When I bought my ereader (Sony PRS 300) last year I was excited but already knew that I would always prefer print books. However I was convinced that I could also enjoy reading ebooks. After owning my ereader for some months now I have come to the conclusion that reading regularly on my PRS is no fun for me.
When I'm reading an ebook I miss several things that I experience when reading a print book.
- the smell of a book
- the tactile experience when I have a book in my hands
- the possibility to put a book in one of my book shelves after reading it (I love my mini library)
- the option to grab a book and just browse through it (not the same on an ereader)
- the feeling of turning the page
- looking at beautiful covers (not just pictures of it)
- feeling the weight of a book
- the possibility to skim over a cover
- the option to lend a book to my sis because I think she might enjoy it
- that I can't use one of my wonderful bookmarks
In the last month I haven't used my PRS at all. On the one hand because I realized that I need to feel, smell, etc. a print book to really enjoy reading and on the other hand because I'm annoyed that my ereader freezes from time to time. Reading is something I do to relax and a freezing display is not relaxing. And that every ebook feels and smells the same is a problem for me.
I also realized that one thing I love about reading is that it's free of technology. I don't want to press buttons or look at battery levels when reading. I just want to grab a book, perceive it and have a good time. And for me this means not using an eletronic device. In Germany print books are still in the majority and I'm happy that when I'm on the train I can peek at what the people around me are reading.
I will continue to read some (as few as possible) review books on my ereader and ebooks from Mills and Boon but that's it.
Guess when it comes to books I'm a bit old-fashioned :)
What are your experiences with ereaders? Do you prefer ebooks or print books? Or do you like both?