Print, digital, or both? A very short survey…

Just four questions:

Do you like to read print books at all?

Do you prefer print books over digital?

If you prefer print books over digital, what are some of the reasons for that preference?

If you prefer digital over print, what are some of the reasons for that preference?

I’m trying to help someone else figure out what sort of gifts are good for people who read a lot, and the idea was tossed around that it may depend in part on whether the reader likes print books or ebooks best. (A fancy monogrammed bookmark is useless for someone who prefers ebooks, but a nice cover/case for their Kindle…) If you could answer these four questions in a comment, it would be much appreciated.

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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12 Responses to Print, digital, or both? A very short survey…

  1. I prefer print books over digital. I’ve tired digital, and it has its advantageous in weight and the ability to change font size, bookmarking, and highlighting, but the digital format hurts my eyes more. So I tough it out with the heavier printed books. Of course, I’m also a little romantic or old-fashioned, and like the feel and heft of printed books. As an aside, the majority of my friends, all sixty plus years old, prefer print books. Of seventeen friends polled, only one prefers digital, and it’s because he’s been traveling, and the digital format has a huge advantage there.

    Good luck. Cheers

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  2. Kaylena says:

    1.) I like to read print books!
    2.) I want to say I prefer print over digital. I think I do! But since I have my phone (and Kindle app) with me more than whatever print book I’m in at the moment, I find I’m reading digital more often than print lately.
    3.) It’s easier on the eyes to read print, IMO; I like not being distracted while reading, and it somehow seems more substantial to be reading a physical book instead of a digital one. (Also I think we all feel like we look a little smarter reading a book instead of scrolling on an iPad).

    As an aside, a fancy monogrammed bookmark sounds like a fantastic gift!

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    • Although she doesn’t make monogrammed bookmarks, as such, my sister-in-law does make fancy bookmarks. (I “borrowed” a photo of two she made recently: I think I shared a photo once of the one she made for my brother when he first found out that he’d been accepted into the grad program for archeology at Eastern New Mexico University: it’s green and grey and has a Celtic hounds design, because the university’s colors are green and grey, and their mascot is the greyhound.

      IMO, if one of the big reasons people prefer print books is because a physical book feels better somehow, it just makes sense to use a bookmark that also appeals to the senses.

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  3. I like to read print books and I prefer print books to digital because I find it hard to read on a screen. I prefer to see the words on paper, it helps me to read better.

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  4. alicegristle says:

    Prefer print. The reason why is probably just habit. (Or my hidden Luddite streak!)

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  5. Yes, I read print books, and I prefer print over digital. I like being able to hold a book in my hands. Being able to turn the pages, study the cover art, or flip back and forth between sections with ease helps me feel a stronger connection to the story and the author. I still feel connected to a good digital story, but it’s more tangible with a printed book.

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  6. Do you like to read print books at all? Yes.
    Do you prefer print books over digital? Yes.
    If you prefer print books over digital, what are some of the reasons for that preference? My reasons are legion, but here are a few of them:
    1. I have a vision disability that makes reading from a screen a real pain, so it’s impossible for me to find pleasure in reading fiction that way..
    2. It’s easier and faster to flip pages back and forth to find stuff in a print book than it is to click or swipe virtual pages in a digital book, or to enter and use digital bookmarks.
    3. When reading non-fiction, I do as Adler and Van Doren advocate in How to Read a Book, carrying on a conversation with the author by means of marginalia; writing with a pencil is faster and easier than is annotating with multiple clicks and keystrokes.
    4. I like to read in bed, to help put myself to sleep, and some research suggests that screen exposure messes up sleep-promoting hormones and neurotransmitters.
    5. I don’t own a digital reader, anyway. Never have, never will.

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  7. Sheron says:

    I like print books, but they cost so much… So I go to the library a lot.
    Unfortunately, then you have to deal with time restrictions or renewals. You have to drive to the library. Sometimes through the rain. (It rains a lot here in the winter.)

    So, I do read ebooks for the convenience, but often don’t read them in a timely manner. There’s no time pressure.

    A lot of people must be reading ebooks since I will a huge amount of ebooks compared to my print sales.

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  8. Mei-Mei says:

    1) I love print books and you will have to pry them from my cold, dead hands.
    2) I prefer to read print books, for the reading experience.
    3)However, most of my reading is currently digital for the convenience. I don’t need a nightlight to read in bed. There are no pages for my kid to rip. I can carry multiple books at once. I can checkout library books from the comfort of my own home.
    So, in short I’m a fan of both print and digital. I personally would love gifts related to either.

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  9. Terra Vance says:

    I am more into print for a first read of something profound, but I admit that the ability to use the search function and to review the highlighted portions in a list with digital media makes following themes and tracking symbols and motifs much more simple. I have a near-eidetic memory for text, so I am good at tracking symbols. Sometimes, something doesn’t sink in until hours after I’ve put a book down, and having the book on my phone means that I am able to immediately find my place in a book before my cognitive train jumps track. I am not good with physical organization, so my memory is my accommodation. My phone has been like an external drive for my hippocampus, lol.

    Thank you for liking my monomaniacal post. As I wrote it, I thought of you often and wondered what you’d think about my crazy train. 😛

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  10. Do you like to read print books at all? – Seldom. Usually if I take them someplace I wouldn’t take my iPad like the beach or to the pool.

    Do you prefer print books over digital? – No.

    If you prefer print books over digital, what are some of the reasons for that preference? N/A

    If you prefer digital over print, what are some of the reasons for that preference? – I prefer them because no one can see the covers of the books I am reading (I read a lot of romance). They take up A LOT less room in my home. They stay open when I am on the treadmill or elliptical, and I can increase the font size while working out. They are backlit so I can read in a darkened room, like if I am sitting with the kids while they are going to sleep or while they are watching Frozen for the millionith time. They tend to cost less, and I can get a lot of books that are only available digitally.

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