Stellar Guest Post by Karen Ingalls on the Pros and Cons of Our Modern E-Readers – which do you prefer?

This week I am privileged to be able to introduce you to author, blogger, reviewer and public speaker – Karen Ingalls.

Karen is a retired Registered Nurse, passionate about health and wellness issues. She is also an avid supporter of indie authors so I know you’ll all get along swimmingly.

Karen has written for us on a subject that divides readers – real book vs. e-readers. I know I have my preference, what’s yours?

Nicola x


The Pros and Cons of E-Readers

I am old-fashioned and do love paper or hard bound books; however, I cannot always resist the temptation to read the ebook versions on my i-pad or i-phone.

Here are some thoughts to consider when deciding in which format to read:

  1. The feel of a book is very special

Ebooks feel only varies from i-pad to i-phone.

  1. Some books can weigh a fair amount and be difficult for some people to hold.

Our electronic books are light and the weight is consistently the same no matter the book size!

  1. The artistry involved in the front and back covers are to be enjoyed and spark an interest in what is between the covers.

The front covers in ebooks are seen but their vibrancy and artistry are often overlooked. The back portion of the book jacket is frequently missing.

  1. Photos in the middle or end of the book add to an appreciation of the book’s message.

Such photos are not always shown in ebooks or the quality is very poor.

  1. For me the textures and smells of a hard-bound book add richness to the experience of reading a book.

Ebooks lack that kind of stimulation to the senses.

  1. Paperback and hardbound books are more expensive to purchase, but that is because of the higher costs to produce them.

One can purchase ebooks for quite a bit less money. Some are even free.

  1. A disadvantage to “real books” is the temptation to break the spine so the pages are easier to read. To a devoted and true book lover, it is almost a sin to break the spine.

With our electronic books there is no need nor ability to break the spine!

  1. Marking passages with a highlighter, slipping small bookmarks between pages, or turning down page corners have always been important actions on my part as a reader. I so often want to go back and re-read or use the information from a paragraph or page.

To highlight passages is possible in the ebook but it does not let me bookmark certain pages.

  1. The texture and quality of the paper is important in stimulating my senses. I love the feel of the linen-like paper which is quite more expensive than the traditional less costly paper commonly found in books.

There is no such enjoyment from the ebook.

  1. The choice of script, font, and style appear to be more available in paper-bound books. The more successful and well-known the author, the more creativity in the written letters. This is especially true for those authors “of old” which often was like art work.

Ebooks offer those same choices but are rarely used especially by our younger and newer authors.

I hope you have learned from and enjoyed my thoughts. The important conclusion is the tremendous value, beauty, and education from reading a book.




Author’s Bio:

karen ingells,author,ovarian cancerKaren Ingalls is the author of three books, blogger at two sites, active member of Rave Reviews Book Club, and writer of articles for various publications.

Her first book , an award winning non-fiction about cancer, is suitable for anyone who has or is facing any cancer (Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir).

Novy’s Son is her first novel based on the true story of her father, who had not received the unconditional love and respect from his father. Therefore he did not know how to pass them on to his children.

Her most recent novel is award-winning, Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, about the affair America’s premier sculptor had with his model.


Read Karen’s Books:

All proceeds from her books go to gynecologic/ovarian cancer research.


Connect with Karen:

Author Website

Karen’s Blogspot Blog 


Amazon Author Page 



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About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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21 Responses to Stellar Guest Post by Karen Ingalls on the Pros and Cons of Our Modern E-Readers – which do you prefer?

  1. This is really some interesting thing which i have read here. Some new points that i was not aware of it. Agree with your thoughts and appreciate to define it in an easy way. Thanks!


  2. karenringalls says:

    Nicola, thank you so much for inviting me and publishing my blog. I invite you and your followers to please feel welcome to my blog for authors and avid readers at I would love to have you and any of your followers as a guest.

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  3. Great post Nicola. Karen makes some good points. I use a Kindle for practicality and ease on my old eyes, but I have 9 bookshelves filled with hardcovers and paperbacks that I cherish more than any other material object in my home. Some of my Kindle titles ARE those hard books I have. I will never get rid of them, but I’ll probably never read them hard again.

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    • karenringalls says:

      Jessica, the hardest thing I had to do was find new homes for my hard-bound and paperback books when we downsized and moved into a smaller home. I kept five though that are such treasured friends, I could not let them go.
      Thank you for sharing.

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    • I thought I was the only one that did this! I have both copies of my favourite books on both Kindle and the bookshelf. I would never give away my cherished copy of Pride and Prejudice. She’s like an old friend.

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  4. In 2009 I was still struggling to adopt to using an eReader so I got the latest book of a favorite author and dove into the Kindle app. I now love the convenience of having something to read with me at all times and I don’t miss lugging a dead tree around.

    The ability to sync what I am reading between my phone, iPad and desktop computer means that I never have to search for where I stopped reading on the last device. Another added benefit is that our local libraries are getting digital licenses for many books and it is possible to “check out” a book and never leave the house.

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  5. Good post! Another advantage to ebooks is that you can change the font size. You can also share text from the book on social media and it creates a nice looking tweet or post. This makes it easy to promote a book- I review books and it’s fun to promote and share as I read

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    • Absolutely! I love the fact that I can highlight sections and make notes as I’m reading. This is especially handy if I’m proofreading a text for somebody or making notes for a review. I think this would have been an extremely handy feature in my college days too – as it was, I didn’t have the internet or google then so relied on my trusty notebooks!!


    • karenringalls says:

      Jena, you bring up a feature I have never thought of using. Thank you! Now I have another tool to make life easier.

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  6. Davy D says:

    Some interesting points and thoughts. As hard as I have tried to get on and work with ebooks it has to be a real book for me every time. A book develops a soul, a spirit, as you read it. Electronic gadgets will always be just electronic gadgets. I am off back into my cave to read a real book 🙂

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    • karenringalls says:

      I appreciate your description of how a book develops a soul. I so agree. However, convenience and ease has me using the ebook 99% of the time.

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    • I find I switch between the two as the mood takes me. I find it awfully tricky to read a hardback novel in the bath these days. I think my arms are just not used it anymore and the books get a bit damp 🙂

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