Digital or Actual?

This weekend was fantastic. I did TONS of book-looking, which I haven't been able to do in a long time, just spend an hour or so at Barnes and Noble. It was so fun, and incredibly relaxing, just browsing books, picking up a few, putting others back, touching the spines, feeling the smooth pages, just getting the overall feel of being in a cozy bookstore. LOVE.

Then on Sunday I apparently hadn't gotten my fill of books because I whipped out my Nookcolor (which as of late has become a really expensive toy for my four year old to use the apps and the awesome picture books), but I forgot how much fun it was to read something on my Nook! It's so nice to just have whatever I wanted to look at literally at the touch of my fingertips. No leaving my house, no dealing with crowds (which is essentially why I ended up not buying anything at B & N, I didn't want to wait in line and I ran out of time because I spent so long browsing!!). I can download a sample of anything and read several pages to get a taste and see if it's something I want to buy. Customer reviews (as well as editorial) are right there, I can just tap and find what others had to say about a particular book. It was so fun, and I'm drooling over several new titles!

I love the feel of a book. The smell of a book, the tangibility of a book (not sure if "tangibility" is a word or not, but go with it). But it's also nice to pay less and have the same thing almost instantly. So what about you? Do you have digital readers? How do you like them? Do you prefer having the real thing in your hands?


Kelley Lynn said...

I promised myself that if I a singing competition back in August I'd buy myself a Nook.

Total shocker when I actually won. So I bought the Nook Reader (The simplest one). I love it because I travel a lot and I never have to worry about running out of books.

However, I still request books (the real thing) as gifts and occasionally I'll buy real books if I think I'm going to want to read them again.

So I guess the answer is, I do both :) And I think I always will.

Morgan said...

I'm pretty much like you! I do enjoy an actual book more... there's something more magical about it... but I've totally bought ebooks and enjoyed them as well. The price is nice along with how easy it is! <----danger though! LOL.

(I still have blog envy, btw... Love it!)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I really prefer ebooks to actual books but I think it's all a matter of taste.

Jaime Morrow said...

I have a Kobo and bought it because I was going on a trip and thought it would be way more convenient than hauling a stack of books along (it was). I too prefer real books, but I cannot deny the convenience of having a book here right now without having to go to the store and battle the crowds. So for now I'm Team Real Books and Team E-Reader =)

Leigh Covington said...

I love books, but I don't have an e-reader YET! I can see the benefit of having one though. It definitely has some perks!

BTW- who did your blog design and header? It's so cute!

Cortney Pearson said...

@Kelley, what a great prize to yourself!!

@Morgan, definitely dangerous being able to just tap a screen and get a book! (Cost bites, doesn't it?)

@Michael, definitely a matter of taste!

@Jaime, I've never heard of a Kobo, I'll have to check it out. I'm on both teams too!!

@Leigh, The frustrating thing for me with e-readers is that you have to spend oodles of money just to get one, and all those free books they promise you when you finally succumb aren't really what you want to read...for me, anyway, so then you have to spend MORE money on the books to read on your e-reader. Though I do still love mine. :) And Janice Foy did my blog design. I won a blog makeover in a bloghop, so it was awesome!! Janice's little button is at the bottom of my screen, or here is her site: (In case you want to check out her stuff.) She did such an amazing job, I love it! So thanks for the compliment!! :)

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

I prefer the real thing!!!!! But I do want to own an ereader some time in my life :)

Tara Tyler said...

i like the real thing better, but i know we are a dying breed. i've read a few on my ipad, and it's fine... what i dont like is that now the ebooks are skyrocketing in price! good for us soon to be published, i guess! so there too, give me a paperback =)

Angela Cothran said...

I still can't get behind the whole e-book thing. It feels so techy.

Kristy Shen said...

Hi Cortney!

I love love love your blog. It is so pretty :) I'm so happy for you that you won the blog makeover from the Warm Fuzzies blogfest.

Anyhoo, in terms of e-book readers, I do love being able to have 1000 books in one tiny device but I do almost miss the feel and smell of a real books.

Thanks so much for reading my post and following my blog. You can count me in as a follower to :)

Cortney Pearson said...

@Ms. Saba and @Tara, I know, I do prefer the real thing, though the ebook is sometimes nice.

@Angela, it definitely feels techy to me too!!! :-p

@Kristy, thanks for stopping by and following!

Janice said...

I'm an ebook chick all the way. I love the instant satisfaction of having the book on my reader within five seconds of clicking a button.

When we moved from Ireland to Atlanta, I had to giveaway most of my books and it broke my heart. I swore never again :'(

Unknown said...

I was so against the Nook at first because I loved going to the bookstore but now I'm a Nook owner and LOVE it! I still go to Barnes and Noble to browse and touch and even buy sometimes but also enjoy just clicking "buy" and instantly having whatever book I want. Great post! :)

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