Friday, September 23, 2011
I find it interesting that so many people think ereaders are the death of "real books." Am I the only one who loves both? Honestly, I buy many eBooks of books I already own. If I have an ARC, I tend to buy the eBook when it releases. I've mentioned this before, but I'm really picky about my books. I love for them to stay like-new. I cannot bend pages, highlighting is never allowed, and please don't break the spine! I don't lend many books... Ebooks allow me to have the best of both worlds. I can highlight, mark pages, and keep quotes saved. When writing my reviews if I'm looking something up, I find it easier to flip through a hard copy.
While I love "real books" I love the feel of the pages, the smell of a good book; ultimately I fall in love with the words. I see my "real books" as a collection. I don't see myself never buying hard copies. If I've read a book and really enjoyed it, I will buy a hard copy to store on my shelves.
My dream is to have publishers offer a free eBook with the purchase of a hard copy. Similar to a digital copy when you buy a dvd or bluray. That would be great for me. It would also encourage people to buy hardcover books, in my opinion.
What are your thoughts? Do you buy eBooks of books you own? or hard copies of books you own?