A Book in the Hand is Worth . . . Five eBooks


The title of this post speaks to the cost of buying books, not the degree of reading enjoyment, though, I’m sure there are those who’d argue the latter as well.

I’m of an age (ahem)) that until a few short years ago, everything I read was a good old-fashioned print book.

Christiansborg Palace Library, Copenhagen
Christiansborg Palace Library, Copenhagen

I love books. I love libraries, and I love bookstores.

But I also appreciate the convenience of eReaders, in my case, my Kindle and IPad.

My historical novels have all released as eBooks first, and then released as print novels several months later.

Oh, I was thrilled beyond obnoxious when my book babies released into cyber space and were available to purchase for the cost of a white chocolate mocha; two shots, please.

I didn’t think anything could top that euphoria  . . .  until I held my print novel in my hand.


A book. A real book. My book.

AmazonKindleUser2Several of my family and friends held out for the print version, refusing to read an eBook copy, even when I offered it to them free of charge.
“I want a real book,” one teacher friend said.
“I want your autograph, so I’ll wait for the print version,” a doting auntie announced.


I explained there were digital autographs available, and she looked at me like I’d sprouted another head.

She declared, “I want to see you sign it.”

Okay, I can’t argue with that.


On the flip side, I know numerous people who are horrified at the notion of actually holding and entire four hundred page book in their hands. One young man waved his phone at me, his phone, mind you!

“I do all my reading on this,” he said proudly, a bit of an arrogant grin on his face.

Hmm, just wait until he need reading glasses. He’ll be reading one word at a time on that thing. Trust me, this I know. I had Lasik surgery in April, and while my distance vision is now 15/20, everything up close and personal is a bluuuurrrry.

I have to confess, that given a choice between print novels and digital ones, I prefer print. Now don’t get me wrong, I read lots of books on my Kindle, but there are some things I just prefer about a print book.

For instance, it’s much harder to go back and reread something in an eBook. I like real bookmarks, although I often turn down the corner of the page to mark it. I don’t like how difficult it is to go back to the beginning of digital book, and I don’t like the font on my Kindle either. Yes, I know you can change the size, but I still don’t like it.

Plus, the darn thing needs charging.
I don’t ever have to delay reading a print novel because the reader needs charging. I am 578px-Antique-books-woodwardthe reader, and I’m likely quite charged on coffee already.

Granted, I can buy five eBooks for the cost of one print novel, so I reserve my print book purchases for those that I absolutely do not want to read on my IPad or Kindle.

If you had to choose between only reading print novels or eBooks, what would you choose?

Let’s do something fun. Vote for your favorite reading medium.

Okay, now for the giveaway question: What color is Adaira’s dress on the cover of The Earl’s Enticement? You can find the answer here  and then enter above.

Collette CameronAward winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching.  A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette is married, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate.

You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, COLLETTE CAMERON pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them. Blessed with three spectacular children, fantastic fans, and a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she still lives in Oregon with her husband and five mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time. Admitting to a quirky sense of humor, Collette enjoys inspiring quotes, adores castles and anything cobalt blue, and is a self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic. You'll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.

23 Responses

  1. ki pha

    Oh I so totally agree with you Collette. Hands down prints will forever be my first choice. I do have a lot of books on my Kindle but I can never get to the quick enough because they’re just too many books in them. Plus I forget which book I have in it because I don’t see it.

    So prints are the way to go for me, and I read much faster in print than electronically.

    • Collette Cameron

      Ki, I read print much faster too. I was reading my Kindle yesterday while getting my hair done and the darn thing kept advancing several pages or chapters instead of just one page. That meant I had to go back and find my spot several times. Plus, print is easier on my eyes.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    Ah, nothing like the smell of books, flicking through them, revisiting the cover and the blurb, the rustle of paper as you flick back to check up on something overlooked. There at hand, filling your bookshelves, and cupboards and everywhere! I am fond of my kindle, but I forget what I have downloaded among the thousands of books on it! 🙂

  3. C. Miller

    I really have issues with reading on screens. I tried reading e-books, and I just can’t. The price difference really does make things difficult though.

  4. allybroadfield

    If I can only have one, it would be print books. The weight, the feel of it in my hand, the texture of the paper… I could go on and on.

    • Collette Cameron

      Ally, that exactly how I feel. I have a couple antique poetry books from the late 1800s and just running my fingers across the covers is a walk back in history.

  5. Glenda

    I would absolutely stick to print books if only price and storage were not a problem. I do enjoy being able to take so many books with me where ever I go — just so long as I have plenty of power for my various devices. 😉

  6. Sandra Owens

    I think I’ll be in the minority, but I prefer reading on my Kindle. I can change the font size, I can load it full of books and carry it everywhere with me, it’s easier to hold than a print book. If I read a keeper, then I’ll order the print to have on my bookshelf.

    • Collette Cameron

      Sandra, I can never get my darn Kindle to change to font size like I want but I am going to try the Kindle app on my Ipad. The screen is larger so hopefully, that will help.

  7. kathybryson

    The other part of the equation I’m finding with age is that some of my older paperbacks need replacing. E-books are cheap enough to allow me to do that!

  8. Barbara Monajem

    I prefer print because I like to be able to flip back and forth, particularly in mysteries when I think I may have missed a clue. However for travel, especially by air where space and weight are a consideration, I am very, very happy to have a Kindle.

  9. Beppie Harrison

    Took the poll because it’s there, and I’m interested to see I’m in the majority–I like print for all the reasons you gave in your blog. I am a confirmed re-reader, and going back to favorite bits is just plain hard in an ebook–particularly if there’s no table of contents to give you a hint where to start looking. But like you, I’m taking my Kindle to Nationals and whenever I travel. When I was in acute stage of recovery from spinal surgery, I bought books I have in print for my Kindle because to find the books was too complicated, and the books were heavy. I could just drop the Kindle on my covers when I got too sleepy. I love my Kindle. I just like print books better.

    • Collette Cameron

      I think most of us are becoming hybrid readers. We’ll use both mediums but may have a distinct preference for one or the other.

  10. Joanna Moreno

    Oh, absolutely! I don’t know a single true bookaholic that would trade a print book for a digital version. And based on the poll, most of us of are of that mind. I think the reasons we own digitals is because of simplicity and space. There is no way I’d have enough space in my home for all the books that patiently wait for me in my e-reader (not entirely true because there is always room for at least one more book 😉 ) and also, it’s easier to get out your phone/e-reader wherever you go as opposed to your 400+ pgs long book. Not to mention, in a good day, you may be able to get an entire collection of books for the price of what a single book of said collection may be in print. All that being said, there are books you just love so much you just have to hold them, and touch them, and have an actual autograph by that author you are dying to meet!! (the one that put a restriction order against you LOL) Yeah, if neither money or space was a problem, all my books would be in print 😉

  11. ELF

    I prefer print, it’s so hard for me to flip back to a particular passage that I am looking for. E-readers tend to fatigue my wrists more and frustrate me as they tend to slow me down when I am in a hurry.

  12. ereaderranks

    I’ll always prefer print books, but that being said, I love that I can “carry” thousands of books with me when I use an eReader. It’s great when I’m on the subway.