Discussion: Hard Copies vs Ebooks

Posted July 17, 2014 in Discussions / Leave a comment!

This is a pretty big topic, especially lately. The big hard copy vs ebooks debate. I want to know your guys’ feeling about them?

Which do you prefer? I personally prefer hard copies. I don’t use my ereader that much. I like the idea of having a bunch of books in one place, but I just can’t enjoy them as much. Plus I love having the actual copies on my shelves since they look pretty. It gets expensive though, buying all these books. Ebooks are way cheaper so you can buy more! But hard copies are nicer and that’s how books were meant to be read!

What do you guys think about ebooks being the future? Do you think physical books are going to become rarer? I don’t think ebooks are as big of an issue as people think. A lot of people think that eventually you won’t be able to buy physical books anymore just like how dvds and cds are going out of style. I think there’s always going to be a market for books. Not everything can possibly go digital right?

How do you guys feel? What do you prefer? Do you think ebooks will take over? Let me know!

Happy reading!


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24 responses to “Discussion: Hard Copies vs Ebooks

  1. With the way the future is heading then it is a distinct possibility that all reading will eventually become digital, it’s not our generation it’s the next.
    Of course I think it’s a shame, I will always choose to buy a hard copy as I feel a sense of pride having read a book and stored it on a shelf like a trophy. It also makes for great conversation if you have a guest round, they see your books as an insight to you.
    Unfortunately I personally have an expensive addiction to buying signed first editions… Long live books.

  2. I love ebooks. Firstly, I live 20 minutes from the nearest library and secondly, I think they have opened up a huge opportunity for new authors, who wouldn’t have been able to publish traditionally for whatever reason.

    Having said that, I love paperbacks, too. I have shelves for them, and it is so much easier to have hard copies of books during lectures!

    They both have their merits (: I do think that ebooks will eventually take over, though. Everything seems to be moving to digital at the moment!

  3. I think there will always be a market for books. I love the feel of a book in my hands. However, I find myself buying more and more ebooks. Part of it is the cost, I’ve got a limited budget for “fun” things and I can buy more ebooks. Another is the convenience. I have a minimum 30 minute drive to any type of store that sells books. I can sit on my couch, decide I’m in the mood to read, and have a new ebook within seconds. I think actual books will always be around, but for me, right now, ebooks are the easiest option.

    • It’s nice for people who don’t live in a city, that’s true. And I know my library offers ebook so it’s even more convenient. I just hope that doesn’t mean hard copies will be harder to get in the future.

  4. I prefer hard copies as it just feels right and also I can physically feel how far I am to the end of the book. I can;t really read much ebooks as I wear glasses and staring at a screen for too long is quite unhealthy, I consider myself lucky that I have a reason to avoid ebooks ahha. I believe hard copies will always have a market but they might get more expensive as more people start to prefer ebooks.

    • I feel the same way about ereaders! Why would I want to look at a screen when I work on a computer all day? It’s more relaxing for my eyes. I do have an ereader with no backlight but then I can’t read in the dark which defeats the purpose of having one kind of. And I also like looking at the book to see how far I am. It shows me how much progress I made. 12% done doesn’t really make me feel accomplished.

  5. I DEFINITELY prefer hard copies. I get thrilled seeing everything thing I’ve read. Yes, using an e-reader for books is cheaper, but it’s not the same as actually holding the book in your hand. I have succumbed to reading on my moms iPad, but ONLY for a novella that is only available as an ebook. I mean, when I brought my city of heavenly fire book to work (at an elementary school), the students were AMAZED at how big the book was. I told them the more you practice reading you’ll definitely be able to read a book this big. Just that causes me joy to read a physical book rather than an e-book (and because of the pretty covers/authors can sign them)

  6. I personally like hard copies better. Whenever I download a book on my iPod I always end up not reading it. Seeing the actual book in my hands just makes it easier to read. I don’t know if digital books are going to take over but I hope there will always be a library somewhere.

  7. I definitely prefer hard copies. They look so good on bookshelves and I like seeing my series’ all sitting together on a shelf. Also, book signings and ebooks don’t really mix and I love owning signed books. It would definitely be a shame if ebooks were to take over (although they are so useful for holidays!)

    • They’re nice for starting a series you might not like or something but I agree, not very signature friendly. I wish we had book signings where I live though!

  8. I have a Kindle, but I don’t use it that much. Primarily I use it to rent books from the library that they may not have hard copy of, to get ebooks on which there are good deals (like $3 or less), and to read manuscripts for the literary agency where I am interning. If I think I willl actually really love a book, I buy it. I think hard copies are easier to read and I like being able to see them on my shelves. That said, I’m moving soon, and can see the benefit of not having to move literally hundreds of physical books.

    I don’t think hard copies of books are going anywhere. The way people were predicting their demise, they should already be nonexistent, and they’re not. Anyway, though, there are simply too many people who prefer and still buy physical books. Also, it’s not all in our minds. Scientific research is suggesting that we retain things we read from physical books better than we do from digital books–which is a huge argument in favor of keeping paper textbooks. So, even if there is a huge shift to ebooks, I’m almost positive there would afterwards be a huge shift back to hard copies, if that research continues to be substantiated.

    Also, if there is a massive shift to ebooks, I doubt they’ll continue to be particularly cheaper than paper books. I interned for a publisher two years ago and they told me the cost of printing a book is very small (especially when you’re printing thousands of copies). When you pay for a book, you’re paying for the labor–the author’s, the editor’s, the jacket artist’s,. etc. You’re really not spending much on the paper and ink itself at all, which really destroys the argument that ebooks “should” be cheaper. (Anyway, someone still has to code the ebook,so you still have to pay that person!)

    • If you look up the stats for sales fire books and physical books it’s about 50/50 which I don’t think is a big deal. It’s probably going to stay that way for a long time. I think the only issue with authors making physical books is that they have to find somewhere to sell it. It could be harder than it looks. But I’ll always choose physical books. I only use my ereader for books authors send me to review, shipping is a little too much up here I think. That makes it nice for them but it makes me sad when some authors only release a book as an ebook. Something like a short novella or something. I want those next to my other hard copies!

      • Oh, good to know the stats! I knew generally that ebooks are doing very well, but I’ve always thought people are going a little overboard with the “they’re going to doom physical books!” speeches. πŸ˜‰ They’re different formats, and there are pros and cons to both.

        The e-book only novellas are very interesting! I think if Veronica Roth’s Four anthology does well, we might see more e-novellas re-released in hard copies, at least for very popular authors.

        Oh, yes, I’m very lucky to have gotten two internships in publishing. It’s a very hard industry to break into–and that includes even getting an internship in the first place. (I think I just got lucky when I was accepted to the first one!) I’ve been accepted to grad school, though, so my attempts to get a full-time job in publishing are being put on hold for a bit.

  9. I love both! I always swore that I would never read off an eReader until I started running out of space to store my books. A non-backlit kindle was given to me as a Christmas present and now it goes with me everywhere. It’s fantastic. I read two books on my iPad mini and promptly went back to my kindle. If there is a book or series that I love (e.g. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Discovery of Witches) then I have to have it in hard copy. A prerequisite for my next house will be much bigger bookshelves!

  10. Well I use both. I especially use my ereader when I go on travels. But I also take some hard copy books with me sometimes πŸ˜€
    I am not sure how the future will look like. It might be that many bookstores and libraries will close, but I don’t think that they will disappear on the whole and I don’t think that they will disappear forever. I think one can’t compare it with music and dvds, because those were technological from the beginning. But books are printed and can be enjoyed without electricity. Unlike cds for example. And since the hipster fashion, old things are considered to be in, so if there might be a fashion like that in the future again, books might not die πŸ™‚
    The good thing about ebooks is, I think, that many people who don’t like reading books, might be liking reading them on e-readers, because firstly, it has something to do with technology now, and secondly, they can’t physically see how thick the book is :’D
    But it’s just a guess ;D

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