This evening I commented elsewhere that I find both Kindles and books have their charms. I was asked to “explain” (read, justify) this claim. So I did…
A Kindle is lightweight, easily held in one hand while snuggled down in bed for example, the page turn action is a flick of the thumb which is handy when you’re eating with the other hand, it can be carried on commutes and other journeys and combines as many books as you want in one package, lets you subscribe to newspapers too, and you can get cute covers for them to make them even nicer - I had a friend tailor make a padded fabric one so I can throw the Kindle in my bag with the same impunity I would a paperback, without needing to worry about creasing. You can prop them against your beer glass or some other handy item thus keeping your hands free if you like, and the pages don’t close on you. Oh, and books for it are cheaper than new cover price physical books.
Books feel nice when you’re sitting curled in a chair with a cup of tea, the action of turning a page is evocative and relaxing, they feel and smell nice, they have attractive covers to draw you in, they look good on your shelves, there’s a pleasure in getting a series of books by a favourite author and lining them up, old books are often beautiful objects and vintage paperbacks are affordable gems with personality and style, and you can read them in the bath.
Both provide the same quality of story telling, taking you to places you’ve never been or familiar landscapes you love, they introduce new people and new ideas, make you friends and sometimes enemies (who generally get their comeuppance!) they can take you out of the world, or show it to you in finer detail than you ever dreamed.
I like audio books too. Do I have to justify that one, or will you just take my word for it?