E-Books Versus Print: Is Convenience Worth an Extra Cost?

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As the New Year rolls in, I have joined a growing trend. It’s not something I planned to do. In fact, it is something I always said I would probably NEVER do!

I started reading e-books more than print books.

(And you thought it was something illegal!)

I know what took me so long to join the trend: I started volunteering at a library when I was seven. I love the way books look, feel, smell. I love flipping pages. I love their weight. I walk into a library or a book store and this feeling of overwhelming peace blankets me.

Weird, maybe, but true!

But as much as I love all of those things, as I grow older and have young children and run from one thing to the next so fast I can barely catch my breath before leaving the house, I realize this:

Sometimes it’s best to take the easy way.

For me, that means a mobile reader. It’s easy to carry, and it holds a variety of books. And at night, when my husband is deep in sleep and I CAN’T sleep, I can ‘open my book’ without turning on a light and read while still in bed.

I’m not the only one turning to e-readers. A study conducted by Pew Research shows e-book readership increased from 16% to 23% in the past year; at the same time, those who read printed books dropped from 72% to 67%.

Is it cheaper to read e-books than print books? I don’t think so; at least not yet. I’ve joined up with Amazon’s Daily Deal – each day, several new books are offered for just $1.99. (Yes, it can add up quickly if you aren’t careful; but I have gotten some great reads at a really low price!) I also joined BookBub, which delivers the best deals in e-books each day; yesterday I got one for free! And I borrow e-books from the library. Though there is always a long wait on new books, I’ve found if I put several on hold at one time I’m never without something to read.

Though I love the convenience of e-books, I don’t think I will ever lose my love for print.

What about you? Have you joined the e-book revolution or do you still prefer flipping pages?  Is the convenience of an e-book worth the cost? 

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E-Books Versus Print: Is Convenience Worth an Extra Cost?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. melissa says:

    I dont like the e reader im old fashioned and believe its best to actually read a real book i bring my kids to book swaps three times a year and donate books to schools in our area so my children know knowlzdge is power we even practice writing and telling our own stories every weekend

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