10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books…

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

1. You can read books in the bath.

You can read books in the bath.

Ever try to read your Kindle or Nook in the tub? Well don’t. It’s terrifying. If you drop that thing it’ll be gone forever. Not to mention it fogs up from the steam. Accidentally drop your book in your bubbles? Blow dry it after! Good as new. Nothing to fear here, literature lovers.

2. No need to turn off your book on a plane!

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

We all fear that moment when the pilot asks us to kindly turn off all of our devices, don’t we? Of course you would only need to turn off your e-reader for a few minutes, but what if that’s the most tantalizing part of the book? Books don’t need to be put away ever. Read on, book buddy!

3. You can read in the sun.

You can read in the sun.

Heading to the beach for the day? Taking a tropical vacation or floating in the pool? Your book can come with you! The majority of e-readers can’t be used in direct sunlight. The screen goes dark and suddenly your stranded with a book you can’t read. Regular old school books will never disappoint you like that.

4. They fill your shelves.

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

Hellllooo! Bookcases! I suppose you could fill your shelves with various e-readers (there are so many different kinds), but how pretty would that look? There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect space for your latest book purchase, am I right?

5. Antique books are amazing.

Antique books are amazing.

There will never be a first edition of an e-book. Simple as that. How amazing is it to find an original classic to add to your collection? The covers are always a little beaten up and that’s what makes them perfect. There’s nothing quite like holding a classic novel.

6. You can’t get an e-book signed.

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

Unless you plan on collecting signatures on your Kindle, you’re not going to any book signings with your e-reader anytime soon. Autographed books make thoughtful and personal gifts. Authors are flattered to sign hard copies of their publications, but they can’t physically sign an e-book…

7. Libraries and bookstores!

Libraries and bookstores!

If you’re a book nerd, you know the importance of libraries and bookstores. The smell of all that paper and knowledge in one room is almost too much to handle. These majestic places wouldn’t even exist without books!

8. Finishing a long book is more rewarding this way.

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

Of course finishing any book is rewarding, but closing the back cover of a thousand-page book (like Game of Thrones) feels SO much better than flicking your finger across a screen and discovering you’ve reached the end.

9. They inspire tattoos!

They inspire tattoos!

When was the last time you saw someone with a Nook tattooed on them? Exactly. You haven’t. Because books are cooler.

10. Books don’t die.

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

Pages may fall out and covers may get ripped, but books won’t just die on you. There is nothing more frustrating than getting to a juicy part of a story and having your e-reader’s battery die. Printed books won’t fail you.

It’s simple: Books are better.

10 Reasons Real Books Are Better Than E-books

So there, it’s decided. Books are better than e-readers all day every day. They’re prettier, easier to manage, and provide us with stories without having to be powered up. Long live the printed word!


With you all the way. For me, books are better. My wife bought me one of the first Kindles. I was excited to be the first on my block to instantly order a book, but bummed when I found that I was supporting Amazon and could only order from them. I sent it back.

Years later, my kids talked me into a Kindle. Bought it, spend hours and hours figuring out how to use it, read one book (there is one advantage to my e-reader, with its little sleeve that I bought, I can read and turn pages one handed and eat Mexican food with the other h hand. I’ve never been able to do that with a big, hard-cover book.)

All in all, books are way better. I’ll keep writing and publishing books, and yes, I will make them available in all the formats that people want, but for my own reading pleasure I’m sticking with books.

Just gave my wife a poetry book for her birthday. Would she have appreciated a new download instead? I don’t think so.

When you’re finished with a real book, you can give it to a friend, donate it to a charity thrift shop, or even sell it. Plus it helps people who work in book binderies to keep their jobs.

A tablet or e-reader just doesn’t give the same physical pleasure you get when you hold a book and thumb through the pages. Books will always rule in my little corner of the universe!

When the people finally rise up against the tyrannical powers that be, it just won’t be the same to see e-books piled up and burned to prevent the populace from learning inconvenient truths. All they will need to do is shut off your access.

Everyone seems to be persisting in the error of thinking that “they” are the problem when we who follow the psychopaths and obey their every command are actually the problem. Of course who wants to think that they are being that stupid.


Beautiful covers, some in real leather… end papers… being able to flip back and forth and see at a glance how far you are from the end… having page numbers… page design and typefaces… no eye fatigue from screen glare… the list is pretty doggone long.
Ereaders have a place, as do ebooks, but it’s limited. A physical book is already the technology that works best for reading. And a beautifully made book is a work of art…one that can last a few hundred years or more. How long will that ereader be around?