Let’s Talk Bookish: All about Ebooks

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today’s topic is: All About Ebooks.


Are ebooks the future of books? What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks? Are ebooks strictly better than physical books?

Ebooks are definitely not going anywhere and I think they’ll always be around in some form. However, I don’t think they can ever truly replace physical books.

The main advantage of ebooks is of course, the sheer convenience of it, being able to read on multiple devices, anywhere and at any time without the fuss of carrying around a heavy book. Ebooks are also more interactive and accessible, with features like enlarging the font size, highlighting and taking notes. They are also often cheaper than physical books.

On the downside, an ebook can never match the feel of reading a physical book and the reading experience can never quite live up to it. Ebooks also add to the number of hours you spend in a day looking at a screen which can be very stressful on the eyes.

Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books? Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet? Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other?

In my experience, most avid readers I know definitely prefer physical books even if they read more ebooks, but I don’t think it can be generalized. Ebooks have many advantages and in this digital era, I’m sure there are many avid readers who prefer this medium too.

I mostly read on my Kindle, but when it’s out of charge or I don’t feel like carrying it around, I use the app on my phone. I do miss the days when I used to read only paper books, but ebooks are just so practical that they now make up over 70% of the books I read each year. Besides, I always buy physical copies of the books I enjoyed most, so I end up having both formats most of the time.


What are your thoughts on ebooks vs physical books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: All about Ebooks

  1. Athousandbitsofpaper August 5, 2022 / 12:20 am

    I mostly read on my kindle these days. I like the light weight library and the portability and privacy. Books are beautiful but I read so many that clutter is a problem.

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  2. radiosarahc August 6, 2022 / 4:48 am

    I am an ebook convert – I was bought a kindle years ago for a birthday, I never thought I’d take to it but it’s easy for travel, easy for my commute (I work away from home most of the week) and it’s made read a wider variety of books.
    I’ll always love a physical book (the smell) but I tend to stick to my Kindle for convenience

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) August 7, 2022 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I switched to ebooks for convenience sake too but when possible, I try to get the physical book, even if only from the library.

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  3. Jodie | That Happy Reader August 6, 2022 / 9:28 am

    I do prefer the feel of a real book too Raji but mainly read ebooks. If I do get one though, I feel compelled to share it after I’ve read it as I rarely re-read a book and I think of the environmental impact of real books.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) August 7, 2022 / 9:40 pm

      That’s a great point! I agree, paper books do have such a bad effect on the environment in terms of the amount of resources it takes, which certainly is a great reason to stick to ebooks when you’re not intending to reread a book. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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