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Hey, everyone! Victoria here, and happy Monday!

Well, I was reading the other day (aren't we all, right? ;D), and I finished up a book on my Kindle. I have one of the older ones. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. After I finished the book, I had to make a decision on the next read. While it's never easy deciding that for me, I found the decision had way more factors than it used to. I had to decide did I want to read one of the many physical books I have on my bookshelves. Or should I read a book stored on my Kindle? Then there was my iPad and my home computer that also had books I could read. I got so confused I ended up doing some of my Grad homework :P

Does anyone else feel we have way too many choices in this day and age? We can read books in so many different ways. It really is amazing, and I thought I would have an open discussion with you all today.

Old book - Les Miserables
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How do you like to read your books? What goes into the decision? Are you a physical book reader? Or strictly ebook?  When you go to a bookstore do you actually read and buy books or is a more a social hangout for a fun Saturday out?


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  1. Talk about a timely issue! I'm actually in the midst of deciding whether I want a tablet or a new eReader. I love physical books, but I'm getting to a point where while I think they're prettier, I prefer a digital reading experience. It's just too great being able to control the font size, buy books as I want to read them, and reducing the risk of wrist strain from some of the heavier physical books on my shelf. On the downside, going digital means giving up the experience of shopping for books, the enjoyment of actually owning books, the difficulty of getting them signed, the challenge of how to allow people to borrow them...

    I don't think print or digital is "better". I think there are a lot of factors every person needs to take into account in deciding what is right for him or her. And even then, I don't necessarily think there is a perfect solution.

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    1. Oh, my gosh you are so right about the wrist strain! The ereader is so light, but there is nothing better than owning a good paperback for sure!

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  2. I've gone to mostly e-books, but that's due to cost and storage space issues. And the fact I like carrying my personal library around with me.

    The only thing I like better about paper copies is the blurb. Deciding what to read next out of your TBR 'pile' is tough when you've forgotten what the story is about. Most e-books I've seen don't have the back cover blurb included.

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    1. Very true about the blurb! And I also love to be able to thumb back in a book for reference. Doing the search feature on the eReader can take longer, lol.

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  3. There's only one choice for me: paper! I need a real book in my hands and on my bookshelves.

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura! Paper is a very good option. I love both!

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  4. I love both! I don't live that close to any bookstores, so I mostly go to the library. I love reading the blurbs and checking out the different covers. That being said, when I buy books, I mostly buy e-books, because I have a major space issue. Our family home has 10 big bookshelves and they are all overflowing! I love being able to hold dozens of books on my e-reader. When I go on a trip, it's great to know I only have to bring my e-reader, and I'll have more than enough to read! (I've got about 22 on my e-reader TBR list!).

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    1. Talk about space! I have a townhouse myself. Having that eReader for storage definitely helps, haha.

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  5. Mostly I read ebooks, but if the price is similar (i.e. when the trad publishers charge a lot for the ebook version), then I'll buy the hardcopy.

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    1. I do this as well. If I had a choice I definitely want the physical copy if they are going to be the same price :)

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  6. Same here. I have a bunch of paperbacks/hardcovers on my shelves and even more books on my kindle, I never know what to read next ...
    I prefer buying e-books, but like last week, I was after a book for research and the kindle version was more expensive than the paperback - so I bought the paperback.
    I do buy hardcovers when I love the series/book and I know the hardcover is different, like Shadow and Bone and the sequel by Leigh Bardugo - the pages are decorated and the details are amazing ...

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    1. Ebook more expensive? Wow. Yes, I definitely would prefer the paperback too. Thanks for stopping by sista!

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  7. Too many choices for sure! However, I'm glad I can get books in so many different formats. I like having the paper copies for my shelves, and love my e-reader for travel and bedtime reading convenience. :)

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    1. Best of both worlds right, my friend? :)

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  8. You're right, Victoria. It's getting harder and harder to decide what to read next. I don't think I'll ever finish all of the books I have loaded onto my Kindle app. I came close once ... until I bought more, LOL. I have to say I rarely read print books anymore. It's sad. I might read between 3 and 5 a year, if that. I just got so used to having everything all in one place on my iPad.

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    1. I do both. Amazon has amazzzzing deals on paperbacks. Through private sellers you can get books for literally pennies. Just the cost of shipping!

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  9. These days, I mostly read e-books unless:

    A) I've already started the series with paperbacks.
    B) The e-book price is close to the paperback price.

    BTW, love the title on this post!

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    1. Haha! Thank you. The title seems fitting, tehe ;)

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  10. I mostly read on my Kindle nowadays, but I still do buy paperbacks from Halfprice Books. One upside to paperbacks is, I can leave them sitting around work or wherever without worrying much about thieves, water spillers, etc. Being able to read reviews online, find a book, and download it instantly is such a convenience, though. The only time I make the trip to Borders anymore is for gift shopping.

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    1. There are ups and downs to both. It's definitely nice to be able to leave the book lying around, haha.

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  11. I have a Kindle as well and I mostly read Netgalleys, Indie books and library ebooks. I rarely buy ebooks because I read YA and the price isn't that much different

    However, I do have a Nook Color (the tablet-y one) and I also want to get a Kobo, so I suppose the eReaders are taking over for me !

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    1. I have a nook too as well as a Kindle. Books all over the place, lol!

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  12. I'm paper-only because bookshelves. ^_^ While I might get an e-reader someday, I don't think that can possibly compare to seeing a big shelf filled with awesome stories.

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    1. I just imagine that scene from Beauty and the Beast! All those awesome shelves of good reads :D

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  13. I have a Nook filled with tons of books I haven't read, but can't seem to stop buying paper books. Though, I will admit I was against e-readers for a very long time, now I always have mine in my bag.

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    1. I was the same! I totally didn't like the concept of an eReader, so when I bought one it just sat around for almost a year, haha. When I read my first book on it I was hooked though.

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  14. Hi Victoria. I much prefer print books and buy a lot, some second hand, some new. But there are so many ebooks to come across on the blogs so they must be downloaded to support fellow bloggers. It will take me the rest of my life to get them all read. But if an author asks me to read for review I'll fast track for them. I'm a very fast reader, thankfully. D

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    1. I read fast too. About a book a week if I have the time. It would take me a lifetime to get through my Kindle TBR though, haha.

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  15. I love reading eBooks. So easy and convenient--and if I'm not sure of a word definition, I can look it up right then. But it's still gratifying flipping thru an actual paperback. Hardbacks are just too bulky tho. :)

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    1. Agreed! I love thumbing through the book. One of the best parts :)

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  16. I love both kinds of my books. There is just some authors that I will only buy a paperback to read. But my kindle has given me the chance to discover so many new wonderful authors like NAncy Duplechain and Skye Callahan that just reading paperback would never have allowed me to find.

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    1. Oh, I'll definitely have to check them out. Oh my, more books to read!

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  17. I much prefer paper books (which I mostly check out of the library because of space and finance issues) and basically only go for the e-option if there's no other choice. Having an e-copy feels temporary - the vender goes out of business or your device messes up and then where's your copy? Whether I own an e-copy or am just borrowing it from the library, it never really feels like mine because it's liable to disappear at some point in a way that paper books I've owned for over twenty-five years won't. So when I love a book I definitely need a hard copy.

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    1. I never thought about it that way. Having a physical copy is definitely more permanent. You're right about that!

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