E-ink or Paper?

This discussion comes up more often now that I have books for sale in both formats. For me, it’s not an either/or dilemma. I love my paper books. I love the way they smell, the heft of them, the feel of paper. I love beautiful cover art and the way books look on a bookshelf, ready to pluck off like ripe fruit and enjoy.

I also love my e-reader, but for different reasons. I love that my e-reader is light-weight for when I’m travelling. I love that if I wake in the night, I can open my e-reader and neither its light nor the rustling of paper will wake the Cave Master. I love that if I fall asleep reading, it won’t break my nose. I love that I can touch a word and instantly get a definition. It’s lazy, I know, but you can’t deny the convenience, and with an e-reader, you never need to worry that someone is judging you by your reading choices.

There are pros and cons to both formats. You can underline passages in your paper book, but if you’re anything like me, you’d never put a mark in your beloved book, let alone dog-ear a page. E-readers make it easy to bookmark and find passages.

Stack-of-books-on-floorAs an author, I can sign a paper copy of my book, and I get a thrill each time someone asks. That’s not something I do with my ebooks, though I know the technology is out there.

The author in me also likes that readers who don’t know my work might take a chance on me and buy the less-expensive ebook format. That’s not a bad thing—I do it myself all the time. And, if you aren’t familiar with the publishing business, you might be surprised to learn that I earn more on a $5.99 ebook sale than I do on a $24.99 trade paperback.

But regardless of its conveniences, E-ink will never replace paper books, at least in my world. In fact, I just purchased a brand new hardcover of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, a book I’ve already read twice in paperback. I don’t even have the bookshelf space for it, but when I love a book, I want to hold it, smell it, caress its cover and feel the paper beneath my fingers.

If you’d like to add to your ebook collection, you can download a copy of The Gift: Awakening with one simple click here. Amazon has it on for just $4.17! Buckle up…your adventure awaits.
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About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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10 Responses to E-ink or Paper?

  1. Sue Cox says:

    Just wondering if you piled those books up on purpose for the picture, or if that pile of books is part of the every day décor??? lol

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  2. Diana Stevan says:

    I love my paper books, too. But as Stephen King says, the book is here to stay, the difference today is we have all these choices. Even audible books. 🙂

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  3. sjoycarlson says:

    I prefer real. I love the smell of real books! Living in singapore for a few years though, I don’t want to have to ship a bunch of books home so e-books it is. Interesting to know the comparable profits though!

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    • JP McLean says:

      Yes, shipping books can get very expensive. I imagine it’s prohibitive from Singapore. You’ll have to save your paper purchases until you return home. Thanks for your thoughts.

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