Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Books vs Kindles?

If you ask any book lover they'll have an opinion about books and e-readers, the Amazon Kindle being the most well known and used of the e-reader family. I have a Kindle, and I also have a lot of books (you wouldn't have guessed...) so I thought I'd tell you want I think of each format!

So when I was thinking about the getting a Kindle I was so picky about which one I wanted. I'm not a fan of the ones with a shiny phone like screen (getting technical ik ik) as my eyes get so tired when I'm looking at a bright screen, so I really wanted one that was matte. I know a lot of people also like to download the kindle app onto their phone so they can read from there, but I find that I don't concentrate on the book as much when reading from my phone, so I'm not a fan of this. In this post I'll be talking about the regular Kindle, but if you think reading from your phone would work for you, go for it!

The main reason I wanted to get a Kindle in the first place was for travel, and I think this is probably where the Kindle will win over books for most people. I'm a terrible emergency book packer when I go on holiday- I will literally use up half a suitcase with 'just in case' books for if I finish the books I plan to read, or feel like reading something else. My Kindle saved me from this! I like being able to have loads of books on one device, and having the ability to download more if I so desire. If you're someone who travels a lot, or is even limited in bookshelf space definitely consider getting a Kindle- you really can't argue with it's space saving ability.

The other thing that the Kindle wins on is price. There are a lot of classics that you can download for free, and even recent publications tend to be a little cheaper than their physical counterparts. It's something to consider if you want to start working your way through classics and don't want to spend a fortune or can't spend too much on books anyway, and hey, everyone likes something if it's free!

However, given the choice, I think I'd always choose to read something in book form. Nothing beats being able to see all my books together on a shelf, and I am SO WEAK when it comes to pretty covers. When I'm reading a physical book I also seem to become so much more absorbed in it. I'm not sure if it's something to do with the turning of pages or the paper itself, but I can lose myself for hours, whereas with a kindle I'm always a little detached. It's nothing too big, but I'm the most satisfied with the little things like this.

On the kindle, there's a little bar at the bottom which tells you what percentage of the book you've read, but I much prefer seeing the physical progression I make through a book. Again, nothing big or drastic, but the little things do add up!

I can't put my finger on it, but there is something magical about reading a physical book. As practical as a Kindle is, I don't think it can ever beat the real thing. If you are an avid reader however, I'd definitely consider getting a kindle- they really do make travelling with books so much easier and can save you money in the long run.

I don't think that much separates them in terms of which is better, but I think there is a place for both in the reading world. As Stepehn Fry so eloquently concludes-

"Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators"


  1. Such a lovely post! I feel exactly the same way about books! It's so nice to have something physical with a beautiful cover to later store on your bookshelf. I have considered the Kindle before as lots of my friends and family have one and it's definitely more practical - space-saving and kinder to trees! I'm just worried that, like you said, it wouldn't be as absorbing as reading an actual book!

    Milenka Millie


    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Kindles are definitely worth it if you read a lot!
      Eleanor xxx


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