So whilst I enjoy the flexibility that is offered by an eReader I have come to realise that they too have their downfalls. So let me regale you with my story before I work out the pros and cons of paper vs screen...
On Wednesday night, I decided that I was going to really get into the story of The Orchid House... and believe me I did. I felt as though I was submerged in another world - and not in that nightmare kind of way where you cannot get out. But in that way where you feel that you are a fly on the wall in the life of someone in the past... Whilst the story had been gripping all along - it got to this part of the plot where you are literally hanging on every word on the page - taking them in quickly yet slowly because you want to savour what is about to come... And what was about to come in this story was rather monumental - as far as the book goes right now - and I was just so involved in the world of those in The Orchid house, and what happened next was most ..... My battery died. IT DIED!!!!!
Of course I could have charged it whilst reading, or made sure that the battery was in that 6 hours left mode, but I did not. I did not expect the time to go by so quickly. So what did I have to do, I had to go and charge it before I read any further - the agony of being left on the verge of a climax in the story!!!! Most vexing indeed. And this is where I realise, that having an actual book can so often be so much better. Of course my battery is fully charged now, and the story is just waiting for me, but it will be different now, going into the story again - and feeling what was going to come on. But enough of that, onto the pros and cons...
The real thing - paper between your hands...
- A book's battery will never die - it will be there for you to pick up and go on with and will be okay with you stopping when you feel you are ready to.
- You can put your books on display and marvel at their beauty.
- You can smell them and get the comfort given by the physicality of a book.
- Books weigh a fair amount - especially when you are inbetween books, or if you are a fast reader and have many to take with you on holiday.
- They require a lot of space - which all bibliophiles KNOW we will never have enough of.
- They are an obsession (maybe this is not so much of a con as something that I need help for).
The electronic version
- Your reads are only as heavy as your eReader.
- You can have 100s of titles with you at any given time.
- It is more travel friendly.
- They are battery operated.
- Whilst they provide the same pleasure when reading a book - they are not as aesthetically pleasing.
- It is more likely to get stolen than a book is.
- They are battery operated (may have mentioned this before, but I think you get my point).
- They are severely allergic to water.
So, the best advice I can give, is to have them both - and make sure that your battery is fully charged to avoid disappointment.