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Musing Mondays–Why We Still Love “REAL BOOKS”

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for this week:

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that although I do own and use a kindle, my first love is still for “real” books. I found the following infographic on Pinterest the other day and thought it offered some interesting responses to the question “Why do some people still prefer physical books over ebooks?” You can click on the image to find the original source.

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I’m definitely in the FEELING, SHARING, SEEING, and COLLECTING camps, and most of the other choices aren’t too far behind. However, I have to admit that I’ve never really been a person who is addicted to the smell of books, so that response is the only one that doesn’t fit me at all.

How about you? If you’re a “real book” lover, which of the responses would you choose? If you’re heavily into ebooks, do any of the reasons listed above still resonate with you—even just a little bit? Please share!

 


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E is for EBOOKS–The April A to Z Challenge/Day 5

EWelcome to Day #5 of the April A to Z Challenge, where participants are challenged to create a post every day (except Sundays) corresponding to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If you’d like to learn more, hit the badge on my sidebar.

I’ll be posting about bookish topics each day of the challenge. Here’s today’s post:

 

 

kindle with booksI came really late to the eBook party. I resisted buying a kindle because I’ve always loved the sight of the books on my many bookshelves and the feel of a book in my hands. The sight of my books is comforting to me, and they truly help to make my house my home.

I finally bought a kindle because I liked the idea of being able to borrow library books (and, more importantly, return them on time!) without leaving the house, and I thought it might be handy to be able to buy a book immediately if I ever just had to start reading something RIGHT NOW.

So I’m now a kindle person, and I do read via my kindle pretty regularly–and I don’t hate it. I love being able to have many reading choices at my fingertips when I’m away from home. I borrow quite a few eBooks from the library, but I’ve bought a few every year, too.

But here’s the thing–if I purchase an eBook for my kindle and really enjoy it, I don’t even think twice about it–I buy that same book “for real.” It doesn’t even feel like it’s a choice–if I made a connection with the book, I don’t really feel as though I OWN it until the physical book is sitting on one of my bookshelves.

What about you–do you feel the need to possess the physical version of a book you enjoyed digitally? Or is the eBook version sufficient for you? Please share!


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Musing Mondays–What ARE They Reading???

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my Musing Mondays ramble for this week:

I love to see the books strangers are reading. When I go to the library, I enjoy noticing the books other folks are borrowing. At the bookstore, I like to see what other people are buying. But most of all, I like to catch strangers in the act of actually reading—and then trying to get a glimpse of the cover to find out what it is.

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If I see someone in my doctor’s waiting room with a book, I always try to get a look at the cover. Same thing at airports, while waiting for the oil in my car to be changed, at the park near my office . . . anywhere that I see someone reading a book. Best of all is when I see someone who is reading a book that I’ve read myself, or, better yet, reading a book that I own. Instant connection!

Plus–I’m the type of person who always has a story going on inside my head, and seeing a person with a book is just another story prompt for me. WHY did she pick that book? WHERE did he get it? Is it for a class? Is he reading it to impress a special someone? Is that book going to be a life-changer for her? I can go on and on . . . and sometimes I do.

But nowadays, there’s a catch.  A big one.  I can’t do this when the stranger is reading an eBook.

EBooks add such an air of anonymity to what you’re reading. No one knows what it is, unless someone is literally hanging over your shoulder to read the screen—and even I won’t resort to that. This definitely takes some of the fun out of my reader-watching activities. Finding readers “in the wild” with actual books is becoming more and more rare—and I miss it.

What about you? Do you notice what strangers are reading? Have you ever “caught” a stranger reading a familiar book? Please share! 

The wonderful photos above were taken by photographer Ourit Ben-Haim and can be found, along with many others, on her fabulous blog  http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/. She hasn’t posted in about five months now, and I miss her.

(Also–thank you to CleopatraLovesBooks for giving me the idea for this post! One line in one of her posts over the weekend stuck with me and prompted this rambling!)


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Musing Mondays–When the eBook version just isn’t enough . . .

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s this week’s Musing Mondays ramble–

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I came really late to the eBook party. I resisted buying a kindle because I’ve always loved the sight of the books on my many bookshelves and the feel of a book in my hands. The sight of my books is comforting to me, and they truly help to make my house my home.

I finally bought a kindle because I liked the idea of being able to borrow library books (and, more importantly, return them on time!) without leaving the house, and I thought it might be handy to be able to buy a book immediately if I ever just had to start reading something RIGHT NOW.

So I’m now a kindle person, and I do read via my kindle pretty regularly–and I don’t hate it. I love being able to have many reading choices at my fingertips when I’m away from home. I borrow quite a few eBooks from the library, but I’ve bought a lot, too.

But here’s the thing–if I purchase an eBook for  my kindle and really enjoy it, I don’t even think twice about it–I buy that same book “for real.” It doesn’t even feel like it’s a choice–if I made a connection with the book, I don’t really feel as though I OWN it until the physical book is sitting on one of my bookshelves.

What about you–do you feel the need to possess the physical version of a book you enjoyed digitally? Or is the eBook version sufficient for you? I’d love to hear your take on this one!