This is an interesting comparison as I feel paper/hardbacks are becoming supplementary and more aesthetic than the e-reader yet e-readers are also far more convenient.
With my Kindle I find myself reading one of my books and I may suddenly remember there was another book I wanted to check out. So, in two or three taps of my finger, I’m browsing titles and downloading samples. Another obvious advantage the e-reader has is its ability to hold a library’s worth of text and it weighs no more than a slightly chunky book. I also find myself grabbing my Kindle over a paperback at night when I switch off the lights and crawl into bed to get my late-night reading fix.Personally, I view my Kindle as a literary weapon. My ultimate tool. I write a great deal and my Kindle is a treasure chest full of gems that enrich my writing.
Paper/hardbacks will never, ever, ever lose their value. I mean that in a historical sense. Currently, there are numerous books we view as valuable pieces of the past written by some of the world’s greatest minds and that will always be the case for as long as the human species thrives. The book is a written record of thoughts and emotions conveyed on a sheet of paper so that another person may pick it up and feel, even for the briefest of moments, connected to another aspect of their being. Also, the feeling of cradling that spine and turning the pages, and even the scent of books old and new, instills a sense of comfort and thrills the reader.
There’s magic to be found wherever books exist.Whether it be within the confines of a rectangular screen or resting on delicate paper, prose and poetry will always be an escape. Books will forever love us unconditionally and I find that wonderfully gratifying.