E-Books Vs Paper Books - The Butterfly Reader

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

E-Books Vs Paper Books

Now I'm sure by now that everyone knows I love paper copies of books. There is nothing better than holding a book in your hand and smelling the pages. I told myself I would never ever read an ebook but then my partner got me a kindle and an iPad and I started blogging... ebooks has become how I get ARCS (I'm too nervous to actually ask a big company for a paper ARC, my blog is just to small and I don't want the rejection). So I got a few ebooks and decided it's not so bad after all. So I got to thinking about the good and bad of both and thus, this list was born. 

Paper Copies (PROS)

Never needs charging.
That new books smell! It's the best!
You don't have to zoom in to see all the details (if you're reading manga).
Reading in the shower or bath is much easier. No steam on the screen
Nothing beats holding a real flesh and blood book in your hands.
Touching the cover, flipping those pages.
That crisp sound the pages make when you turn them.
Easier to get other people talking about the book, like when they see the cover.
No distractions. 


Books can be heavy! I got mainly hardcovers and boy when I want to read them in bed... hard.
You can only carry a few of them when you leave.
Can't read without light.
You can crease the spine!!! I hate when this happens to me, I end up selling the back and getting a new copy.
Harder to update on Goodreads. I mean I have to put the book down and get my tablet and then find the book and type the page count in.
Usually costs more than an ebook.
The bookstore can be over an hour away. Which is my case and it sucks so much. I haven't been to an actual bookstore in over two months. Sad fact.

E-Books (PROS)

If you like those dirty romance books with trashy covers and don't want anyone to see the covers... this is perfect! 
Lightweight. Which is lovely for people like me with weak wrists.
You can carry your whole library with you! 
Saving trees.
You can read in any light at all. 
Can highlight without ruining the book.
So easy to download ARCS.
Super easy to update Goodreads.
Usually cheaper.
You can get a book without leaving the house!


Can't read in shower.
Needs Charging a lot.
Having to zoom in to read manga.
Can easily get sidetracked by anything on the web.
Doesn't feel as personal or as real (at least to me).
Can't admire an ebook on a book shelf. 

Did I mess anything? Let me know before your reasons for liking which format you do. Happy reading Sunflowers!


  1. I love the smell of real books too, and that I can look across the room and see a tempting shelf full of books waiting for me to read them. Looking at a kindle, even when I know there's lots of books saved on it, just doesn't have the same effect.

    Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits

    1. It doesn't feel the same and as weird as it is, I can enjoy an e-book greatly but I somehow enjoy a paper copy more lol

  2. I usually use both kinds of books! I use the physical library a lot and with those books, it's easier to see what I have to read next and, like you mentioned, flipping the pages is so satisfying! Especially when you have nothing to do for like half the day so you can just relax on an armchair or something and turn those pages! I like to use ebooks for all of my R&R and ARC books because a) it's less expensive for the author (because most of my R&R books come from indie authors) and b) I really don't like giving out my address over the internet because you really never know sometimes! It's so nice, though, when I go on vacation or something and I know I'll tackle a bunch of books and I don't have to lug them all around in my suitcase. And of course, no aching arms when reading in bed! Awesome discussion topic, Carrie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Yes! I love e-books when KY comes to arcs as like you most of mine are indie too and it does get costly having to ship lots of books, especially international!

  3. Like you at one time I refused to read ebooks. Then I realized I could check out library books without leaving my house!

    I still love the smell & feel of real books but I love that I can read in my Kindle in the dark without waking up my husband!

    1. Yes! I do that often reading while my partner sleeps. Before he'd just bug me to turn off the light lol