It’s time for the very first Spotlight Sunday! It was hard for us to figure out what we wanted to discuss first, but we finally settled on a topic. Are you ready? This week our question is:
E-books vs. Physical Copies. What’s your preference and why?
This goes along perfectly with our brand new “Real” Book Challenge for 2014! Let the discussion begin:
Jaime: I love the convenience of e-books but my heart will always desire the physical copies. I’m almost afraid to tell you guys how many actual books I own. But one thing is for sure… if I loved the book, I always buy a copy. Always. I think it’s because nothing tops holding it in your hands and turning the pages AND what if you get the chance to meet the author? It’s not like you can have everyone sign your kindle or nook! And how can you loan it to all your friends if it’s trapped on your e-reader? So… while I usually buy an ebook so that I can satisfy my need for instant gratification, I tend to also buy the physical copy to satisfy my need to hold and look at the pretty things. Do you guys do that too? Please tell me I’m not alone.
Meg: I agree. It’s weird how this has progressed. Instead of having copies of everything, it’s become a status on my shelves. All of my favorites are there. Being able to have them signed is a bonus. I love looking at what and how an author signs. Plus, it’s usually an awesome reminder of some special event! (Signings, BEA, Tours, etc.)
Erin: Ha ha – yes! Like every time I look at my copy of Taken by Erin Bowman I think of us standing in her line at BEA…and the plan we had to get all the Susan Dennard things…always makes me laugh.
Meg: Do you have books that you have lots of versions of? Hardcovers, paperbacks, e-books, ARCs, etc.? I have some that I have all of the above for! Which is even crazier, but I love the way it looks on the bookshelf! 😉
Jaime: Yes! status! I mean you have to have an actual copy of the favorites!!
Kassiah: You might be surprised to know this but I’m sort of a hoarder. I’m like ya’ll and love the convenience of ebooks–I especially love being able to search quickly for something and being able to easily access my notes. The downside to that is that I find I can’t remember where things happen in books very often. I read the entire Harry Potter series so many times that I could not only answer pretty much anything anyone asks me, but I can pick up my book and turn to the page that it’s on–even after all this time. Since I primarily read ebooks now, I don’t have that sort of “page turning memory” and can’t remember when events occur. Or if I just made them up.
On the hoarding front, though, I do like to have physical copies of books. Favorites, TBRs, cover crushes–it doesn’t matter. I don’t have tons of book shelves though (I should get them this month!) so on the few shelves I do have, I’m like Meg. They’re filled with my favorites–the ones I would have to grab if my house caught on fire. If it’s especially a favorite, I collect as many formats as I can. I’m going to try to stop doing that though–except with some books LOL
Jaime: LOL Is it wrong to have more than one version of the same book? I don’t think so. I don’t think you should ever stop doing that Kass. Does anyone else do that? I currently own all the different versions of the same book, mainly because like Kass, I’m a book hoarder and also because of all the different, amazing covers!
Erin: It is definitely not wrong to have more than one version…mostly because I’m the same way. Either it is because I love it so much I want all the pretty things or I got one as an ARC and want the final copy. I agree – It is perfectly acceptable to do this and being a hoarder of pretty/good things isn’t bad!
Meg: I’m with everyone else. I think that book hoarding is perfectly acceptable. I’ll never forget watching the show Hoarders with Kass and her saying she could teach them a thing or two about how to organize their stuff and get more in there! Books, books, and more books!!
Kassiah: I’m going to remember that ya’ll said that when hubs complains about my hoarding tendencies.
Erin: I personally don’t really have a preference between ebook or physical book and I honestly love both. Not so much because I am holding a real book or not but because my job requires me to travel a lot. Having a book to read is critical to me being happy on an airplane and ebooks give me the convenience of having any type of book with me that I want to read without having to carry them all in my bag. With that said, if there are books I love as ebooks, I always buy them as real books so I can have them on my bookshelf – sometimes more than just one cover version. Plus, real books can be signed by authors and the ones with pretty covers make me happy. I almost always have a real book and an ebook started at the same time anyway.
Now that you’ve read some of our thoughts, let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below! We’ll be back next week with a brand new topic and lots more to talk about.