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Paperback books vs iBooks/Audiobooks

Once again, I was traveling quite a bit this weekend. My favorite way to past time on a plane is read. I’ve bought books and I’ve also downloaded books onto my phone. I decided to look up if any type of reading done with technology has taken away from reading from an actual book. From the first link below it talks about how young readers are now starting to prefer ereaders. Our generation nowadays are so used to electronics and ereaders have a lot of common with them. We can even download books onto our phones; this is extremely convenient. Also, you can download books whenever you want as long as you have wifi. If you were to get an actual book, you would have to go out and get the book or wait for it to be shipped to you. I would say the average cost between the two are the same. For me, I personally enjoy having the actual book in my hand.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kindle-nook-e-reader-books-the-best-way-to-read/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/e-readers-pros-cons-218010

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  • It's really uncomfortable for me to read a book from a device. To me it just doesn't feel right. I think the new generation is used to having eBooks as they are being introduced to them very early on. I don't think I could ever get used to an eBook unless paper books were completely wiped off the face of the Earth.
  • I love to read, but I always prefer the actual book instead of an electronic version. I like how you can mark certain pages in a book and just make it special. Having the actual print copy in your hands is just so much better then a tablet. I spend so much time on my electronics, its nice to just look at plain paper every once in a while.
  • I like having the actual book a lot better. I find it hard to focus on something like that on a screen. It doesn't captivate me as much. Reading is supposed to be my break from my phone, if I read on there too, it's just too much.
  • I actually prefer iBooks because you can make it so the "page" is black and the text is white. I think it makes it a lot easier to read longer because it doesn't hurt my eyes as much.
  • I have never read any book from iBooks or Audiobooks before because I'm not the biggest fan of reading, but I get really bored while traveling and I think I would like reading while I am traveling. Interesting articles.
  • I also prefer actually having a book in my hand. I also have a tablet that I got for my birthday, so I try to use that as much as I can. I like looking back at certain pages faster and not having to flip back to pages on my tablet.
  • The cost of ebooks used to be considerably less than hardcovers, but this has changed as publishers try to squeeze more profits out of ebooks. Despite what your link concludes, most research shows that young people prefer printed books over electronic. But I agree that for traveling electronic books are a game changer. I just miss seeing people reading books in airports/airplanes, as I like to see what titles are being read by whom.
  • I am like you, I like to read an actual book instead of reading on my phone. Although if I had to choose it would be to read a paperback, I have just recently begun listening to a books audio online while I still have the book in my hand. This is something that took some getting used to because it is very different than reading yourself. I don't think I will ever be that person that could listen to a book just on audiobook.
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