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?
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:
- The feel of a book is very special
Ebooks feel only varies from i-pad to i-phone.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
SO KEEP ON READING!
KEEP ON WRITING!
Karen 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.
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All proceeds from her books go to gynecologic/ovarian cancer research.
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