Why I Choose Physical Books to Kindle

Reading is my drug and I love to buy books like they’re going out of style. Now I know what some of you are saying: why don’t you buy eBooks on Kindle or similar e-Readers as often?


How we read is always changing. Not too long ago e-Readers, smartphones, and even the Internet itself didn’t exist. I remember having dial-up when I was young and there wasn’t much to read like there is today. Every day there are 2 million new blog posts to read and tens of thousands of books published each month. I saw a tweet that said there’s so much stuff published every day that it could fill Time magazine for the next 700 years!

Surely I can’t read everything; who would want to!?

The Physical Book Always Wins

With so many books that I pick up and read, it’s clear that I read a whole lot more physical books than I do eBooks. I believe it’s because eBooks don’t engage you like a physical book does. When I go to a bookstore like Barnes and Noble, it’s so much more fun than when I shop a digital online store that sells just eBooks.

Now when I say “The Physical Book Always Wins” I don’t mean in sales or how many books are sold. It has nothing to do with that. What I mean is that buying physical books and reading them, they somewhat have a soul, if you know what I mean. All eBooks have the same look and feel when you read them on a tablet or e-Reader.

Physical books have souls, while the soul of an eBook is cold and lifeless. Click To Tweet

Another thing I want to get across is that some books are only sold on an eBook which forces you to buy it in that format. There’s nothing that you can do about it only being sold in eBook format. If it’s only available on eBook then you have to get it (if it’s a good book worth reading, of course).

eBooks Are Cheaper, But Come at a Higher Cost. 😉

I know what you’re saying “How can an eBook be cheaper, but be a higher cost? What the hell do you mean Scott?”

Let me explain. Yes, we all know that eBooks are cheaper in terms of price. If you find a great book you want to buy, you can get it for a few bucks less going with an eBook rather than the printed physical book. Indeed, it’s cheaper, but when you go the eBook route there’s hidden costs to reading an eBook.

For example, the cost of becoming distracted is a cost that eBooks have. A lot of eBooks that are bought are read on smartphones and e-Readers which have all sorts of things to take you away from the book you’re reading. You also have the cost of staring at a screen when you could stare at paper. Staring at a screen is never good for long periods of time.

Studies have shown that when you stare at a computer screen you blink less. When you blink less, your eyes become more strained and it’s not good for your eyes. Not to mention people read way too close when reading on a phone or tablet than compared to a printed book; they also blast the brightness when reading eBooks, and all kinds of other things that are not good when it comes to reading eBooks.

Printed Books Don’t Always Win

There is light at the end of the tunnel though. Obviously there are some pros to reading eBooks, one being that you can fit a crap load of books on your digital device.

One of the reasons I like to buy books online is that sometimes I buy a lot of books and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. If I was to go to my local bookstore like Barnes and Noble, I would need a few shopping carts to lug them around to the checkout. Carrying around physical books is … well … a pain in the ass. eBooks win the race when it comes to storage.

Another handy tool when it comes to eBooks is that you can increase the font and on some devices even change the font which is nice. From time to time, some of the books that I buy have really small or terrible looking fonts. With e-Readers it’s nice to have the ability to change some stuff around.

There are some other pros when it comes to eBooks, like being able to add notes; when compared to printed books where sometimes there’s no place to write notes. One of the most propounding reasons why eBooks are better than printed books is that you can search the book quickly by using your device’s search feature. Also, eBooks don’t consume trees, which is nice as well.


I think that it all comes down to personal preference when it comes to printed vs eBooks. For me, I always choose printed books (preferably a hardcover book).

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Share your thoughts with me on why you like printed books over eBooks or vice versa. What are your pros and cons? Would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment in the comments section below.

Scott “printed hardcovers are where it’s at” Hurtado