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.
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.
Several 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.
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.
Award 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.
Collette would love to hear from you!
Her latest release, The Earl’s Enticement, is available from Amazon.
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