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.


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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  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!

      • Kathy says:

        He’s a male version of you, Karen! I like him! Meet that man for a plain coffee and a demonstration of Kobo. (Full disclosure: I am partial to men named Jamieson. It’s my son’s name.)

    • 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,

  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, 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!

        • Karen says:

          Thanks Nicole! ~ karen!

        • 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

          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 (

  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)!

  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 ( 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.

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