Technology is catching up to every portion of our lives, including our reading habits. Now, instead of pulling a grungy paperback off the dusty bookshelf, we can download our favorite author's latest works and scan them on a Kindle or other eBook reader. Avid book lovers are against eBooks, for many reasons, and this blogger happens to be on their side. Here's the garage sale case against eBooks -- though of course, you'll have to decide for yourself which type of book you prefer to read.
Reading eBooks is a strain on your eyes. Sure, being able to create bigger text on any book without paying extra for the large print edition is great -- but staring at a screen for the length of time it takes to read a novel can really hurt your eyes. In the right lighting, reading a printed book won't hurt your eyes much, especially if you take regular breaks.
Here's another trouble with eBooks: you can't buy them used! Sure, it's possible to pirate them, but that's illegal. Bound books are handed down in families, traded around by friends, shipped across the country to strangers, and sold to fellow enthusiasts at garage sales. Bound books carry a history with them that eBooks can't really replicate -- there are no physical pages to carry the stains of coffee spilled at the twist in the plot!
Nothing can beat the homey feeling of the pages of a real book, nor is any electronic reading format as easily transported as a paperback bound book. Curling up by a fireside with a real book is an amazing experience, and your collection reveals how much you love each book when a guest peers at the spine and sees some worn away and others still crisp and new. Think of how great it is to hold a cardboard book in your hands as you read to a baby. eBooks just can't replace that!
And here's the kicker: eBooks generally cost the same as print editions of the same book. And you can't exactly buy eBooks on the cheap at a garage sale! So if you're a major bargain hunter, wait a few years to buy that book you've been wanting to read until you can find it at someone's garage sale, and save at least 90% on the cover price. You can't get a bargain like that online!
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