Musing About Things: Books vs eBooks


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: (physical) Books versus eBooks!

So this always the debate right? Which is better, reading the physical book or the ebook. For me, I love both, just for different reasons.

The eBook is convenient. 

Let I mentioned in my musing about: Romance Novels & Embarrassing Covers, the eReader/ebook is handy for hiding those slightly embarrassing and cheesy covers.  No more weird looks on the bus for me, ha!

Also, it’s convenient in both: that I can read it off my phone (yay for eReader apps), which I always carry around with me and also, I can carry around a lot of my books without physically having to carrying 10 tons of books. Definitely very useful for when I travel and have multiple ridiculously 10 hour layovers at the airport. [Fun fact; I read 12 books during my trip last year, thankfully didn’t have to carry around all 12~)

I also love the highlight ability. I hate physically marking up my books, so this is a great way for me to keep track of all my favourite quotes and moments (:

Oh and with the library, you can get ebooks right away* (*as long as someone else haven’t already taken it out)

The physical book is comforting.

And while all those perks are nice, in the end, I still adore the physical book. I love being able to see it on the my bookshelf, those gorgeous covers in life. Especially when ebooks sometimes are almost as expensive as the paper book.

There’s just something so perfect about getting to flip the page and actually touch it.



Also, without real books, how will I ever have a beautiful Beauty and Beast inspired library!?



And that lovely feeling of curling up on a rainy day, with some hot cocoa to enjoy the perfect you’ve been waiting to get your hands on.




So guys, what’s your thoughts on the physical book vs the ebook? All for both, or all for one? Just rarely eBooking it or is that your main source.

Since I’ve starting blogging, I read more ebooks since it’s a bit easier to eARCs. Also, since I can carry my books around more conveniently, I tend to read more. I still love and end up buying tons of paper books, though. Just because I love have copies on the ones I really love.

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20 Replies to “Musing About Things: Books vs eBooks”

  1. I love both. I remember when the Kindle first came out. My first thought was, I can carry around my own library. I loved the idea of it so much that I begged my husband to buy me one. He wouldn’t because he felt that ebooks were just a phase that would soon pass over. I ended up getting one for Christmas from my brother-in-law and I went crazy with the free ebooks. Well, look at how popular ebooks are now! My husband even fell in love with my kindle and how easy it was to pack it up in his lunch bag and bring it to work. I still love paper books though. I love the feel and the smell and staring at the pretty covers. I also like being able to loan it out to 10 plus friends, something that can’t be done with some ebooks.

    1. I’m glad your husband ended up loving the kindle too! It definitely makes things easier sometimes.
      Oh yes, I agree, I’m always trying to make people read books, so paper copies make’s a lot easier to loan. Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. Nothing can come close to the feeling and comfort of reading a physical book. I still alternate between physical and eBooks though, for the sheer convenience of eBooks. I love the highlighting feature and having such a big library of books at any one time with your Kindle. Great discussion!

    1. Me too, with the alternating. I love, love the highlighting, definitely best perk of ebooks! Which is why I think I like my Kindle better than my Kobo (yes…I have two ereaders for some reason lol) b/c its easier to highlight ha. Thanks for your take!

  3. I really like both too. eBooks are easily portable, but physical books – well there’s nothing like browsing a bookshop and picking out a random book to read.

    1. Very true! I love browsing for new books in a bookshop or library! eBook browsing isn’t quite the same 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love my e-books, especially for big heavy books. 🙂

    1. I agree! Sometimes I don’t even realize how big a book is until I see in stores/library and I think…wow, I can’t believe it’s that long haha. eBooks are good at hiding that kind of stuff. Thanks for your thoughts!

  5. I too love both. Hardcover are my favorites but I prefer eBook to paperback now more than ever..its my eyes. Sometimes the font is too small and while I look cute in my sexy librarian glasses (so claims my hubby) they aren’t comfortable for long hours of reading. I change the font on my ereader. I like being able to carry it everywhere and jump betweeen books. But I also love looking at my pretties on my some series I still get the hardcover but mostly eBooks and now audio!!

    1. I usually prefer hardcovers over paperbacks, & I think I like ebooks over paperback too. I love being able to change the font! & yes, carrying it around and jumping between book is a lovely bonus. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. starryeyedjen29 says: Reply

    I love both, too. Can’t help it. I want the physical copy for my shelf, and then I want the ebook to take with me whenever and wherever. And sometimes I even have an audiobook copy, too. I might have a problem, lol. Great post!

    1. I haven’t started getting audiobooks yet, but I think I’d like to start trying! But I totally agree, I love having a physical copy for the shelf and ebook to take around 😉

  7. I was just thinking about this earlier. My manager lent me a book, so I’ve actually been reading a physical book vs all my ebooks on my iPad. As I was reading, I came across a word I didn’t know. I know, I know. It’s easy enough to just type the word into Google and find out what it is. But the ereaders/ereading apps have spoiled me. I’m used to being able to just highlight a section and, bam, have an answer.

    1. Oh yes, the dictionary! I love it so much. I’ve learn so many new works haha. It’s unfortunate that with physical books, we have to find a physical dictionary haha. I love highlighting stuff. Sometimes I think I go a bit overboard haha.

      1. The dictionary function is magical. I’m not even sure where my physical dictionary is anymore. It’s been ages since I last saw it…

        I don’t mind highlighting in an eBook or a text book. But with this book, I’m getting my own copy so I can highlight everything. A physical book. Highlighting. I’m vaguely appalled with myself, but secretly excited. Lol.

  8. Hmmm that is a good point about how ebooks hide cheesy/inappropriate covers! I’ve been reading the third book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series, but it has two half-naked people on the cover and I’m like ughhh I can’t read this anywhere except in the privacy of my own bedroom, haha. So I’ve been really slacking on it since I can’t read it at work during my lunch break or while waiting for an appointment or something. But, personally, just in general, I prefer physical books. I don’t really know why…I guess I just feel like I connect with the book more when it’s in my hands. And I like having physical pages and the prettiness of physical copies. Physical will always win in my book (ha.), but I do like a lot of things about ebooks, too.

    1. They are super handy for that 😉 I love the prettiness of physical copies too! I’m glad there’s both ebook and books now! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I guess I’m old fashioned, but I can’t seem to read eBooks. I don’t even feel like trying. I have occasionally read books in PDF format, but having to scroll the pages and to sit in front of a screen pretty much ruin the experience of reading for me. Of course, I agree that eBooks are convenient…I might try them one day myself…but for now, I rest my case ;).

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