donated the rest. And then something happened to my vision and I was devastated until my husband bought me what he simply thought of as the new TOY.
    It’s the best thing that happened to me that year, and it has continued to enable me to read what I could not otherwise, and when I cannot sleep, a light to allow me to do so while he is.
    It’s not always the techy-thing; sometimes it’s just the only thing.
    Love your blog – you always make me smile, if not laugh aloud. Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year and good things in between.
    Kind regards,
    Charlotte

  8. Mindy says:

    I own a Kindle. I’m typing on it right now. That’s what I use it for. A tablet. I’ve never read a book on it. I can’t say I have a preference, because I don’t have a comparison, but I do love me a good old fashioned book.

  9. Meg says:

    excellent point regarding ad block! Sorry, I can actually say I honestly miss your ads, they’re such great stuff. It’s just that I DON’T miss the ads on every. other. page. ever. So, done.

    I like e-paper, it’s clever and easy on the eyes. I like portability of small devices.

    But I am FIRMLY team book. There’s something about knowing HOW VERY CLOSE you are to the end of a book, that’ll touch off anticipation and heighten intense scenes as you flip closer to…how could it possibly end so soon!? ! Or the fact you can smell that old paper smell and immediately think of your childhood at the library. Or the fact that when you drop them in the bath they get wrinkly but not ruined. And or when you spill wine on them. (Or both.) There’s something about gilt leather and canvas bindings that FEEL better than e-readers. You can flip page to page immediately without thinking. They take no batteries and it’s a good workout to bring 15 books to your car. They’re further useful objects for arts and crafts, become fully adjustable ledges, and of course are indispensable weights for loose papers and pressing flowers.

    Team book.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Meg. I appreciate it. It really does make a huge difference! People forget that they come here for free … so I need to make money somehow! ~ karen!

      • Kathy says:

        Oh dear! I just realized I must have ad blocker. I don’t see ads on every.other.page, as Meg described. I have a MacBook. How do I get to Ad blocker so I can give your blog permission?

        (I could google for instructions, but it would be a missed opportunity for others to see instructions on how to do it). I’m Team Karen.

        🙂

        • Karen says:

          Oop! I have no idea actually Kathy since I don’t use Ad Blocker! Also it would depend on whether you use a PC or Mac. You should just be able to search your computer’s applications to find Ad Blocker. ~ karen!

          • Nicole says:

            For those using a PC, the adblocker icon (in my case, Adblock Plus) should be somewhere in the top toolbar of your browser. Maybe it is for Macs too?

            You can either right-click the icon, and choose ‘options’ (where you’ll be taken to a web page); from there, you can navigate the tabs to add your own filters and whitelisted (permitted) domains.

            Or you could just left-click on your browser toolbar icon, and then click on where it says ‘enabled on this site’, which will turn off the ad-blocker… but only for this site. Repeat for other sites/blogs whose ads you might also want to see.

            ~~~

            Re. the initial question, I don’t much mind one way or the other, TBH. As far as I am concerned, a book is there to impart knowledge or to entertain, so for me, the format matters not… as long as it works.

            As it is, I move countries three times a year, so there is no way I could carry a library around with me… and I can’t not have any books, especially non-fiction ones!

            On the other hand, it’s easier to flick through a physical book to find a bookmarked place (with a bookmark – not corners folded over… eek!) than it is with the Kindle app on my iPad Air 2.

            When I used to live in the UK, I belonged to a couple of book swap groups, and on several occasions, I received books which smelled so badly of cigarette smoke that I actually had recycle them. You don’t need me to tell you how bad I felt about binning a book! I also received ones which smelled heinously musty and damp, and were so awful that even doing the bicarb and plastic bag trick didn’t help. In fact, not even activated charcoal cat litter (clean, of course!) helped. They too, ended up in the recycling bin.

            I have hyperosmia, which means I have a very acute sense of smell, and so even ‘aroma-free’ books are not so for me. I actually find the smell of the ink in new books to be quite nauseating. You don’t get any smells with an e-reader!

            Of course, the downside to reading on my iPad is that I did fall asleep reading once, and my iPad fell on my nose!

        • Teri says:

          I just went into my Safari preferences and found the Extensions tab. I have adblock. I clicked on the checkbox to show me adblock’s options and poked around. there is an option to show ads on a certain webpage
          eventually I pasted
          https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com
          into a field and when I reloaded Karen’s page the ads were back.

  10. Amanda says:

    I’ve always been team book, and I still technically am team book…but until I own a house, I need to be team kindle. Our last move included the largest moving truck possible, and we live in a small two-bedroom duplex. The reason that we needed such a gigantic moving truck? My utter devotion to team book. Also, I move a lot (like 4 times in the last ten years) because I hate being stuck in one place for two long, so hauling books all over the country is getting tedious.

  11. Teresa Jennings Richardson says:

    I prefer a book but as my eyes age, they cannot handle small print very well. With the Kindle, I can increase the print size as I binge read on a cruise until I cannot focus in on the largest print. As an author, nothing is more thrilling than seeing your work in print, holding it in your hand and smelling the smell of a newly printed book. (Our books (I co-write with Gordon J Goss) are available through Amazon and on Kindle.) And I have to admit, having someone request an autographed copy is extremely good for the ego.

  12. Dagmar says:

    I personally love books. But I have a hang-up about what kind of books. I really enjoy paperbacks. They are easier to carry around, but are still large enough that I don’t miss out on photographs and special added features. I love the smell And feel of the paper too. Paper books create memories for me. I suppose it is the nostalgia of where I was in life when I encountered my favorite works. They take me back In time; where was I when I first read my favorite authors, and with whom did I share these journeys. What meanings did these books have on me then, and where did they lead me to. I didn’t know it then, but those ratted-edged paperbacks that I loved made me the writer I am today. They are my memories and my teachings.
    …I don’t know whether a my old now-outdated, floppy disc or cassette encompassed book would have the same meaning. And just like that, the Kindle may be the latest and newest gadget today, but what kind of meaning will it holdin the future?

    • Karen says:

      Yeah I prefer paperbacks too Dagmar. The review sized ones, not the tiny ones. They’re too hard to keep open with one hand. ~ karen!

  13. Suzanne says:

    I’ve been a book freak since the age of 2. Learned to read at 3. Then I got creaky. After a plate in my neck and arthritis in my hands, the kindle works so well. I do miss the tactile feeling of paper, but feed that need by doing collage…

  14. Lynn says:

    I use to read a lot of Books , until I got arthritis in my fingers an wrists. Just holding a magazine became painful . So I ended up switching to audio books which annoyed my other half 🙁 . So I switched to reading on my PC …. It is not the same as curling up under a blanket with a good book …

    • My husband is the same but he doesn’t like it when I read physical books either so at least with the audio I just pause it when he is around and wants to talk or needs something.

  15. stephanie says:

    Team Kindle, Team iPad, and Team Book. My original Kindle for reading on vacation as it works best for me in the sun, my iPad for reading in the night as it is backlit and I can read a review for a book and order it right away, and I can change the size of the font if I don’t have my glasses. Team Book is for cookbooks and craft/coffee table books. I can re-read books on my Kindle and iPad and don’t have to dust, move, or provide space for them. As far as turning over the corner of the page to find where I’m at, when I Kindle or iPad I’m returned to my last page automatically.

  16. Pam says:

    Team Book. Definitely. I enjoy the tactile experience of reading a book…and it’s also nostalgia I think. There is enough “screen-time” in my life with my PC and TV. Plus, of course, I love seeing all the books that fill the bookshelves throughout my house.

  17. Robert says:

    A book (or magazine), but it has to be a pretty edition because I do judge a BOOK by its cover, if I can`t find a physical version an e-book is fine and if I really like the e-book I might end up also buying the book as soon as it crosses my phat although I always try to keep my reading physical material in very good shape so no pencil or any other kind of marks on them

  18. Sharon says:

    I just don’t think that kindles or kobos or ipads or whatever look as pretty on the shelf as those books. I don’t ever find myself styling my shelves with them 😉

  19. Haydée Skeet says:

    Ohhhh. My heart belongs to Team Book, but I kinda like the kindle too. It just seems unloyal.
    I love books. Too much. I read ALL THE TIME! I read ALL THE BOOKS!

    Points for Kindle ( or whatever, I use the kindle app on my phone)
    I can read in bed and not keep DH awake
    Free books! Tons of them! I’ve found some great reads.
    Did I mention I owe the library 90bucks?
    Change font, colour yada yada
    If you don’t know the meaning of a word, it will tell you!

    Points for Books
    I love them. They are real ?
    You can share! I always loved it when there was a shelf of books at the Laundromat, hotel, hospital, cruise..
    You can find a book, and set one free (Bookcrossing.com)

  20. Auntiepatch says:

    The last time we moved, we had 40 boxes and 30 of them were books. I love books and always will. Saying that, I’m Team Kindle. Why?
    1. Books are too heavy for me to hold for hours at a time.
    2. I can read in the dark without keeping the light on and annoying my husband.
    3. I can adjust the font so that I don’t have to squint.
    4. Amazon is open 24 hours and I can choose a new book to read instantly.
    5. Lots of FREE books.

  21. MissChrisSA says:

    I agree that there is nothing nicer than the feel of a book in your hands and turning the pages.
    However, when I go away and want reading material I load books onto my tablet and my Schatzi has a Kobo that he loads with books. Saves us taking loads of books with or buying them whilst on holiday and lugging them back.

    that being said, we probably only get through one book each during this time as the only reading time we have is before bed at night – the days are more often so jam packed that we don’t have time to read!

  22. Alisa says:

    I WAS steadfastly
    team book…until I got my kindle. Now I prefer ebooks so much more, and I would never have believed that could be true. Instant downloads, cheaper prices, convenience of having underlining, highlighting, word definition, and search right there at my fingertips – it’s so great. Plus, I now stroke my kindle cover like I used to pet my books, lol. I’m gradually phasing physical books right out of my life. I’d so much rather read on a kindle.

  23. Centi says:

    Team Book!
    I love books. And I love to keep them. Plus, I like old books, that one doesn’t get those as e-books. Old real books are for free or almost free, and they have names of former owners in them, bookmarks, handwritung… memories.

  24. Wendy says:

    I don’t see why we can’t all get along. I enjoy both…if I see a book I like at the time I buy a book…if I feel like using my Kindle I will…which ever one I’m using at the time I enjoy…it’s the content of the book…not the medium that matters to me.

  25. Bonnie says:

    I like paperback books, hardcover books, Kindle books, and reading on my iPad (it’s better to underline on an ereader and you can look up words you don’t know immediately). I also love audiobooks and reading the backs of cereal boxes. I love to ingest books in any form! If I could inject them, or eat them, or breathe them, I would.

  26. Penley says:

    I’m neither one nor the other. Actually, no, I’m both. I love having a library, and I buy and collect books as a lifelong habit. But I also have thousands of ebooks. It just depends on the context. I love the process of buying books, looking at the covers, reading the blurb, the texture of it. But sometimes I just want to read something quick and crappy and I can’t justify spending $30.00 on a paperback then I just get an electronic copy. I guess I can sum it up this way: if the edrm stuff or company or internet explodes, I like knowing that if I lose all my electronic copies it’s not the end of the world. If I lose my physical books, it really would be. That’s how I delineate the two.

  27. Penley says:

    By the way, I think something’s gone awry with your SEO with the new site – I’ve got a new macbook and when I googled your site to rebookmark it had some trouble finding your main page without typing in the address.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Penley. Was this recently (like in the past day) or in the past couple of days. There was an SEO issue from the site redesign but everything is back on track and Googling my site should result in finding my site. 🙂 It’ll take a while for Google to reindex all of my pages tho. ~ karen!

      • Penley says:

        Hi Karen,
        This was yesterday (20th) I actually tried at work, and it was indexing one of your individual posts as the first result, then facebook I think then a bunch of other stuff but not the main home page. I thought, hmm that’s interesting, must be site redesign (I semi- do this for a living) so I tried again at home on my new laptop as it’s got little to no history cached and same thing. But I think you’re right – might just take a few days for google to have everything re-sorted. If not, might be worth having a look at what’s happening. Love the new design by the way.

        • Penley says:

          I’m in Oz so we’re quite ahead of you time-wise which is why my post is still saying 20th! It’s Saturday morning here.

  28. Christy says:

    Team Book.

    It is oddly satisfying to see how many pages I’ve read behind the book marker. Or better yet, dog-earring the page. Plus it is a great conversation starter. No cute guy ever leans over to a Kindle reader and says, “Hi, whatcha reading there.”

  29. Wendi Miller says:

    Team Kindle! I am an AVID reader. I’m talking like two or three books a week. I literally take my kindle with me anytime I leave the house, in case I have a wait anywhere. At one point my house was looking like an episode of hoarders: books stacked everywhere, sometimes to the ceiling. Buying a Kindle saved my sanity (and probably my life, as I’m sure I would have eventually been done in by a falling stack of books!), uncluttered my house (which I have of course recluttered with NEW things) and saved quite a few trees, too ;o)

    I can understand those of you who are team book, but I’m just not personally a tactile reader. I think I would have to call myself an immersive reader: I just put myself so deeply into the stories, that I don’t even feel what I’m holding in my hands.

  30. Judy D. says:

    ~ ~ I’m on Team Kindle. My kids got me one when they first came out and I’ve been using it ever since. I like the fact that I can adjust the font size, as sometimes my ‘readers’ are just not doing their job if the print is too small. You mentioned that you underline things. Well, you can “add notes and highlight” words, sentences, paragraphs. etc. It would take the place of underlining something in pencil. I used to spend quite a bit of money on books…probably because I liked hard covered ones. I was also running out of space, since I found it hard to part with the books I had, always thinking I might want to read them again at some point. It was starting to get ridiculous…and that’s when I was gift the Kindle. At first, I did miss holding a book, but it didn’t take long to fall in love with the Kindle.

    Go Team Kindle. 🙂

  31. Thandi says:

    I am a total bibliophile. I cry in libraries. I have such reverence and respect for all books. The way they feel, the way they smell. There is nothing like a book. I hoard dictionaries.
    Until you move seven times in one year and go back to university and suddenly there is that Thing that you never really wanted, saving the day. I love my Kindle (although I love my husband’s Kobo even more). I read journal articles on it for my studies, and even use it as a backup space for my thesis on occasion. As a rereader, I love to get a book on my Kindle, see if I really need it, and if I do (like Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin) then I go out and buy it for my shelf.
    Stephen Fry apparently said that a Kindle is to a book what an escalator is to stairs. And I think that says it all really.

  32. Diane says:

    Team E-Reader! I use my phone and tablet (not an actual Kindle or e-reader). The one thing I hate is how difficult it is to be sure if I’ve read a book or not and how, with the Kindle app at least, there is no functional way to organize the books. BUT I love being able to have 1000’s of books and not need to worry about where I will put them while I’m not reading them. I have boxes and boxes of books in the garage. I never have to worry about the weight of boxes when I move. I don’t have to worry about them falling apart from being read too much (or bad bindings). No worries about silverfish or termites eating them! I don’t need to have the light on while I read myself to sleep (and I can adjust when my screen will go dark if it’s been awhile since I touched it). I don’t like how accidentally skipping to the end of a book I can’t go back to the last page I spent time on. But I have learned how to usually fall asleep without accidentally touching the screen, just like I learned how to fall asleep with a finger keeping my page and not crushing any pages with real books. Oh, and carrying my phone everywhere is much easier than a book. And what if I finish the book while I’m out and about? And there are TONS of sites and newsletters that alert you to free ebooks THAT YOU GET TO KEEP FOREVER! They aren’t all big names, plenty are brand new indie authors, but most of the time I have enjoyed the stories and most don’t have terrible constant grammar and spelling errors – but they do tend to have more than most paper books. I’m also firmly on team fiction, so I don’t usually check out the non-fiction options for free ebooks.

  33. TucsonPatty says:

    Ironic, I wrote a long comment and the iPad gave up on the battery, and I lost the entire comment…that would also happen with the electronic whatever. I am thoroughly Team Book. I’m now reading “Pioneer Girl: An Annotated Autobiography”. It is 400 pages of the wonderful original prose that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, with at least half of the pages devoted to the footnoted annotations. I have flipped back and forth, reread annotations, gone back to the prose and reread so many times that I am convinced that there is no way this book could be enjoyed electronically. I realize this is an anomaly, but it illustrates my love of the page. I only get books from the library now, as I outgrew my house’s bookcases long ago, but if I love it so much I have to read it again, I check it out of the library again. I Love My Books. I will actually probably finally purchase this book when someone gives up their copy and I can purchase it for less than the $40.00 listed price. I have just about every book written about her or by her and this one needs to be on my shelves, but not at that price. In other words, I am also Team Library. Please keep using them so they don’t go the way of the Dodo bird! Love your book talks and that you love books, even being such a busy busy lady!

  34. Christina says:

    Definitely Team Book. I have read books on my tablet for convenience & my other half even bought me a Kindle one Christmas! I very politely said thank you before shoving it in a drawer & not using it. I also work in a library. Our local authority is having to make massive cuts & one of the main ways they’re doing that is by closing most of the branch libraries. The excuse they gave was that everyone uses ereaders nowadays. We tried telling them but it was no use. Anyway not everyone is into technical stuff (young and old) & for a lot of people that includes using a computer or tablet to download books. I love hardcover books best & if I buy books to keep forever, that’s what I get.

  35. Dana says:

    I love real books best, but because I am such an incurable reader, and can never seem to have enough books in my to-read pile, I also read on my phone and iPad. The library has book loans online, so when I run out, I can just get another one, even if it’s the middle of the night. I also usually have a real book in my purse.

  36. Stephbo says:

    Books! Because you can’t sniff an e-reader. Well, you could, but that would just be weird.

  37. Janine says:

    Totally team book after trying both a Kindle, and Kobo, and the apps on my iPad. Same reasons as you, I looove my dogearring, and feel of the paper, etc. Plus, I love books with notes inside, and old smells 🙂 weird maybe but…so be it.

  38. Kristy says:

    My husband loved his Nook because he can carry thousands of books with him wherever he goes – this from a man who never reads… he mostly used it to play Angry Birds. I’m firmly in the book camp. I don’t want to give them up. It’s nice to know I’m not alone!

  39. Tracie Berry says:

    I have always loved books, from let’s say, a long time ago…I once coveted the e-books and didn’t get one. Bought my sister one, borrowed it, then discovered that I may have dodged a bullet there. I love real books…I’ve always felt that a book reflects it’s owner. Having a pristine copy isn’t what I want. I don’t want perfect. I admit that I always feel apprehensive about turning down the page, but I still do it. I always have. I acknowledge that we shouldn’t mar books. That doesn’t mean that I won’t live it. Because I certainly will.

  40. Kathy says:

    One last thing… 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? I never would have guessed that is a must read. But I was intrigued by that first page so I looked it up. How did you come to choose that book/page/passage for this topic?


    Team Karen

  41. Sharon Whiting says:

    Team both! My house is full of books, and some things you just gotta have in book form. But I also have a kobo, and have both kobo and kindle apps on my tablet. I love that I can carry hundreds of books with me wherever I go. I love that I can adjust the font and size to make my experience better. I love that I can read in bed in the dark without disturbing my husband. And it doesn’t take up as much space as books.

  42. Julia (mumo3kids) says:

    Emotionally – Team Book, practically – Team Kindle…
    For immediacy, convenience and cost (cost free sometimes!) I choose the Kindle – mine is a very basic black and white, no frills model.
    But I still enjoy the tactile and visual joy of a real book – the cover, the page turning – and I seem to be able to remember what I have read more easily (I think that may have something to do with the physical presence of the book)!
    Julia

  43. Jenny W says:

    Books, real, glorious, papered books 🙂
    I love to read in the tub, if I drop the book (only happened once), or dampen the corners, it will not cost me big $$$ to replace it.
    No batteries to run low and if I fall asleep reading and it falls on the floor, it’s no biggie!
    A few years ago, I ordered a hard covered copy of The Christmas Mouse for my God Son. It has not been in print for many years, so I ordered it from a used book store in Florida. It arrived in all its glory right before Christmas, complete with the previous little owners signature, right below which we added my God Son’s, and hopefully, in the future, where my grandchildren’s names will follow. There is no comparison to curling up in front of the Christmas Tree, and reading a big book with beautiful pictures with a child. This year he will be able to read it to me. I started a new Christmas tradition with this old paper book, that puts Elf on a Shelf to shame – The little mouse helps St. Nick with Christmas, and in return, you leave a tiny piece of cheese on the lowest branch of your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, or in our case, when my God Son arrives for Christmas dinner, there is a itsy bitsy little wrapped present hanging in its place! My kids are teenagers, and they still haven’t quite forgiven me for not coming up with this little tradition when they were small 🙂

    • Tiffany Grint says:

      I love that you do this! My kids love all of our quirky traditions!

    • Nria says:

      “I love to read in the tub, if I drop the book (only happened once), or dampen the corners, it will not cost me big $$$ to replace it.”

      That’s exactly what I have an e-reader for – my tolino is waterproof and FINALLY I can read in the tub without worrying about dropping the book 😀

  44. Cindy N. says:

    I love my Kindle. I’ve been a dedicated Kindle owner for over five years. It’s great for long car trips – I can read book after book and not worry about how many to bring. If I’m waiting for car service or at a doctor’s appointment, I can finish one book and start another right away. I never have to read a waiting room magazine from 2008 again!

  45. Joslynne says:

    Definitely Team Book! Actually, I have never bothered to try any digital form – why bother when I have books everywhere? No need for me to criticize…if you want to read with an e-book, go ahead. But I just don’t want to. And I really hope the day never comes when I have to because I can’t get the books I want to read in real book form…

  46. Leanne says:

    Not only did I add an exception to Ad Block (thanks for the reminder!), I just spent the past half hour or so on some of your advertisers’ sites. Awesome stuff!

    I’m Team Kindle for most books. I have a wonderful leather Oberon Design (http://www.oberondesign.com/) cover for my Kindle which makes it lovely to look at and to hold. It’s easier to read in bed. I no longer have to calculate how many books I may need when I travel. I prefer reading really long books so I no longer have to deal with either massive books or tiny font sizes. I love the built in dictionary. I do prefer paper books for reference books, anything highly illustrated or anything not designed to be read through in order.

  47. Ruth says:

    Both… I like the convenience of Kindle when I am on the road, but at home I curl up with books. If I had the physique of Schwarznegger and could lift every book I wanted to take with me on the road, or owned a vehicle, I would choose books…. hands down. Every time.

  48. whitequeen96 says:

    Wow – with over 7,500 4.5 star reviews, I guess the Voyager is very popular! I’ve been thinking about getting a Kindle; wonder if there’ll be any special holiday sales.

    As for AdBlocker, I turned it off for this site, and the ads certainly brighten up page! Plus, they really have some gorgeous stuff there – will check it out for my Christmas list.

  49. Penny says:

    Books are my most fave thing for sure!! I love all the things about them that you stated. !BUT………Having RP since I was a teenager I always struggled with tiny print. Into my 40’s I had to read large print. Finally the day came that I was not able to read that anymore.. Even still they do not make it easy for someone under 90 to obtain large print. I remember going into Chapters, downtown Toronto and asking where the large print section was. I was escorted to the back of the store on the bottom 2 rows was the large print. Mostly romance (yuk) and religious . I started reading with my ipad and it was one of the best days of my life! For the first time EVER I was able to read in bed! Heaven! Bought the kindle as well and I have been able to read the most amazing books that I never had access to. Book lovers count your blessings.

  50. Ann says:

    Only 1 other person mentioned audio books. I have vision issues late in the day which would normally be the only time I could sit down and read. Nothing a book or ereader could ever do to make me be able to see so I got into using audio books. I am now an addict. And also have better comprehension that I used to have when I physically read any kind of book. Audible.com has such a great selection and many of the best books are now coming out in audible format at the same time the print version hits the bookstore shelves. Other bonuses are, I can walk the dog or drive the car while listening to a book. The downside is, no pictures or way to look up words you don’t know. Also occasionally the narrators bug me. I still buy some books. Mainly books that will be classics, such as the Harry Potter series. Or good reference books. Although once someone mentioned that an ereader is a great place to have all your reference books. If the world ever went to hell in a handbasket, it would be nice to have all those reference books handy to pick up and go if you must. And ereaders can be easily charged with small portable solar chargers.

    • Penny says:

      I’m going to check that out Ann, thanks

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      The awesome thing about audible is if you don’t like the book…you can return it. I bought a book by a new to me author that sounded pretty good. I realized within the first chapter it was awful. Just went in to my library and returned it and got my credit back. If the narrator is so horrid you want to put spikes in your ears to stop the sound…so great it can be returned. But yes, audible is so wonderful I listen to books quite constantly. My local library also has a large selection of audiobooks as well!

  51. Leisa says:

    I love real books too and reading is probably my favourite thing. I did recently download an audio book on my iPad to keep me occupied on longer workouts on my stationary bike – which is great. I looked at a kindle too but it seemed redundant since I have an iPad – didn’t want another gadget kicking around!

  52. Thera says:

    Team both.
    Heres the way we do it; coffee table books, special books, books we read over and over in real book form. Stuff from the library, light reading, something different all goes on the Kobo, we can always go buy the book version if we really like it and want to make it a part of our book collection.

  53. Ronda says:

    Team Book! I love the feel of the book in my hands as I read. I note the release dates of authors I like in my calendar, and head to the bookstore when their new books come out. I love to read, and even when I was a kid, I could get so engrossed in a book that everything else around me faded into the background. I have read some books on my iPad, but nothing compares to holding a book in your hands.

  54. Jane S says:

    I love my iPad, I can go to the library while I’m in bed. And sad to admit, I read while I eat. With an ebook you can turn the pages with your knuckle when your fingers are sticky. I still however love my bookshelf full of books to reread.

  55. jainegayer says:

    Real books, always!!! I turn down the corners too (my husband will always ask if I want a bookmark after his face drains of color. He has a Kindle). I love they way they feel, and smell, and after I’ve read them I can put them in their own well-deserved spot in the bookcase.

  56. Tiffany Grint says:

    Team Book!! I was given a Kindle as a gift & used it on my hourly bus commute to work – but quickly realized the danger$ of being sucked into reading 20 pages for free & then being allowed to download an entire book in 15 seconds. It’s a great way to pass time on a commute, but I love the coziness (word?) that my bookshelves give me, and I love turning down a corner of a page as I’m falling asleep. My books are my friends & make me feel like I’m home. My electronics are cold by comparison. Thank you for your site! Love that I stumbled on to you – your humor & insight are right in line with mine!

  57. Claire says:

    I love books (at the moment I’m building up my collection of antique ones), but my go-to for fun reads is the Kindle App on my Iphone… I have both Kindle Unlimited and I’ve got access to the digital books from my local library. This means I’m reading whenever I’m waiting for something (the bus, the doctors, a boiling pot, etc). The fact that I aways have my phone with me is a huge bonus to accessibility (and I can’t accidentally leave my book somewhere or spill tea on it). I’m not really sure what team this makes me?

  58. Jill F says:

    Team Kindle! I read about 130 books a year and they were always sitting in the corners of my house, under my bed, under the couch, in my car, etc. I LOVE a Kindle. I can take it anywhere, read at night without disturbing my husband (which is when I mostly read, I don’t sleep much). Going on vacation, which we don’t go much, and are always busy, but again, I can’t sleep, so I had to take one book for each night and an extra book just in case (and usually had to go buy at least one more to make it through!), I always take my Kindle. My house is much neater. My husband doesn’t read like I do, but he’s team Kindle because it makes me happy!

  59. Team Book, the look, the feel and everything else about it. I have never enjoyed reading an abundance of text on a computer screen. But here’s the thing, for the past few years I’ve actually been TEAM AUDIO and listen to books instead. Yes I miss the marking of important passages but I can do other things and listen at the same time. Things like gardening or housework, menial tasks, while going for walks or on long drives through my car speakers. YEAH TEAM AUDIO!

  60. marilyn says:

    both..i love books,always have ,always will, i spent most of my free time as a child curled up in the childrens library in a bean bag chair reading book after book..but years of work have left my wrists and thumbs arthritic and holding a paperback book open is taxing at times so i have resorted to a kobo..compatible with the canadian library system so i can borrow books for free and also backlit so i don’t bother anyone while i am reading in the bunkie at the cottage ! it is also cheaper than having to buy so many books. but i will always love books first.

  61. Susan says:

    I looked at the Kindles a few years ago and didn’t like the little flicker when you turned a page so ended up getting a Blackberry which made an easy-to-read, multi-purpose e-reader. But I’m books. I put a free library in the corner of my convenience store and people take books and leave books and I haven’t had to visit the real library in a couple of years. It’s not as altruistic as it sounds because I get first dibs on everything that comes in.
    But because I’m addicted to books, the e-reader app is invaluable. I’ll read a books from the store shelf and fall in love with it and get to the end only to find out there’s a sequel. OMG OMG OMG I have to get the next part NOW!!! So I’m more than happy to get my book fix electronically but nothing beats a real book in your lap.

  62. Angela says:

    I am with you, Karen, on Team Book. However, when it comes to the newspaper, I am fully Team Nook. It’s nice to not have to wrangle a big-ass newspaper on my train commute, and I don’t show up with inky fingerprints on my face, AND I don’t waste mountains of paper for the sections I don’t even read (I’m talking to you Sports). When it comes to reading The Art of Doing Stuff, I’m team iPhone. 🙂

  63. Kevin says:

    I love books, but have moved to eBooks because I can make the type bigger. I found I was not reading as much as I used to, due to the tiny type in print – not an issue when I was younger.

    Very important to use an eInk device, as these have much less eye strain than a color screen – it actually uses tiny magnetic disks, black on one side, white on the other, that flip. Very similar to paper, visually.

    The Barnes and Nobel Nook uses the same file format as iPhone/iPad, so you can load the same file to your reader and the Apple device – helps when you want to read on the go. This is ePub format.

    There is a free library management app, calibre, for Mac and Windows. It does a decent job converting files between formats and can be used to sync with your device.

    Great blog! Happy reading!

  64. billy sharpstick says:

    All of the above!
    I have thousands of old books on my shelves, but I am another gadget whore like you. I try the new toys when they come out and see how they fit into my life. As a result, I have a few of those shiny toys sitting in a drawer collecting dust. A Kindle is not one of them. I could tell that it would never work for me.
    E-readers – I do have the Kindle app on my phone. I always have my phone with me, so can whip it out when standing in line, at the bank(who ever goes into a real bank building that much anymore?), Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan always have long lines(NOT at traffic lights. When that light turns green, you have a responsibility to all the people behind you to take your foot off the brake and drive, not finish that texting!) If I had a real Kindle, I would never be carrying it around with me.
    Books – When I’m at home, I have one book by the bed, and one in the bathroom for (ahem) long sessions. I used to keep a spare book under my car seat, but the Kindle app has pretty much replaced that. I do take real books when traveling. There is a lot of waiting around before and sitting during flights. When they tell you to turn off all your toys for takeoff, you might as well have a book. And during a long flight, I guess I prefer the real thing in my hand.
    Audiobooks – I listen to books when driving. I have one for me, and one for when my wife and I are traveling. (We regularly take two hours trips every couple weeks). The trick is switching between them. My previous car stereo had CD and aux in jack. My new one has USB port and aux in jack, but no CD. It would be nice to have TWO USB ports and be able to switch between them. I’ll probably end up using my phone as a player, but I tend to forget to pause it when I stop the car. The car player is hard to fast forward, so really long audiobook files are a pain.
    One thing I have to watch is never read books from the same genre simultaneously. Scifi, mysteries, historical . . . It’s confusing if I have trouble remembering if Conan just killed a warlord or had sex with Guinevere.
    Okay, no more coffee for me this morning!

  65. billy sharpstick says:

    While we’re on the subject of books, I want to share my bookmark idea. I use one of those ubiquitous flyin subscription cards that all magazines have in the. It serves as a regular bookmark, but I position it so the side and end with the big barcode is opposite where I stopped reading. This is helpful when i stop and start a lot. It typically takes me ten seconds to remember and find the paragraph I read lat. So this acts as a bookmark not for just the page, but the exact location too! Life is too short to waste time unnecessarily!

    • Nancy S in Winnipeg says:

      Team Book.
      I use little post-its with the non-sticky edge peeking out over the top of the page. They stick to the page & are so inexpensive I don’t mind when I lose one.

  66. Pam says:

    Team Book!! But whatever method gets people to read more is a-ok with me, so really I’m Team Reading. (This message is approved by my librarian sister.)

  67. Monique says:

    Team Mini Ipad/Kindle.
    I still like cookBOOKS..and artBOOKS..but I now prefer reading on the Ipad/Kindle.So does my husband..never thought I would..travel,lying in bed..

  68. Definitely team BOOK…for all the reasons others have cited. I treat any book I read as my special companion …if anyone dare touch that book if I leave it somewhere in our house, there is hell to pay. But the truth is, I am completely adverse to anything electronic or gadgety..I’m the only one on the planet who has a flipphone. I talk, never text and believe wholeheartedly ( while I recognize the value of technology) that we are losing some of the most sacred things in life…like conversation, hand written notes, and the beauty of the written word where it belongs…in a book. Yes, I am an old fart.

    • TucsonPatty says:

      I am the other one on the planet with a flip phone and you’ll never talk me into texting. Waste of time when you can call and get the conversation over with in a couple minutes – no back and forth for a half hour! I also am a proud old fart!

  69. Ev Wilcox says:

    Team book! You are a corner turner AND an underliner? Gasp! Defiler! Ruiner! Anyway, though I too love books, can’t say I would never get a Kindle. But I am retired and don’t travel much, so the portability of the doodads don’t excite me. I taught myself to read before I went to school, so you can see how important reading is to me. (I NEVER turn corners or underline, except maybe a magazine or catalog here and there)! My son and daughter and a few others share a lot of our books,
    and I have heard that sharing is limited on the doodads. If I worked in a library they would find my wizened body in a corner somewhere with Smithsonian art books, Stephen King books, Animals of all kinds books, and on and on, in a heap all around me! Anyway, as long as we are all reading, the delivery vehicle is not important. Got to go-promised self I could read before I shower, or tidy up, or work on the T-Day food list….

  70. Team Kindle App -- on iPad Air says:

    Note: My wife has the voyage and I use the kindle app on the iPad with the “night” mode settings (aka black background with white or grey text). I’ve spent many hours reading on both.

    If you use kindle for iPad app (or similar) you can do a black background with white or grey text. In addition, after turning the iPad brightness down to nil you can then adjust the kindle app brightness down even further. Then your pet owl can read to you.

    With these minor changes it cuts down almost all of the backlighting and still gives you a huge screen where you can use giant text (if your like me). It’s also very relaxing for nighttime bed reading since it doesn’t make your face glow like a kindle does.

    I would start with the kindle app first (since you mentioned you have an iPad already). Hold hands, take long walks together, fall asleep together and see how things progress.

  71. Heather says:

    I use the Kobo app on my iPad. I like to read in bed & prefer the ease of the iPad. Plus I just don’t have space to store books. I use my iPad to download free stuff from the library, including audiobooks for any long drives.

  72. Susan De Masi says:

    Team Book. Reading is not a choice for me, I MUST read every day. Most of the furniture in my house is for the storage of books, and since I cannot ever throw or give away a book, that collection of bookcases and pantrys converted to bookcases is getting bigger all the time. My first thought about getting a Kindle was “What if I lose it, or it gets damaged? My books will be gone!” Not an acceptable scenario, so I stick to the genuine article. Also, I love getting used books-one of my favorites is the works of Edith Wharton with the original reader’s comments written in teeny tiny pencil script in the margins-and she (he?) had a lot to say!

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      ah but Amazon keeps all of your books in a “cloud” for you, no chance of losing a single one 😉 and you can read over many devices as well as on your computer. 🙂 I can totally understand your affinity for real books, though. 🙂

  73. Karin says:

    Both Team Books and Team Kindle. I do like the Kindle for traveling. I too spend most of my vacation time wandering and sometimes getting lost, but before that I spend tons of time in the airport and on a plane or even in a car that I’m not driving. And that’s when I like my Kindle. But if I come across a book on my Kindle that I really like, I go out and buy the BOOK as well. Because my books are my friends. I try to only keep the ones I love and just looking at them on my shelves makes me happy.

    As for blocking your ads – I would never do that! I actually like all the companies that advertise with you. When I add a half bath to my house (sometime down the road, but definitely before I die) I’m going to use tile from The Cement Tile shop, which I found from your blog! They have great stuff and it will be hard to choose just one tile!

  74. Jody says:

    I am team “read however you can”! I love coffee table books and the look of my favorites on a shelf but I wouldn’t give up my Kindle for the world. I have a huge book stash. I can carry around hundreds of books. That feels so empowering. I like to have a few bookcases but with the amount of books a read I would lose them and run out of room. Also there are so many free digital books. The truth is when people ask me a either or question I choose both!

  75. Carol Hogan says:

    I’m definitely a book person. I have shelves and shelves of books. Tried reading on the iPad and quickly quit. Give me the real thing. I like the feel and like you, I like to mark pages. write in margins and highlight things I want to find again.

    BTW, I like free stuff too and I would never block your sponsors. They have great stuff.

  76. Lyn says:

    I’m both, with Audible thrown in. I love my Kindle app on my iPad (I can knit and read), I always have an audio book going for the car. If I’m on a plane or outside, I like having a real book, no worries about battery time and I can see it in the sun. If I want a book that I think someone else would also like, I’ll buy the real book to share. And lately I’ve been trying to work the library more, in prep for a retirement budget, but I can get Kindle books there also.

  77. Rachel says:

    There use to be a joke about Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales once being the kind of book people hid in their sock drawers in that time. You have to know the works of the Grandfather of Literature and the era he wrote in to get that joke and of course, the man that started it all. I now have major respect for the printing press and I believe that all new and good things come from the old. Love your tech, love and respect what inspired it. Civilization depends on books. The Library has always been the reader’s church. Books have Spines, tech devices do not. Not to mention that glorious odour, that changes from brand new to dusty and smells like coffee and 7 Up. And take for example the movie You’ve Got Mail. It may be a simple little comedy but it shows the love and respect for books and book stores while recognizing our need for technology to bring us together to share our ideas and our hearts. “Read it with with a box of Kleenex, she said”. For something more hardcore and real, Scorsese’s documentary on the New York Review of Books will have you running to a hole-in-the-wall book store while simultaneously Googling every beatnik author you could think of. I miss my little dog-eared copy of Anne of Green Gables and I hope that everyone in the world could have a well- loved ratty childhood book hidden somewhere too. And a Kindle. Have a wonderful day!

  78. Kathryn says:

    I’ve never thought that I had to choose. I have a lot of books. I buy books and borrow them from the library and try not to lose the library books in the pile of bought books.

    I also had a Sony ereader (the first one I ever saw) and a couple of kobo ereaders and an ipad. I also read library books on my kobo/ipad/phone (when I’m somewhere I don’t have a computer or tablet) and I really like that because they just take themselves back when they expire, so I don’t end up with late fees.

    Once I start reading something in a particular format though, I tend to stick with it (Margaret Atwood in hard cover, Ian Rankin trade paperback, George RR Martin ebook because they’re too freaking big to carry around).

  79. Stefani says:

    I love my Kindle but not as much as I love my books. I read a lot of non-fiction and for those I buy actual books. I refer to the pictures a lot and will flip back to reread or go forward to check on a result. I use my Kindle for mostly fiction. I have a backlit Kindle and mostly read in bed – I like that I don’t have to turn on a light. The brightness is adjustable and in the dark I turn it way down. Soooo I use both, but if I had to choose between only one, it would be actual books.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      You can also adjust the settings to have a black background and white letters, I’ve found that makes it much easier on my eyes in the dark! 🙂

  80. I have a Kindle somewhere, but between the library, the Salvation Army and penny buys on Amazon, I’m happiest on team book. Return or donate them when finished so they don’t mount up.
    The exception is when I get a bee in my bonnet that I should read ‘On the Origin of Species’ or some such, or reread old children’s classics, so soothing! gutenberg.org

    • Penny says:

      Re On the Origin of Species, try the audiobook version read by Richard Dawkins. I read the dead tree version and then won a copy of the audiobook. Lucky me! Dawkins admiration for the work comes across in his delivery and his understanding of the subject really brings it to life.
      After listening to the audiobook I set it free on bookcrossing.com. and still get email alerts as it travels around the world.

      • Thank you Penny, I’ll try that! I do tend to fall asleep with audiobooks, but that might not be a problem!

        I used to see Dawkins in my neighbourhood when I lived in London, every inch the mad professor.

  81. Jenny says:

    I’m on both teams, I have to admit. I love having hard copies of books, but we travel to visit family all the time (the curse of being 5+ hours away from everyone) so my husband and I both have kindles so we don’t have to bring stacks with us everywhere. I wish I’d had a kindle when I went overseas for a month back in college–I had to abandon several good books while there! We always buy books for our niece and nephew as presents, and I still remember the year that my sister and I got a hard cover set of 10 classics (Black Beauty, Robinson Crusoe, Little Women, etc.) under the Christmas tree (which I still have). So anyways, in my opinion the portability of the kindle or kindle app is useful but will never truly replace the joy of a real book.

  82. Katie says:

    I’m going to go against everyone and say that I’m Team Audiobook!

    I love reading actual books, but with 1+ hour commute and small children I don’t have any time to sit and read a book. Plus, I have a tiny house with no place to store them. I listen to most books while I’m driving and the nature of my work allows me to listen while I work.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      I go with audiobooks quite a lot, too. My commute is about 35 minutes but I can also sit at work and listen as well. I’ve also found that it makes the chores of housework go by faster as well. I don’t have young kids but I wonder if that would make them sit while you got something else done if you played the book through a stereo? 🙂
      P.S. audible is a great place for audiobooks if you haven’t checked it out already

  83. Ana R. says:

    I’m Team Book all the way. I like stacking the books I’m currently reading next to my bed. I like to see the titles and covers, I like to smell them. Most of all, I like finding notes on the margins, newspaper clippings or forgotten grocery lists inside used books. Can’t do that with an e-reader.

  84. Nancy says:

    When my husband bought me a Nook (when they first came out) I thought I would miss the feel of a book and turning the pages, but I LOVE my Nook and use it daily. The convenience of always having it with me, I find I am reading more than ever. I’ve been cleaning out my house and other than a few precious books that I’ll keep always, I love not having book clutter and stacks everywhere. I also find as I get older my eyesight is not what it used to be and I can crank up the font size for easier reading.

  85. Linda says:

    Kindle is in a drawer with a dead battery because I hated the thing. Always take a book when I travel. Always have at least three books on the nightstand.

  86. Tigersmom says:

    Books! Books! Books! The art of reading to me involves much more than just the words on a page. I love paper.

  87. Olivia says:

    Team Kindle! I have the very 1st edition so it’s simple and black and white only (but you can still underline and look up definitions). I love real books for the coffee table and for all things decorating, but my Kindle goes with me everywhere. I even buy purses that will be sure to accommodate it. I use it waiting for the kids to get out of practice, at the doctor’s office waiting for an appt., at the DMV, even in my car occassionally just to get away during lunch hour.

    I see both sides… but I’d really miss my simple Kindle (iPad or iPhone is not the same, don’t care for reading on those).

    IMO, Olivia

  88. Caroline Bedard says:

    I love books, and I love having books to refer to as needed – especially home repair/DIY manuals, sewing books, crafts books and books with beautiful images like children’s picture books, gardening books and art books.
    My husband has had kindles for years, and kept encouraging me to get one. I had been reading kindle books on my Ipad on travel and in bed for a few years, believing that was sufficient, but decided to try a kindle paperwhite.
    The kindle really is less painful for me to hold than a book, because I too have arthritis. It is much easier to travel with, and now that devices are permitted during takeoff and landing, I don’t need to pack a paperback in my carryon. Traveling light has become more necessary because of the arthritis as well as tendonitis in my shoulder.
    Because it is a paperwhite, I don’t need a reading light in bed, and I do not disturb my husband. It is much more comfortable to read in bed on my kindle, too.
    I borrow library books, try to get on the waiting list for bestsellers enough in advance so I have a favorite to read as soon as I finish each book, and I also get free books on Amazon, even though they may not be my favorites. I no longer have to rush downtown to the library for a good book.
    I still go to the library for reference and how-to books, along with the occasional new release or bestseller, and I do prefer browsing through actual books to using the library ebooks section.

  89. QuietLady says:

    Team Kindle.

    I have always loved to read. I don’t recall being “bookless” since age 8! As a commuter, I would usually have my handbag and a tote to carry my lunch and book (and whatever else was deemed necessary for the day). I read both soft cover and hard cover, so the weight of the book varied. When the first generation Kindle was released, I was thrilled. However, the reviews were terrible; there were much needed improvements. When the Kindle 2 was released and addressed the deficiencies of Kindle 1, I placed my order and have not looked back. Although I love the actual feel of a book, I enjoy the convenience of carrying the Kindle and having immediate access to the next book as I finish a current reading. I still visit Barnes and Noble to look at some books prior to purchase. However, I am hooked on my Kindle and cannot go back to the days of carrying a 3-pound book.

  90. Erika says:

    Team both! I’m not a format snob, but it really depends on the book. I like reading physical books, and some books I ONLY buy in print. But there are a lot of independent authors and publishers that only publish electronically, and I don’t want to miss out on those. Also, I have a fondness for early 20th century and before books, many of which can only be found as ebooks, if they are found at all. Or maybe I just want to read a book, but not own it, and the library doesn’t have it in print.

    I have an Android 7″ tablet, which can use pretty much every reading app on the market – including kindle, nook, kobo, adobe, epub, and overdrive. I use kindle and overdrive – kindle for stuff through amazon or the library ebooks, and overdrive for ebooks from Project Gutenberg and other sources which offer a lot of free ebooks. I have several hundred books on each app. The tablet has wifi, so it can search the internet, but I can also download games, apps, pretty much everything you can do on a computer. In fact, I haven’t used my laptop since I bought the tablet, and this is my second one. I won’t give up my books for anything, but I also won’t give up my tablet.

  91. Connie says:

    Wow, what a lot of comments! It’s wonderful to see so many readers. And the best thing about readers is they know how to spell and use grammar and string whole sentences together!

    I’m TEAM BOOK. I realize electronic books are more convenient, maybe someday I’ll embrace the technology.

    And regarding dog-earing pages, an English teacher once told my class that when you bend the pages of a book, the book cries. I simply cannot bend a page, or even write in a book. I probably need therapy….

    • TucsonPatty says:

      One of my favorite memories…I babysat my daughter’s best friend and his siblings. The friend was careless with toys, books, walked on things, brought sand from the sand box into the house then the books on the floor and walking on them…I gave him a little talk one day about “…ruining, no, spoiling the books…” And his momma told me weeks later that while she was reading to all three kids and then putting the book on the floor, he said “Mama, don’t do that. You will break Aunt Patty’s heart!” I died.

  92. Erin says:

    Solid team book. One look in our house, and that’s evident!

    However…I would love to get all of my gardening/homesteading/permaculture books in digital form so I could reference them to problem solve while outside. I still want to own the actual book. I just want to be able to easily search several at once for specific information.

    Great discussion.

  93. BamaCarol says:

    I just love reading, doesn’t matter how I do it. I have so many physical books and had to get rid of some not long ago or they threatened to overtake us. Donated 31 boxes of hardback books! Mostly books that I had already read, I was just holding on to them. I also have a Kindle and use it mostly at bedtime as it is lighter weight in bed than a heavy book. I also love audiobooks when bike riding or walking. Just as long as I am consuming a book, the way I do it doesn’t really matter to me!

  94. Su says:

    I’m team book – except when I travel…. I love the uninterrupted reading on planes and having a kindle is very convenient for me. I don’t have to haul around three or four books for the trip. I love curling up with a book and turning the pages….. savoring the read….
    However I do not like the prices that are charged for ebooks. I think it’s bullshit that we pay almost as much for a digital version that cost next to nothing to produce. I want the authors to be paid but I think the publishers and Amazon and Barnes and Noble are sticking it to us readers….
    Plus I can’t ‘loan’ my books as easily as a print version or to whomever. I paid for it I should be able to ‘give’ to anyone!!
    ok jumping off of THAT bandwagon….
    On a different reading note… I will ONLY read magazines in print. I absolutely, positively cannot stand reading magazines in the digital format. Tried it and hate it. There is something so real about a glossy magazine, ripping out the recipes, pinning the pictures on my bulletin board that you cannot get in a digital version.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      If you have a kindle you can actually loan books if the author has permitted it. 🙂 It’s a small PITA as it is only for, I think, 2 weeks increments, but they can be read on any kindle app on a smart phone, kindle, computer, tablet, etc. 🙂

  95. Mary W says:

    Books!!! I read in bed and before falling asleep. Usually, the book falls into my face when my hands and eyes go to sleep before my brain. The Kindle would hurt!!!!

  96. Rondina says:

    Team Book. I tried the Kindle and sent it back to Amazon. I also write in margins, underline, and dogear the pages. I thought that I would be able to read my journals and magazines on the Kindle. I hate the way things reflow. Wired no longer looked like Wired and my journals were in PDFs. I couldn’t turn the Kindle for a horizontal view when reading those. There is no way I’d fall asleep with a Kindle in my hand and that light blinding me.

  97. Manisha says:

    I resisted the e-books for many, many years then a friend loaned me her old Kindle. I fell in love the very first night. I read a lot and have a huge library of my own. But now I’m painstakingly clearing it out (but not giving up my favorites and have to tell myself that not everything can be a favorite). The best thing about my Kindle is that I can borrow from the library. The waitlist are usually shorter for the e-books. Also, I have a case that allows me to open and shut like a regular book. If you happen to decide to buy one, consider not getting the latest and greatest. My Kindle is only for reading books. It won’t let me get distracted by being able to get on the internet. I find the paperwhite kindles to be very affordable.

  98. chris says:

    I LOVE my books! I could never be convinced to abandon them completely. However, I do also use my Kindle. I use my Kindle to check out emerging authors or books I’ve never heard of. I’d rather pay a minimal amount (or nothing at all) for a read that may end up being a dud. If I find an author that I really like, I then proceed to buy everything I can get my hands on. I also like my Kindle for reading in bed before sleep. Instead of having a light (which keeps me alert), I can adjust the screen coloration and brightness so that I actually start to get tired while reading. That’s a big deal for an insomniac!

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      I also like that you can adjust it to black background with white words which I find to be easier on my eyes when reading at night 🙂

  99. Carolyne says:

    forget kindle, forget kobo. the best ereader is the Sony e-reader. BUT, they have stopped making them. Why is it the best? You are not limited to any single format, it can use any epub, pdf, etc. It is not tied to an online platform that needs to sync. It lasts forever on one charge. It is not backlit, so it does not interfere with sleep patterns. It is bigger, than some and is the same as a paperback. It weights almost nothing.

    I have had one for years with no problems at all. I bought 2 on ebay as backups just in case.

  100. Colleen says:

    I love books! I also love going to the libaray to browse through the books. Having said that I use a Kobo because holding heavy books is hard on the broken and bent parts of my body. I still do read books from time to time if one pops off the shelf and into my hands at the library but, for the most part, the library is a place for me to enloy the pleasure of flipping through the pages of books, read the cover flaps and then borrow them on my Kobo.
    I originally had a Kindle but found out very quickly cannot borrow library books from Canadian public libraries on a Kindle ereader so it was traded in for a Kobo.
    I love the dictionary feature on the Kobo. If I am not sure of the meaning of the word all I have to do is touch the word momentarily and a dictionary meaning pops up. It is also very easy to underline passages and ‘bend down corners’ for bookmarks. It is also very easy to add notes.

  101. Jenifer says:

    Team Book…my kindle has a dead battery and sits somewhere in my house with close to 100 unread books on it. I tried, I really did. It sounded good but the reality was more than I could bear…like those really cute jeans that look great in the store but at home? not so much.

    Maybe in a few years or after a few more workouts.

  102. Jennie Lee says:

    I love both. But I have to say, my Kindle is one of the 2 best things I ever bought. The other was my 500 square foot mobile home, which was so full of stuff, mainly books, that my only defense against being considered a hoarder was that none of it was junk. It was all good, valuable stuff. I bought a Kindle about 6 years ago, because I couldn’t afford internet access, and I got the Kindle 3G keyboard, which allowed me free internet access. I still use that model. Thanks to Freecycle (If you don’t know what that is, look up freecycle.org. It may save your sanity), I gave away 42 boxes of books and at least 60 boxes of other stuff. I now live in a larger home, but I still have one room for my books and one for my comic books. It should be obvious that I do love books. Discussions of this topic always get me riled up, because there are so many misconceptions about Kindle. People hate them for reasons that don’t really exist, and they don’t want to find out the truth. 1. My Kindle screen does not glow. You can read it in full sun, just like a book. 2. You do not put batteries in it. It charges up, like your cellphone, and you can read it while it charges. 3. For anyone with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve damage in their hands, or cataracts, it’s a blessing. 4. There are over a million FREE books for it, including most of the old classics. 5. It is very user-friendly, and the manual of all the amazing features is right there in the Kindle. 6. Like audio books? It has audio. 7. Someone mentioned scrolling…? There is no scrolling. Someone also mentioned a “flicker”…? One page fades and another appears. Better than fumbling with the pages- especially in the wind! 8. If your Kindle is lost, stolen, or damaged, your books are NOT “gone”. Get another Kindle or device with Kindle, and there they are. 9. You CAN loan your books to another Kindle user. Actually, I have 3 Kindles, so I could loan one. (They are very cheap on eBay.) 10. You can read free samples of books, before you buy. 11. It contains 2 very easy to use dictionaries. 12. There is a bar at the bottom of the page showing how far you’ve read, and how far to the next chapter. 13. If you’re into tactile delights, my Kindle covers are leather, and have built-in lights (which you’d never know were there till you pull them out) for reading in the dark. I’ve carried one every time I leave the house, for 6 years, and it looks like new. 14. The space in a Kindle is, in effect, infinite. You can have thousands of books loaded onto it at a time, but you can “archive” an infinite number with Amazon, which you can download back to your Kindle in a minute. In other words, books and Kindles both rock, and if you refuse to try a Kindle, I think you’re missing out.

  103. Sherri says:

    I swing both ways…when it comes to reading. I’m a sucker for great cover art so I’ll buy the book if the cover is stunning. I may buy the book if several book-loving friends want to read a particular title so I can loan it to them after I finish it. I may buy the book if it’s written by one of my favorite authors because I will probably want to keep it. But I do make good use of my Kindle for many books because it’s so light and convenient. My kids gifted my Kindle and a spring green cover with built-in reading lamp to me five Christmases ago and they’re both still in great shape!

  104. Ellen says:

    Absolutely Team Book !! My house is overflowing with books, and there are still more that I want. The trouble with Kindles is that many of the books I want are so esoteric &/or old that they aren’t available in Kindle form. Also, I re-read things a lot, and I understand that books disappear from Kindle after a certain time- Horrors!
    I do have a Kindle on my laptop & cellphone, which I have used only for free books (cheapskate here), and have some wonderful very old books on it. But it just doesn’t work well for me. A real book opens naturally at the best parts and it smells & feels comfortable – like home.

  105. ellen says:

    Team Fickle! Seriously, I use both. For novels and bedtime reading mainly my Kindle. I do buy some books at the thrift store – for 50 cents or a dollar I can’t beat the price for beach reading. I download from the library too. I buy a lot of craft and knitting books, new ones, used ones, hilarious vintage ones. For those there is not substitute – must be the physical books. The new ones have gorgeous pictures and lovely paper, which is part of the luxury experience. I also love magazines, but have not found an online experience of them which is acceptable.

  106. Chuck says:

    I’ve tried a Nook reader and my Samsung tablet and although convenient I keep coming back to books. The other thing I find myself doing on the readers is starting multiple books, its just to easy and tempting to do. Not a good thing.

    So I for team book.

    By the way I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. You might like it, lots of good survival hacks. Although on Mars but still very interesting and creative.

  107. Mary says:

    Both!

    I don’t understand why people think you need to use one form exclusively over the other. I love my Kindle AND I love my books. My house is very small and I simply do not have the room for all the books I read (I read 1-2 books a week) so the Kindle allows me to have hundreds of books available while taking up a tiny amount of space BUT I also buy books and have even been known to buy hard copies of books I read on the Kindle (like the Book Thief). I also adore vintage books and prefer to give my precious storage space over to such gems as ‘The Home Queen World’s Fair Souvenir Cook Book.’ I also take advantage of the many Little Libraries in my neighborhood so at any one time I am usually reading a book on the Kindle and an actual book I borrowed from either a friend or the Little Library down the street. I read in bed before I fall asleep and prefer my Kindle for that because it is easier for my tired hands to deal with but I still curl up on the sofa with my hard copy of ‘All the Light We Cannot See.’

    Come on, Karen, talk a walk on the wild side and enjoy both!

  108. Elise says:

    I don’t think it makes much difference, but I just went through and clicked on every single ad on the page… 🙂

  109. Nanette says:

    Team Book!

    I love the feel of turning the pages and the feel of a book in my hands. I can’t get that same feeling with my kindle. Plus I read it when I get to bed and electronics are not good for that if you suffer from insomnia like me. I hit my used bookstore, the library and my libraries twice a year sale. On the last day you pack a paper grocery bag full of books and only pay $5. Then return them when you’re done, just like a big community book swap and tax deduction. Double bonus!

    But I do have a Kindle. It’s good for traveling (lightweight) and when I can’t find my glasses since I can increase the font.

  110. Liz says:

    team book all the way, but I can see how people would be team Kindle for the reasons you mentioned. I love the smell too! Nothing better than an old used bookstore. Mcleod’s Books in Vancouver is one of my favorite places in Canada 🙂 There is a reverence when reading a real book, like you are partaking in a ritual or privilege that you get to share with everyone and all who ever were. It’s both personal and private, and universal and shared, ya know? Yes, corny, I know. haha

    Ps: way to advocate for yourself and all bloggers really on the ad blocker. I thought your idea the other day of letting people have a few days to check the site out and then blocking them unless they change their settings was a fair idea.

  111. An avid reader since a child, books were the way to go for me. I was always carrying two at a time though: one book and one dictionary. Then I was given a Kindle, and it comes with a dictionary! I can look up words, and the words in those looked up words, and the words in *those* looked up words, and then go right back to where I was. I can change the font size, the background and font color, and switch between 100s of books as my reading fancy grabs me. Plus it has text-to-speech. I can listen to books while I work on manual labor. Ahhh… but then I got my smartphone and downloaded Kindle onto it and now I can read EVERYWHERE. Except in the bath and while I am doing manual labor, because the Kindle app doesn’t offer text-to-speech. So I got Audible. But wait, there’s MORE!. You’d better stop reading right here, Karen, this could get dangerous for you! I got an Amazon Echo, signed up for the Kindle Unlimited series, and now I can read a book on my Kindle or smartphone, listen to it on Audible in my car or on my phone when I’m out, or have it read to me on my Amazon Echo. Plus I can interrupt my Echo to ask it for definitions, or Wikipedia articles on items of interest mentioned, and then return to my book. The Echo, Audible, and Kindle all sync, so I can pick up my book at any point, whether I’m listening or reading! Yes, I still love paper books, but the ability to read three to four books PER WEEK is just awesome! Huge reader, so I have a Kindle, the Kindle app on my phone, the Audible app on my phone, an Amazon Echo AND paper books. Go reading!

  112. Kirsten says:

    I am team iBook!! I have a library of books on my iPhone so that when I am stuck waiting for something or someone, I pull out my phone and read. (It also syncs with my iPad at home) so next time you are waiting 45 minutes in your doctors/dentist/lawyers..etc, just think of how many chapters you would have read instead of leafing through chewed up chatalaine/house and home/ people magazines from 2010.

  113. Sabina says:

    TEAM BOOKS, REAL BOOKS! There’s nothing cozy about curling up with a piece cold gadgetry. I like to dog-ear pages and backpedal for reference sometimes which inevitably means you lose your place on a reader: hhhhhh swipe swipe swipe, scroll scroll scroll…it makes me dizzy and distracted when I want to get lost in what I’m reading. And right now I’m reading In the Night Circus so I’m happy to see it there ^ up there in your “YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS” section. It’s been wallowing in my gadget for about three years now so I decided to buy the book and end my misery! Peace at last!!!

    Sabina

    PS – I got my Lee Valley Catalog, it’s one of my favorites too – CHA-CH$NG!

  114. Miss ID says:

    Firmly in the #TeamKindle camp! I love that it has the “ink on paper” technology screen that allows me to read it in bright sunlight just like a “real” book, and I love that I can highlight and then log on my computer later and revisit all of my compiled highlights. I also check out library books on my Kindle, and it suits my minimalist-wannabe lifestyle. Could not say any more about it, and I never plan on buying a physical book ever again.

    The number one complaint I hear from people in the #TeamBook camp is that they just love the way books “smell” and would not get that from a Kindle. A strange, but legitimate, complaint.

  115. Teresa says:

    TEAM READ what ever it is on….
    I love books and I love my kindle paperwhite touch
    What’s funny is when I’ve been reading on my kindle and change to a book and find myself just touching the page to turn it.
    When reading a book I miss being able to touch and hold a word to get a pop up of the definition.
    Kindle is great for getting books from the library without driving there and for buying the newest release without paying hardcover prices. I also love being able to have my favorite books forever without them taking up room or getting yellow and brittle.
    Kindles don’t need book lights but for real books, I think this is the ultimate lightweight book light:
    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/1213588/LightWedge-Verso-Clip-On-Reading-Light/

  116. Lisa says:

    Both!!

    Love, love books BUT I also really like my Nook. So, I go back and forth. I’ll lose my Nook for months at a time, then find it and read on it for a while. Then go back to real books….

    I like the Nook b/c my husband doesn’t complain about the light being on at night. It really hurts when you fall asleep and get knocked in the face tho!

  117. Anne says:

    TEAM BOOK with a caveat because I’m complicated.

    I have a Kobo. An old version that an ex gave me for Christmas. I don’t use it often. But I do like to trot it out on those rare occasions when my wrists ache from propping up really thick books in bed (Stephen King is so wordy) or when there are 43 people in front of me waiting for the 4 hard copies of a book the library has. Or when I want to start reading that book right NOW.

  118. Carolyn says:

    Team Kindle for me – Kindle Paperwhite to be more specific.
    Years ago I would have said that I wouldn’t be willing to give up the feel and smell of the paper. I bought my first Kindle to use mainly for travel and fell in love with it. 2 or 3 years ago I bought a Paperwhite for the advantages of the backlit screen, and I wouldn’t part with it for anything. It is totally different than reading on my phone or tablet. I can read in bed without tearing pages out of my book and I can adjust the brightness, as well as the font size, to suit me (and my sleeping hubby). I can highlight quotations that I want to keep and look up words that I am unfamiliar with. It is a win-win.

  119. Carole says:

    Team Book !! You can’t replace the joy of books, the real paper ones. Many libraries these days are spending more tax payer money on e-book downloads than real paper books, due to demand. Public libraries will probably continue but I worry about book stores. My husband and I owned two used book stores for over 20 years. One is still in business but I wonder about the future.
    Oh, the pleasure of walking into a book store !!!
    Particularly a used one.

  120. Erin says:

    Team Book! I find it really hard to track on a screen. Plus it is hard on the eyes to look at a lit screen for hours. And I don’t have to keep my books charged so I can ready them. In a power outage, I can take out my trusty headlamp and read on for as long as I have batteries. I can borrow books from the library for free, don’t have to pay to download them.
    Plus, I am just not a techie. I have an IPad I have no idea how to use, and don’t really care to learn.

  121. laura says:

    TEAM BOOK. Sorry for shouting.

    Not to repeat your points too much, but the feel of a book. You can’t replace that. The feel, the turning of a page, dog-earring pages – I know, some people hate that, but I love it! I dog ear every page that has a line I love, a passage, a thought, a place that made me laugh-snort. Also, instant downloads take away the fun of bookstore/library perusing, both of which are my favorite zen moments in life.

    Now having said all that, I’m Googling speaker lights.

  122. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    I am a converted Kindle user. I used to swear I would only read book-books but a friend was so persuasive about his Kindle that I decided to give it a go. I am on my second one which is the Kindle Paperwite. I love it. I don’t blame you from not liking books on your iPad. It’s because the iPad is backlit. It’s also heavy and awkward to hold. The Paperwite has teensy tiny lights all around, which are adjustable. No eye strain. You can read in the dark. You can read in bright glaring sunlight. It weighs almost nothing. Instead of underlining words I don’t know, I just touch the word and it gives me the definition. Very cool. I know there are fancier Kindles out there but they tend to be backlit and I don’t need an ereader to surf the Internet – that’s what my iPad is for.

    Bonus – you can have up to 3 kindles that you can upload to. This means I was able to give my first to my daughter with all of the books that I have purchased (about 130 so far).

  123. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Forgot one of my favourite things!! You can download free samples of as many books as you like. There samples are very generous and I usually know by the end whether I want to purchase.

  124. Team Kindle.

    I believe I’m actually the one who started this topic about Kindle a few posts back. I do like my Kindle, and I use it all the time. I prefer books, but the Kindle features (abundantly mentioned above) make it totally worthwhile. I do miss the intuitive paging around you can do in a book, like in a murder mystery when you want to flip back a few chapters to reread that one bit you are sure is a clue. You can do it on a Kindle, but it isn’t as easy. The simple act of flipping pages with your thumb to speed back or forward is something I do miss. But Kindle books are cheaper than paperbacks, you can read them within seconds of ordering them, you can read without turning on the light, you can look up words, adjust the typeface size, etc. It’s an object that holds thousands of books but weighs mere ounces, and no trees were harmed. I read on the metro train every day on my way to work. Kindle rocks.

  125. Lisa says:

    I am Team Book, but I also have a Samsung tablet with e-reader software on there, and my library participates in “e-lending” using this app called OverDrive. I think the prices for electronic books is outrageous, especially considering that you do not own the book after you paid for it.

    Sometimes the e-book at the library comes in sooner than a reserve on a paper book, so I guess I’m rather 50/50 on it. It is convenient, I’ll tell you that.

    I also subscribe to Scribd.com, which is 8.99/mo and unlimited reading. The selection is not as good as a library, and it kinda frustrates me. I’m on the fence about recommending it, but if you find a topic and they have a lot of books in that topic, it can be good.

  126. Larissa Stretton says:

    Team BOOK all the way, for all the reasons listed, the paper, the feel, the smell, easy on the eyes! I have a Kindle, but have only read one book on it, using it to mainly play games or surf the web. Did I also mention, I am the Story Time lady at my library, so I share the love of books, real paper books, with hundreds of children! Books are the Best! (In my humble opinion).

    You’re blog is a favorite and I watch ads periodically, because I want you to stick around.

  127. tj says:

    I had a kindle and didn’t like it as it was too small and I didn’t like the page numbering system. I do, however LOVE, Love, love ibooks on ipad.

  128. Luanne says:

    This isn’t in any way intentional – but I’m team book. I have no doubt I’ll turn and join the other side – but I haven’t been around them, I haven’t had a use for them, and I really do enjoy the tactile feel of a piece of paper between my fingers.

    Presumably someone will eventually hand me their old old old, almost archaic e-reader, and encourage me to give it a try. And I’ll fall in love with it. And I’ll try to convert the (already converted) world.

    At least.. if past behaviours are truly the predictor….

  129. Kathy says:

    Is there room for another team? I really enjoy audio books. The Harry Potter series had a great reader. My “boom box”, I don’t know what else to call it, plays cds and cassettes. I can listen in the dark and it has a sleep timer to shut off. It helps me go to sleep via a good story without any light to keep me awake. And of course in the car it is the best yet.

  130. leslie young says:

    love books – smell, feel, page flipping, nostalgic, trashy, business, enlightening, photography, magazines, all of them I love them all. My husband bought me a Kobo Reader several years ago on my sisters advice that I would love it – I never even turned it on (felt terrible) but books are my jam !!!

  131. Shauna says:

    I’m team kindle, BUT, I love real books. What I miss by reading on my kindle is looking at the cover of the book, I miss being able to really study the maps that they put in historical fiction books, I miss easily being able to flip back to a spot.

    What I don’t miss – how my hand aches when reading a giant book (I read a lot of historical fiction and there are a lot of big books); the heaviness of said book in my bag.

    I do love that I can take my kindle with me on vacation and not worry about finishing a book and then finding another one I like, in my language. I like that I can take a giant book and it doesn’t take up all the room in my luggage. I like that I can practically lay down flat while reading it and it’s easy to hold with one hand.

  132. Betty says:

    Team Book. Have a Kindle installed on my laptop so I can read e-manuals, etc., but I am glued to a computer all day so when I read at night (and any other time I can get away with it), I want the feel and look of a book!

  133. Laurinda says:

    Team BOOKS!
    I like the idea of an ebook, but prefer the weight & feel of a book. The smell of a used bookstore (my favorite! ) & masses of books are great for deadening sound & have insulating properties! ?

  134. Barbie says:

    I have a kindle but I still love the feel of a real book. I’m like you on this one.

  135. carla gruszecki says:

    I’m Team Book for the exact same reasons you are. I have some ereader thingy on my IPAd but, like you, only read a couple of books on it …..and then forgot about it. I do like the concept though and get why others like it. I bought a Kindle for son a while back and he considers HUGGING me whenever he uses it…. which is a SCORE for Team Mum.

  136. Jennifer says:

    Team Book–because I have a strange habit of “crinkling” pages while I read. I don’t know how I acquired the habit, but it’s strangely satisfying to me and entertaining to my friends and family.

  137. Heather (mtl) says:

    Team book, easily. My sister gave me her CRUZ e-reader years ago as she just never ‘connected’ with it. She bought it from tsc and could never get the dang thing to stay on. Also, it was affiliated with B&Noble, which left the building soon after her purchase. It sits beside the bed with a stack of books and mags on the floor. I read those, but I dust it.
    BTW, thanks for the AdBlock tip. I had no idea so I have enabled you.
    Do you feel enabled?

  138. Kelliblue says:

    As I’m kinda 50/50 on the whole thing, your post inspired me to list why:

    Team KINDLE:
    I can make the text BIGGER and the background brighter for my aging eyes
    I can take ALL my books with me at once
    I can search through the book or easily go to any part of the book I want immediately
    I can instantly look up a word, phrase, author, or even hear how a word sounds, while reading
    If I want more books, or more by that author, I can add them to my library almost instantly
    If a friend has an Android device, I can easily send them a copy of the book almost instantly, and vice versa
    If I’m in an iffy situation, I could clear/wipe/remove my book if need be
    I never lose my place–instant bookmarks–to come back to
    As long as I have a device or computer and my account, I can get to my books anywhere
    I can carry lots of other things along with my books, such as my phone, phonebook, maps, my bank, my camera, even the entire interwebs!
    I can hold and read my book in either portrait or landscape style
    No center book crease! (esp. with a lengthier book)
    I don’t have to lick my finger to turn a page…I just tap
    I can read in the dark without a flashlight 🙂

    Team BOOK:
    There’s something about holding a book that is so incredibly satisfying
    It’s easy to lose yourself in the story…without the page going dim on you
    They’re light and easy to carry (unless you’re reading War & Peace; then you’re just a masochist)
    You don’t have to keep a book charged, or worry about where you can plug in your book, and you don’t need an account or passwords to read a book (but maybe a library card)
    There’s no learning curve with a book, as long as you know how to read
    As long as there’s light, you can read a book anywhere (and without the screen glare too)
    You can write notes, highlight, underline, etc., in a paper book
    If you really like a book, you can buy lots of copies for friends and family easily
    Books come in a variety of forms, like hard cover, paperback, different paper, etc.
    Books have been around for millennia and are very easy to find
    Once expensive books can also be easily found at half price book stores and the like; many books you can find for free if you look in the right places
    Other than our own dreams, IMHO bookstores and libraries are the only other magical places that can take you away to distant lands!
    The *smell* of books is like…history rolled up in imagination, smothered in comfort. 🙂

  139. Sharon says:

    Late to the party, but I’m team BOTH! At last count there are over 800 books in my library, which spans several generations of cherished works. Much of this is Non-Fiction or serious leather bound classics. But my Kindle is always with me, and filled with fiction or light hearted fun reads. Who says you can’t have both??

  140. Laura Bee says:

    Books, real books! I used to have so many. I find nearly all our books at used book stores, yard sales or thrift stores. Now I have a “small” collection of keepers & for the last few years have been reading & passing on my books – except those that really need to be read again. I have had to add a second bookcase in my daughter’s room & it’s just about full. I have bought all her ’12 Days of Books’ for Christmas already. So, it’s either another purge or a bigger bookcase for her.

    As for e-readers, I have never read on a Kindle etc, but I did try to read a downloaded copy of 50 Shades of Grey on my pc & it started to get weird…never did finish it.

  141. gotta write…I’m team book, as well. there’s nothing like the smell of a new book. I like to flip all the pages and take a big sniff. nostalgic, I know, but I like what I like.

  142. Brandy Ballard says:

    I’m team both. I read very quickly so if I’m going on a week long trip I can finish 3 or 4 books. As a child and young adult I always had to allot space in my suitcase for books. If I’m sitting at home reading I tend to go for some of the books on my 7 bookcases, lol but if I’m traveling I prefer my kindle, especially since they are really tablet like anymore so I can link it to my phone’s wifi and access my email and facebook as well. There is also a word processing app that I’ve downloaded as well.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      Oh and one more thing, my local library is very e-conscious so if I want the next book in a series or another book by the same author I can download it immediately if it’s available and it’s free 🙂 which is a price I can get behind

  143. Paula says:

    I love the convenience of ordering books on a Kindle and having them instantly but I usually read them on my computer. This is usually due to the fact that it is something that I need to know about ‘now’.
    Team Book would get my vote though, I love books.

  144. joanne says:

    Team Kindle, but specifically Kindle Paperwhite!!! (Not iPad app unless I’m stuck somewhere)
    I read a lot, and have always carried books and magazines with me for my commutes. nothing worse than getting stuck waiting somewhere without reading material.

    I’ve tried the Kndle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle app for iPads. I don’t like the glare on the shiny screens of the iPad or Kindle Fire, nor the fact that I can’t read them in bright light situations (and living at the beach, I’m in bright light often). Just like the iphones, the shiny touch-screen surfaces don’t do well in sunlight, but Kindle’s Paperwhite is perfect.

    For reading, I absolutely recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. I do still read using the Kindle app for iPads, since I carry the iPad for work, and commute with it.

    I love the feel & smell of books – but the convenience of the Kindle has won me over.

  145. Pam Jones says:

    Kindle for novels and one-time books. Books for reference. Why Kindle? I can read in bed with the lights off curled up on my side. I can read in the pool (waterproof cover) and that’s how I spend my 100+ degree summer days in Texas. I travel a lot and can bring a dozen books (or more).

  146. Amie M says:

    Team Book! The smell, tactile response and nostalgia of curling up with a book until the wee hours of the morning get me every time.

    I have tried the Kindle and Kobo apps on my iPad, and they worked well when I was impatient for the paperback to be available in a series I am reading. But as soon as that paperback was ready, I bought it.

  147. Robin says:

    Book, book, book – Kindle! But not as a stand-alone device. I get eBooks on my tablet and iPhone via the Kindle app. And I can read any of them on any of my devices. That’s cool. I buy a lot o business-type books as ebooks because a) business books are large and expensive and the e-versions are cheaper and weigh NOTHING!

  148. I’m team both! With an added…I LOVE Audible.com for audio books…love, love, love it.

    That said, my Kindle is old – like 8 yrs. old – and I love it. It’s my magic book, and instantly transports me to any place and time I want, provided I have the place/time in a book. 🙂

    But, there is nothing in the world like the smell of a real book. The heft, the texture, the print. Ahhh…bliss…

    If tomorrow I had to choose, I’d take the printed book over all the others…and pray my glasses never broke.

  149. Amber Miele says:

    I’m a Team Book! …But have to secretly be Team Kindle/tablet because they don’t make what I read in physical paper form… Woe is me.

  150. Sheila says:

    I’m puzzled about the entry for the massive ginormous Xmas giveaway which has just appeared in my mailbox with instructions on entering plus a concentrated that it’s too late! Please explain or I’ll send you a warty haggis from the Scottish Highlands! X

  151. Sheila says:

    Why concentrated has appeared in my last post is open for debate or explanations….it was meant to be comment…..obviously too much warty haggis!

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Warty haggis is cursing you apparently. I’m not sure why you only got that email now Sheila. The contest started on Monday and entries closed at midnight last night. Your email must have got stuck in cyber space. 🙁 ~ karen!

  152. Yabut says:

    I’m for real books all the way. I do read e-books from time to time, but I seem to run out of power just as things get exciting.

  153. Vanessa says:

    I LOVE books! They fill my bookshelves, are stacked in corners and topple out of my closet. I like the way they look, smell and feel. I have the utmost respect for books. That being said, I LOVE my Kindle! I order things from the library and found a website that puts together a daily list of books that are on sale…for FREE! I can play games, check my email, read or watch movies on it. I carry it with me always. But as awesome as my kindle is, it will never replace a good book. I also don’t respect it, I enjoy it. I have noticed that I like to buy the classics on paper while “Junk” books I am happy to read on kindle.
    Also, I tend to read good books over and over again. Fahrenheit 451, read it like 30 times. Jane Austen, read most of her books over 10 times. Something well written that I can get lost in is a keeper and must be tangible. And then some times I buy it for my kindle cause you never know when you are going to want to run into Mr Darcy.

  154. Teresa says:

    Am I the only one who finds it funny that we are ALL reading this (our favorite blog) and all the comments on some type of “reader”?
    Eeek! What if we had to wait for the book?

    Of course, with all the firmly in team book comments, it seems clear that you are ovedue for the print copy of “The Best of The Art of Doing Things” volume 1
    You’re welcome.

    Also, out of the blue (grey, really, as we are now under the winter uni-cloud) this morning, I thought, Karen should use the word, bedecked. Because you actually bedeck things. And, although I can build and rig and fix most things and possibly outswear you, – I did almost leap from my chair with excitement when you mentioned steam bending wood- I’m not a bedecker.

    Teresa

  155. leslie says:

    Well, I’m late to the party as usual but here goes:
    While I love my iPad mini for so many reasons- mostly regarding travel and being able to find my f—ing iPhone (which always seems to be wandering off somewhere, probably looking for another iPhone to play with), trying to read a whole book on some kind of e-tablet is like having a cappuccino without REAL milk or pancakes without REAL maple syrup or eating a dry baked potato with no sour cream, butter, etc. (what???). I could go on but I’m just saying, it doesn’t bring the satisfaction of really READING unless you are holding back pages, turning them as you progress and dog ear-ing and underlining and feeling that paper under your fingers knowing that you are one in a long, long, long line of so many lucky human beings over so many centuries to be lost in a story in just this way.

  156. Tara says:

    Team book! I would be sure to drop my Kindle in the bath.

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