ebooks VS Hardcopy

So I was having a chat with some of my book lovin’ friends and the debate of ebook vs hardcopy came up. Now, I own a Kindle, and I have the Kindle app on my phone, and I love the fact that I can read my favourite books just about anywhere with these devices (I’ve even been known to read while cycling at the gym – yes, I know…naughty!).

However…I must add a disclaimer – it is probably not a good idea to read on these devices in the pool or in the bath – BAD IDEA! (Just sayin’). I save pool or bath reading for my hardcopy books – of which I have many…okay, more than many…okay, my hubby reckons I have a book collecting problem…he’s probably right…okay, he’s definitely right!

Often times I will find ebooks, read them through in one sitting, love them so much, then go out and search for the hardcopy version…just so I have it…and can read it again, and again, and again, and…..you get the picture. I especially love to collect book series – The Twilight series being the first YA paranormal series that started my growing collection. I also tend to ‘collect’ authors that I love.

Plus, all my books look so pretty lined up on the shelves (read: jammed in any which way to make as many fit on each shelf as possible, piled up on the floor next to the full bookshelves, and scattered all around the house in various locations).

So, all in all, I have come to the conclusion that, for me, I love them both.

Ebooks make attaining books very easy, and you can then read anywhere without the weight of a hardcopy, and hardcopy’s look pretty, feel amazing in your hands and make for good water based reading.

But now, dear friends, it is time to have your say…ebook or hardcopy? Or both? Let us know!


Suse Hocking is a mad keen reader and wannabe author. You can find her at her blog, The Scribbling Post, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. I’m with you on this, Suse. I love both as well and usually have two books on the go at a time: one on my iPad, and a paperback. I love that I can take my iPad anywhere and have a library of books at my fingertips. But I also love looking at all the pretty books on my shelves!



  2. I still haven’t managed to get a Kindle or one of the others. At the moment I’m fine with my paperbacks and the library, but I can see the appeal. A library in your hands! There are definitely good aspects to both.



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