E-book Versus Print Book

Will the Kindle Fire replace the culture of books?

As you know, I am in love with my Kindle Fire and e-books.  I have totally embraced the e-book but that doesn't mean that I've stopped reading print books.  Why do some people think you have to choose between the two?  Folks, they're both the same thing - except one relies on electricity and the other doesn't.  But they both serve the printed word.

Like a vegan at a barbeque

A few year ago my daughter had a boyfriend who was quite an intelligent young man.  He was a student at a top university.  He made it clear to me that he did not care for my website.  He was like a vegan at a barbeque when it came to discussing e-books versus print books.  I didn't mind his opinion about my website; but, the thing that worried me the most about his attitude was that as an English major, one would think that eventually, he would have to embrace the e-book.

Becoming overzealous

Sometimes when we are so in love with someone or in my case, something, we can become overzealous.  If I could, I'd give everyone I know a Kindle Fire loaded with all my favorite books.  As it is, I place Kindle Fire advertisements all over this website because I'd love everyone to have their own Kindle.  Why am I so excited about the Kindle?

5 nifty reasons

I can give you 100 reasons but since neither you or I have the time to go through 100 reasons, I'll just give you 5.

  1. The nifty way you can tap on a word you don't know and automatically go to the built-in dictionary.
  2. The nifty way you can tap on a word and go out to the internet or Wikipedia to learn more about the word or concept.
  3. The nifty way you can enlarge the text so that your middle-aged eyes can easily read the text.
  4. The nifty way you can set the color of the background page and the text for easier reading.
  5. The nifty way you can change the typeface and spacing of the text for easier reading.

I will never stop buying print books and I certainly won't get rid of the books I already own.  However, I will admit that I don't go out of my way to buy print books anymore.  Gone are the days that I make it a point to stop at garage sales or thrift stores to stock up on books.  Instead, I take advantage of Amazon's daily deals on e-books and I subscribe to Kindle unlimited and borrow/download as many books as I want (ten books at a time is the limit).

Did he convert?

For me, it's all about reading and not the format of the book.  Be it electric or print, I'm in love with the words.  I wonder where my daughter's friend is now.  Did he ever convert? 

What is your opinion?  Do you think print books will eventually become obsolete?  Do you think every time we read an e-book, somewhere a print book dies? Or, are you like me and enjoy both print and e-books together?

What do you think?

I'd love to know what you think

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