Allan L Mann

Crime Fiction & Thriller Author

Paper or Plastic?

By on March 11, 2023

I have always preferred the feel of a physical book in my hand. I rarely read anything on an e-reader or my smartphone. In fact, the only time I do is when I’m on a plane and I just need to tune out my surroundings and escape from work for a couple of hours.

Does paper beat plastic?

There are several reasons why some people still prefer physical copies of books over eBooks:

  1. Tactile experience: Holding a physical book, turning its pages, and feeling its weight and texture can provide a tactile experience that some readers find enjoyable and satisfying. For some, the act of physically interacting with a book is an important part of the reading experience.
  2. Aesthetic appeal: Many people find physical books to be aesthetically pleasing. From the cover design to the font choice, physical books offer a unique and often beautiful visual experience that some readers prefer over the more uniform appearance of eBooks.
  3. Permanence: Physical books are tangible objects that can be displayed on bookshelves or passed down through generations, creating a sense of permanence and connection to the past that some readers value.
  4. Easier on the eyes: Some people find that reading on a screen for extended periods of time can cause eye strain or headaches. Physical books do not emit blue light or require a backlight, making them easier on the eyes for some readers.
  5. Personal preference: Ultimately, the decision to read physical books versus eBooks is a matter of personal preference. While eBooks offer benefits like convenience and portability, physical books offer a unique reading experience that some readers simply prefer.

What do you prefer? Are you old-school, like me, or have you fully embraced the e-reader experience?