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  • Why I Prefer Paper Books to Ebooks

    Posted on August 31st, 2015 admin No comments

    I’ve got a smart phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.   Samsung kindly gives me one free ebook a month for six or 12 months, I forget.   I dutifully download a book each month.  I've even read a few of them.  I've checked the price of ebooks and they're not unreasonable.   But I still prefer paper.  Here's why.

    1. A paper book never runs out of battery right at an interesting part
    2. I can trade paper books at most campgrounds for free.
    3. I can pick up discarded books from my local library for free.
    4. I can buy used paper books at garage sales and thrift shops for cheap
    5. If I don't like a paper book, I can throw it against the wall in disgust.
    6. If I really don't like a paper book, I can burn it in the wood stove or use it for tinder in the fire pit.
    7. When I'm finished a paper book, I can give it to someone else or sell it in a garage sale
    8. I can use a paper book to swat annoying insects.   I wouldn't want to do that with my phone!
    9. I can leave a paper book on the dash or back window of my car and it won't melt

    Probably someone has already published such a list, with more reasons or more humorously written, but these are mine.

    On the opposite side, though, it takes a lot of room for a bunch of paper books; I have eight on my phone and it hasn't got a millimeter larger or a milligram heavier!  Also, with a paper book I am stuck with the font and size chosen by the publisher.  With an ebook, I can change the type size and screen brightness. As my eyes age and teeny print become harder to see, that is increasingly important.

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