Reading,  THOUGHTS

Ereaders versus Paperback



Many polls are taken to find out whether readers prefer reading paperbacks or on an ereading device. According to statistics, ebooks sell more than paperback but I don’t know if I’m sold on that theory. I sometimes question how this data is collected. I know that one of the U.S. biggest book chains, Borders, was closed over a year ago and I hear other tales of struggling book stores, yet I have trouble comprehending the thought that books may someday become near extinct. Every time I hear this I can’t help but think of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheight 451.

Since the time I became a published author, I was surprised to learn of just how many in my circles alone will only read paperbacks. Surprisingly as well, when I asked the younger generation, namely students, they also preferred paperbacks. I became aware of these preferences when my first book Conflicted Hearts came out and everyone I knew wanted to wait for the paperback version, not just because they knew me and wanted a tangible copy, because they didn’t enjoy reading on a device.

Statistically though, it is quite apparent to me that I sell many more ebooks than I do paperback. I’ve also conferred with other authors for their take on this and they all agreed that they sell more ebooks than paper. I guess the jury is still out.

Personally, I couldn’t live or work without paperbacks. Yes, my kindle is full of books which I enjoy reading immensely. But those are mainly novels in different genres I enjoy reading. The books I read to hone my craft of writing, I like to purchase in paperback. I need that physical book so that I can dogear, highlight and flip through the pages quickly for something I’ve marked that I need to go back to.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ereading for its convenience, especially when traveling or just going to a doctor’s appointment. I don’t have to tote numerous weighty books around and my kindle or smartphone can pick up right where I left off previously. But again, when I’m working, I don’t care to press a lot of arrows to scan for the things I’ve highlighted or for a particular page.

So with that all said, I can say that I enjoy both options. Both methods have their place in my reading world.

What about you? Do you have a preference?

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


  • marianbeaman

    Here’s the truth. I buy e-books from authors I like because they are low-cost. However, whether it’s my age or my love for the tactile quality of leafing through the pages, I READ paperback books! I have just read one and have two stacked up on my bedside table. Some e-books on my Kindle for Mac beckon – but weakly. Old habits die hard.

    • dgkaye

      It seems to be a majority vote here on the paperback. The price is definitely a tempting feature for ebooks Marian, and I also always have 3 or 4 stacked paperbacks by my bedside. Is that an old thing? LOL.

  • cindygrigg

    I love listening to audio books but if I do read with my eyes it tends to be non-electronic. I love the holding a book thing. I don’t have anything against ereading but after staring at a screen all day, I find it’s nice to not. 🙂 Awesome and relevant post!

  • legendaryboyd

    I definitely prefer reading physical books but I do know a lot of people who use e-readers. Part of the appeal seems to be how multifunctional e-readers are becoming and how cheap eBooks are.

  • Christy Birmingham

    Hi Deb! Personally I like both. Sometimes I want the convenience of an e-reader but other days I crave turning the physical page of a book. Very astute that you took the feedback about your book orders being mainly for the hardcover version and used it to write this concise post!

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for your feedback sweet Christy. I agree, there is definitely a place for both. They both serve different purposes for me. 🙂

  • Carol Balawyder

    Paperback for sure. I like being able to mark a page with a bookmarker and writing notes in the margins. The e-reader is handy for travelling and for some books that only are on e-readers.
    That’s the case with my recent book but I think I’m going to put out a print version. As you said about Conflicted Hearts a lot of people waited for the print version.
    Also, I’m still on with you on the “lauch” project…let’s talk about that. 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for reading Adam! It seems that all the writers agree so far. Nobody wants to give up paper. Like I said, I read on my kindle for pleasure or in waiting rooms. My bookshelves runneth over. 🙂

  • Aquileana

    Old fashioned here … I love paperback but mainly because I like to carry books if I go out and I don’t have a Kindle… Anyways I like to read E-Books on my Ipad… But paperback go first for me.
    Wishing you a great weekend. Thanks for sharing this interesting post D.G,
    Aquileana 😀
    PS: By the way the Fahrenheit 451 mention was very elocuent!

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