Reading habits: book vs. e-reader

It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? Real book or e-reader? Okay, maybe it’s not an age-old question but for book lovers it certainly is an important one. So, where do I stand on that debate?

I would say I’m on the real book side of things. However, I do have an e-reader – I got it for opening a bank account, otherwise I’d never have gotten one – and I do use it. Pretty much every time I take a longer trip somewhere, I rather take the e-reader. So this summer when I’m travelling Malaysia and Singapore, I’m gonna take my e-reader with me. That way I can read as much as I want without having to carry so much weight.

The only problem I really have with my e-reader and with e-books is that I like to have books that I really like as a copy in my bookshelf. So basically I have to buy two copies of books I enjoy reading. As an e-book and then as a real book. That can be a real financial problem, thankfully I’m an avid re-reader, so at least I can do re-reads on my e-reader and the rest of the time just read normal books.

The whole buying books twice thing started with my Lucinda Riley collection. I bought one of her books Die Mittenachtsrose (The Midnight Rose) as an e-book. It was a Sunday when I bought it and I just had to read it immediately. The problem began when I had bought the last book missing book in my Lucinda Riley collection. My collection was complete, yet every time I looked at my bookshelf, Die Mitternachtsrose was missing. It looked incomplete and it was bothering me. So I had to buy a second copy. And this time the real one. Because let’s face it, e-books are no real book. A real book has to have that book smell and you have to be able to hold it.

So, how do you feel about the book vs. e-book debate? Do you have an e-reader? Do you use it? Let me know in the comments.

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