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Why Kindle is superior to the Paperback

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Ooo, that’s right, I said it, I went there! Kindle > Paperbacks.

For many moons, or well, just the one moon, technically, but, it’s been a while; people have argued that paperbacks are, and will always be superior when compared to the sinful e-book. Okay, so I’ll admit, I hands down prefer having a physical form of book, the delight of a paperback in my hands, over my e-reader. There’s the weight, the feel of the pages, the sound when you turn them, that book smell and just… there’s a beauty to it, I’m sure you know what I mean. However, my Kindle is far superior – for some reasons, you may not have even considered.

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There are some obvious perks to an e-reader. They save space, they allow you to take an entire library while traveling while occupying only a sliver of the space, e-books are often cheaper, have 99p/introductory offers or some are even free. There are also some less obvious perks. After discussing this with numerous friends, they admitted they’d not really thought about them.

One word. Accessibility. Yeah, paperbacks are great. When was the last time you saw a large print version of a new release by your favourite author? That’s right. Large print books are often more expensive and have far less variety and availability compared to a standard print edition. An e-reader eliminates this worry because not only can a kindle books font size be increased, but the font can be changed to one of a variety that a visually impaired person may find easier to view and at no further cost to them.

Speaking of fonts; what about Dyslexia? Some dyslexic people find it very difficult to try and read a book. An e-reader helps in many ways. As well as being able to adjust the font size, margins and line spacing can be adjusted to change the format of a page which someone with dyslexia, cognitive dysfunction, a learning disability or other impairment may find incredibly beneficial. As well as this, I can’t speak for other e-readers, but the newer versions of Kindle have a font available called OpenDyslexic. This is a special font that adds weight to the bottom of lettering in an attempt to help ease some of the difficulties someone with dyslexia may experience while trying to read.

All these options make reading more accessible to those who may not ordinarily be able to read, or experience great difficulty in doing so. I adore reading, there is nothing like diving in to a book and immersing yourself in an entirely different world, but when your brain isn’t keeping up, it can be really difficult. Okay, so it’s not traditional and it doesn’t have the same charm as a paperback, but what’s the point in all that charm if you can’t enjoy it?

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So, reconsider an e-reader. Users of e-readers may love books just as much as you do, maybe even more so. If you love books that much, surely you want as many people as possible to enjoy the books you love. If an e-reader helps them do that, then surely that’s a wonderful thing?

What do you think? Do you use an e-reader? Physical books only? Have I changed how you perceive e-readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

8 thoughts on “Why Kindle is superior to the Paperback

  1. You’ve actually brought up some fab points especially the ones of dyslexia! I will always value a paperback and they can never be replaces over an ebook but for ease the kindle is a great one for on the go, cheaper reads and also I love being able to read without a light on!
    Sarah x
    http://www.saraheliza.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! It seems like a lot of people don’t think about that part because often, they don’t need to. I suffer cognitive dysfunction and my Kindle has let me read so much more than I’d have been able to otherwise 😀 x

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    1. Ha, yes! When I went on holiday, I took one paperback and my Kindle loaded up with my Kindle Unlimited allowance (you can have up to ten books at one time) and I hate to think how much space all those books would have occupied! x

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  2. It’s interesting reading another perspective on this. I am one of those people that much prefers books over e-readers, but they can definitely be beneficial for space. I’ve had to get rid of books in the past to make room for new ones.

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  3. I love this! While personally I prefer physical books, it’s so frustrating to hear people constantly act as if those who read on e-readers aren’t really reading. Not only is it the same book, but like you said, the accessibility of e-readers is SO important and it isn’t fair to say someone isn’t a real reader because they rely on the accessibility of a Kindle. Also, over my English degree I had to carry a lot of books on my 30-minute uphill walk to uni, and as someone with a lot of joint and back problems it could be quite painful. Switching to an e-readers for most of my university texts was MUCH easier for me to carry and saved me a LOT of pain on days when I could be forced to otherwise carry several heavy books.

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    1. That’s true! Not only the space books occupy but their weight as well. I used to get wayyyyy too many books from the library and then struggle to carry them due to their weight. I live paperbacks. How they feel in the hand, turning pages, the smell, the view of them on my shelf but holding them, turning pages and the typesetting used can all make the experience very difficult, especially on days when I’m less with it. I am so grateful for my Kindle and the plethora of books I’ve been able to read thanks to it! I’ve read 70+ books so far this year. Nearer 90 if I include ones I started and decided suck (I have Kindle unlimited so didn’t have to worry about trying to read through em) and I’d have read maybe only 5 or 6 if I didn’t have my kindle.

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