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