Earlier this week I saw something on Facebook that really annoyed me. A BookBub ad had appeared on my timeline (BookBub is a site which you can sign up to, and receive daily emails with offers on Kindle/Apple books), and I saw some of the things people were commenting, and, if I’m honest, I got really angry.
I understand not liking Kindles, or any other electronic device you can read books on. I get it; you prefer paperbacks, or simply don’t like Kindles. That is absolutely fine!
Personally, I prefer paperbacks. But I have a Kindle, and I cherish it. I read faster on it as well, but if I had to choose between the two, I do like actually holding a physical book when reading. Kindles are really handy though, especially when I’m going on holiday and don’t have the room to take the books I want.
What I think is so wrong when it comes to the age old Kindle vs. paperback debate is when people start questioning someone else’s love for books and reading because they enjoy reading on Kindles. How dare you ever question how much someone loves reading simply by what they read on! For goodness sake, I run a book blog and I love my Kindle – does that mean I’m not a ‘real book lover’?
The fact is this: a book is a book, whether it’s in paperback form or Kindle form. The words don’t change, what the author is trying to communicate to us doesn’t change, the story doesn’t change. As I’ve already said, I have no problem with people not liking Kindles! I think it’s important to express your feelings, no matter what they be, and whether they differ from others opinions or not.
However, I do have a problem with people saying that if you like Kindles, you are not a real book lover. It’s actually more likely that people who read on Kindles probably have a stronger love for books than people who read physical versions, because they’re not tempted by pretty covers, or how it’ll look in photos – no, they’re reading them because of the story they tell.
I just need to clarify what I’m saying: have your own opinions on the different forms of books out there in the world, but please don’t be rude to others when you do. There’s a difference in how a paperback feels to read, and how a Kindle does. But the words? They’re exactly the same.
What are your thoughts on Kindles and paperbacks?