There is nothing nothing nothing NOTHING in this world that beats buying physical books. The smell, the uncracked spine, and my personal favorite, watching your bookshelf fill up. (Because bookshelf porn is TRULY a thing.) But more recently, I’ve found myself buying less and less physical books, and more and more digital ones.
I have one of the earliest models of the Kindle; upgrading was never something I considered, because early on all it did was collect dust. The satisfaction of getting a new read at the click of a button was far less euphoric than going to the book store and getting my hands on it. Needless to say, this past year or so, much to my deep seated moral resistance, I’ve become increasingly dependent on my Kindle for nearly every book I read. It’s just so easy. I can figuratively go to the book store without ever leaving my bed or even putting on pants. I can carry my entire bookshelf with me–although it’s obviously less NSFW. The most important aspect to me, though, is how significantly cheaper Kindle books are from physical books. This makes sense of course, seeing as the reduction in the publishing process length is significant–printers and distributees are cut out entirely. As a BCK (Broke College Kid, cause ya know) I can’t justify paying twice as much to read something just to feel the pages in my hands, or metaphorically get off on how sexy my bookshelf looks.
Seeing as I’m so intrigued by the publishing process, and it is my intended future career path, I want to know: is the ease and price worth it? Do you purchase more digital or physical books? The deterioration of the spirit of literature aside (because in my heart I know ebooks are the bane of traditional lit’s existence), you can’t deny the perks. It’s simply where we place our care that will will determine the future.