Not again! Print books vs. ebooks

November 3, 2014 Musings 10

This showed up on Facebook recently, shared by an author who doesn’t agree with it.

I have to say that I’m getting tired of this argument.

The content is the book, and the book is the content. Paper or electronic is just the medium. It’s fine to prefer one medium to another, but when we get tied up in arguments that pit ebooks against “real books”, we’re missing the point – and doing a real disservice to the authors whose words and stories are why we read in the first place. If you need proof of that, ask yourself whether you’d rather read a beautifully bound blank book, or an ebook by your favorite author. I’m pretty sure you’d prefer the one that actually has a story over the one that feels, looks, and smells wonderful (and has curves.)

By all means, enjoy the benefits of whichever medium you prefer – or both. But please, let’s stop claiming one is superior to or more sacred than the other. And I say this as someone who has 19 shelves of bound books and an electronic library of several hundred titles in her house.

10 Responses to “Not again! Print books vs. ebooks”

  1. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Oh my goodness. What a waste of time and energy, surely the author has better things to do. smh

    I agree, it’s the content that matters and not the format. Digital, print, audio, they all have advantages and disadvantages. Enough with the useless arguing.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      To clarify – the author that posted it on FB didn’t create the meme, and she disagrees – she likes both print and ebooks. She was taking an informal poll of her readers.

      But yes, it’s the content. First, last, and always, it’s the content. I’d read on a scroll if I needed to.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I love both. But now that I often have insomnia in the middle of the night, I appreciate my Kindle more than I ever thought I would. I can read without getting out of bed and without waking Mr. Bookwyrm.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I so agree with you! The content is the content ebook or not. Some content works better for regular books – cookbooks or heavily illustrated books but for regular paperbacks I do love my Kindle! They both have advantages and disadvantages. I’d be surprised if really any reader has gone 100% ebook.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      You make a good point – cookbooks and illustrated books often work better in print (although I find I do a lot of cooking by printing recipes from the internet or from my own collection.) I think there are a few readers who have gone entirely digital – even a few who have gone to the extreme of cutting their books up, scanning them with OCR, and turning them into ebooks (I don’t recommend this!) But most of us are like you and me, and read books in both print and ebook format. 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes, exactly – once the story begins to take me away, I don’t care what format it is, I just want to read the next paragraph, the next page, the next chapter.