Tuesday Talk: The BIG question.

Happy Tuesday!

Once a month, I link up with Ashley and Erika who host Tuesday Talk.

For this link up, you are supposed to chat about anything and everything.

In January, we chatted about whether or not I should keep my home phone.  (You overwhelmingly told me TO keep it!)

In February, we chatted about preparing for sitters at your house.

In April, we chatted about a book I read called Unstuffed.

In May, we chatted about what TV shows are good for kiddos.

In July, we chatted about bows and clothes for little girls.

And today, we’re chatting about something very controversial.

I try to keep things civil on here…but I am having a really hard time reconciling this in my head, so I’m going to open it up for discussion.

Ready?

Here we go…

I’m considering buying a Kindle or some other form of e-reader, but I don’t know if that’s a horrible idea or a really good idea and I need you to help me decide.

(I’m bracing myself for some very passionate responses. 🙂 )

Ha!  The thing is that every single month when I do a book review I have people tell me to stop buying books and get a Kindle already…but I love books.  I love going into bookstores, I love holding a book, I love the way they feel in my hand and even the way they smell.  But I also know that it’s silly to spend so much money and use up so much space on books when I could use a Kindle instead.  So, convince me, please!  What should I do?  And if I get an e-reader, which one?????  What do you do?  What should I do?  I’m so torn!!!!!  I have some girlfriends who think it’s insane that I don’t have one and others who think it’s insane that I’m considering one.

Help.

Love you ladies. xo

  Happy Talk Tuesday!

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  • Andrea August 15, 2017 at 4:42 am

    I also am a book lover and a few years ago was gifted a kindle and I LOVE it! I used to always carry around a book or two in my purse and this is so much lighter and easier to slide into a purse or bag. Books that I really enjoy that I think I may read again I purchase in actual book form because I just can’t give those up. 😄

    • Laci Murray August 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

      I second everything Andrea said! I buy it if I loved it that much 🙂

    • Susie August 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Yes! Same! Kindles are great for travel and carrying around multiple books. If I loved the book or want to refer back to it, I’ll buy the actual book. Do it!!

    • Kelly August 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

      I’m with Andrea. I’m about half and half with how much I use my kindle. Light. fluffy reads that I most likely won’t read again get bought on the Kindle and then ones that I know I will want to highlight or reference again I buy. However, I feel like I’m in a season where if I want to read a book around my kiddo I have to read a physical book bc if he sees the iPad ( I used to have a Kindle Fire but now I just read on the Kindle app on my iPad or i Phone) or iPhone he feels like he needs to have it too.

  • Erika Slaughter August 15, 2017 at 4:45 am

    You know which side I fall into on this topic! I love holding a new book…the smell and everything!

    • Alexis August 15, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Yes!!! 🙂

    • Nikki Lehman August 15, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Yes, nothing beats a book!

  • Natalie August 15, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I got my first Kindle about 10 years ago. I am a book lover too, and have always had an affinity for book stores. The Kindle took some getting used to, but once I did, I never looked back. In fact, I’ve taken it one step further..I downloaded the Kindle app and now I just read on my phone or iPad. The glare doesn’t bother me. I love the freedom of not being weighed down by books when I run errands or travel on vacation. To be honest, I’ve wondered how you still travel and read a couple books each trip. Your carry-on must weigh a ton. I still buy actual books from time to time, but the Kindle is great for when you’re on the go.

  • Emily August 15, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I have a nook with glow light and I love it – except that you can get more books on the kindle, and they’re often cheaper. So I’d vote Kindle paper white. When my Nook eventually bites the dust, I will switch to a kindle.
    Best things about an ereader:
    1. Taking multiple books on vacation without taking up any room
    2. Being able to read in bed at night without having the light on.

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 15, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Haha, I’m all for “real” books, so I can’t give you recommendations on e-readers. I like physically reading the books much more!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Beth Dunham Swindig August 15, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I love my Kindle! I throw it in my purse and off I go. I always have multiple choices of books without having to carry books. I like reading real books from time to time as well. I purchase books from Amazon, a website called bookbub that sends daily offers and I also borrow from my local library as well. The kindle has made traveling with books much easier as well. Hope this helps!

  • Carrie August 15, 2017 at 4:55 am

    My husband was very passionate about having books to hold and said he would hate a kindle. After going through yet another box of books that we have moved with twice and he has never read I had enough of it. He reads every day and basically hoards books too. I gave him a Kindle for his birthday and he loves it.
    But what I had tried to get him to do and he always refused still perplexes me, why not use the library? I take my girls at least 2x a month to our local library and we stock up. I can also borrow ebooks from our library for my 9 year old who has a kindle. I frequently put items on hold and I just go to the library and the whole stack is waiting for me!
    Go for the kindle and you can still get real books too. It does not have to be all or nothing.

    • Anna August 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I share this mindset! I just have the kindle app on my phone and read from there – the thought of having another electronic to keep track of wasn’t attractive to me. And, I still buy books sometimes, especially if I’m on the beach and will be sticky from sunscreen and covered in sand.

    • stacy August 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

      I love this. I’m just like your husband! Also, as for the library, I was on a waitlist for a YEAR to read Girl on a Train. Amazon is my friend for physical books. But I’m going to have to look into the Kindle thing after reading that your husband likes it.

    • Carrie August 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      I agree with Carrie……I am also Carrie 😋 I have a Kindle and I have the Kindle app on my iPad, but what I really use is the library. Here in Chicago, you can order books through the public library on a mobile device or computer and the books will arrive at your local branch. Then I just pick them up and read, read, read. No cost either! Try the library. You might be pleasantly surprised!

  • Carrie August 15, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Oh and added to say, I do like kindles. My 9 year old has a refurbished paperwhite with no light and my husband has the latest version with a light. The only difference we really notice is the light and that is very nice. Both have the ads and they both are not bothered at all by them. If you want to play audio books then I believe they may have a version with that feature as well.

  • Steph August 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Hi! I am an avid book lover/reader. I have an iPad with a nook and kindle app. I sign up for daily alerts of book sales. IPad is great for travel when you don’t want to lug around multiple books. I usually pack a real book along with the iPad on trips. I use my local library for “real” books. It solves the problem of wanting a “real” book but not having to take up space in your house . I love supporting book stores too tho! a mix 🙂

    • Amy August 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Shay, I know you are an iPhone user. Get the iBook, Nook, and Kindle apps. You don’t need a separate device for this. Also, most libraries also have e-books available for checking out. I use Cloud Library, OverDrive, and Libby to check books out from my local libraries. I always have books available to read with me at any time. I use my iPad mini most of the time, but can pick right up on my iPhone if I don’t happen to have the iPad with me at that moment.

  • Cathy Tracy August 15, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Love reading on my Kindle. The only downside is you cannot share books with friends.

    • Jen August 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

      You actually can “loan” out some titles on the Kindle. Not all, but some. I think it is a 14 day period. Like a “real” boom, when you loan it out it is not longer available on your device, but reappears after the loan period expires.

    • jackie carson August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

      *SOME* books are lendable! You just have to look it up on your Amazon account and it will tell you if you can or not!

    • Kelly August 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

      There is a feature in Kindle where you can lend a book to a friend. I don’t believe every title is able to be lent but the last time I read a Book Club book on the Kindle, I was able to share it with my friend. I think it’s only shared for 2 weeks.

    • Laura Bake August 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Did they get rid of the share feature? You used to be able to loan some kindle books to other friends with kindles.

    • Beth C August 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

      You actually can lend books to a friend with the kindle! https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200549320

  • jamie August 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

    i just love a good old fashioned book in my hand and libraries and the smell. however, i’m excited to read all the comments! maybe a reading tablet of some sort would be good for cookbooks in the kitchen!

  • A August 15, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Use an iPad & get the kindle app. More versatile.

    • elizabeth August 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

      i love reading on my ipad!! i love that i can read any book at anytime. and on ibooks you can sample the first several pages to see if you like it before you commit.
      the only downside it that i cannot read outside on my ipad in full daylight… so i buy real books to take with me to the pool, beach and/or camping. this gives me the best of both worlds!

      • elizabeth August 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

        one more downside to the ipad is that i can’t pass along the books to my friends after i’m done reading and that makes me sad!! i love to share a good book. 🙁

    • Gloria Milburn August 15, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Not if you get a Kindle Fire. Practically the same as an iPad…mail, browsers, instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, Spotify, games, other apps, etc. Love my Kindle Fire. Always have multiple books with me and also current issues of magazines. Best decision I ever made. As I’ve grown older and downsized several times, I don’t have to decide which books I can take with me, I can take them ALL.

  • Erin B August 15, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I also love the smell of a good book! That being said, a kindle is SO convenient, especially for travel…imagine being able to take as many books as you want with you without having to use up that luggage space! I also love that I can easily transition to reading on my iPhone for when I’m waiting at the doctors office. So convenient! I prefer the basic kindle with a backlight…no glare when you are sitting outside and you can read in the dark without disturbing anyone. Love your book reviews!

  • Carrie August 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I have a kindle paperwhite. It’s just a basic ereader. I have an ipad and macbook so the need for the other features that come with a kindle fire just weren’t there.
    I can’t comment on kindle over nook because I have no experience with a nook.
    I will say this -for the amount of travel (even just driving around, carpool, going to appointments) you do I think it’s a good choice. It’s thin, lightweight, and easy to take around with you. Mine even fits in most of my purses which is great on my errand days where I might have to wait around. Normally I would be inclined to stare at my phone, but I just read. I also like that I can have options to read (a fiction book, a devotional, etc.) without carrying around multiple items.
    I still occasionally buy books because I too like the feel of a book and the sense of holding and reading an actual book, and sometimes a book on sale at the bookstore is cheaper than a kindle version. There’s nothing to say you can’t do both.
    One thing that convinced me is that you can “checkout” e-books for your kindle (and probably nook) from the library. It is no different than getting an actual book from the library. You sign up, pick your book and it appears on your device (without ever going to the library!). Then after 2 or 3 weeks you return it through your device. Definite game changer for me!
    I also watch the Amazon lists for .99 and 1.99 kindle books often.
    *I believe the nook has a sharing feature where you and other nook users can swap books. I don’t know any details on it and maybe kindle now has it too, but this may be another consideration.

    Sorry to ramble, and I may not have helped at all. I love my kindle and I still buy the occasional actual book so I feel like I get the best of both worlds.

    Good luck!

  • Sheila August 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Get an E-reader! I also faced the same dilemma you are a few years back (first world problems, I know…). Though I miss turning the pages of a good book, the convenience of an e-reader is worth it. And the ease of downloading books makes it worthwhile. As for which one, I use my iPad mini only because when I travel, I only have to take one device that gives the flexibility to read, check emails, surf the web, etc. I also take it to the gym when I use the elliptical or stair master and keep it in my purse when I have to wait at an appointment, get a pedicure, etc. However, many of my friends have the Kindle and are very happy with that as well.

  • Jami Lee August 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I too love holding and reading a book but I also love my Kindle. It’s the Paper White version so it’s easy to read outside since there isn’t a glare. Doesn’t come with games or anything fancy, can only be used for purchasing and reading books. I can however rent books from the library, they just disappear in 3 weeks. I just purchased The Identicals for $5 on my Kindle so I can take it to Disney next month on the plane. It’s perfect for vacations when you don’t want to take up a lot of space. What it’s not good for- trying to go back and find something you may have forgoten and you need to see how it ties in with the story. If it’s a book I feel is an easy read or if I find a good deal for the ebook I will buy for the Kindle, if it’s a book I may read again or a book series I will refer back to I will buy the book. Hope that helps.

  • Courtney August 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

    As much of a technology person I am, I just can’t quite use a Kindle. I agree with you, I love the actual book in my hand. And quite honestly, it’s just easier on my eyes too. As far as the money part goes, I use our local library a lot!
    XO
    Courtney
    http://www.greywoodmama.com

  • Jordan August 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Get an e-reader! I was also very skeptical but I love mine. It’s cheaper, it’s light, it’s worth it. I suggest the kindle paperweight! It connects right to your amazon account and goodreads account. Some other kindles have other internet features (almost like an iPad) but those seem too complicated and not necessary. The kindle paperweight is super great for reading outside. The pages appear like a real book so no glare!

    • Jordan August 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

      Sorry paper white!

  • JAmie August 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I am a former Kindle user. I loved it FOR YEARS. But…They eventually break/go bad/whatever. Instead I got an iPad with the Kindle app and I’m so much happier!! I got the iPad mini because of the size- I really liked the size of the kindle and this is pretty much the same. Also, you can get the app to use the electronic lending library at your library for FREE! My mom does this all the time and it saves so much money and space. Hope this helps!

    • stacy August 15, 2017 at 7:50 am

      can you read on your ipad outside? I have a first gen iPad (i know, so retro!) and the glare is horrible.

  • Desiree August 15, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I’m a lot like you. I LOVE books! But I broke down and bought 2 Kindle Fires last Christmas. I found a really good deal. And I couldn’t pass it up! I got one for my Mom. And one for myself. I’m still not a huge fan of reading a book on my Kindle. I prefer having a real book. I just like the feel better. But I read magazines on my Kindle. Much more pocket friendly. And in the case I want to “borrow” a book from the library or a friend…it’s super easy! But I will admit, most of my book reading is still done with paper books. I just prefer it. My Mom uses hers more…for reading. She is battling cancer. And when she gets out of the house, it’s super easy for her. Because they are light weight. And my Mom usually has a book, her favorite magazine, and a game on hers.

  • Alexis August 15, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Okay, I stand on the side of real books…I’m one of those who says I’ll never get a Kindle. There’s a lot of reasons for that and I’ll share a couple of them. One, there is SO MUCH technology obsession today. Don’t get me wrong, I love modern technology, but to a point. Everywhere I turn, someone’s head is buried in a screen. Instead of talking to the people they’re with, they’re on a screen. I’m a third grade teacher and so often it breaks my heart to hear, “My mom and dad are always on their phones,” or something similar. Because of that, I don’t want to model / or even think myself! – that reading is yet another thing to be done on a screen. There are some things that can’t be replaced/duplicated by technology and to me, that’s the feel of a real book in my hands and the thrill of buying new ones from the store.
    Another reason is because I love sharing books with friends! I have friends who love that I’ll lend my favorite books out to them but then when they want to recommend one to me, I have to figure out a way of getting it because they can’t share it…they have theirs on a Kindle. I love being able to share books with others because I really do think reading is so important…and if handing someone a book means they’ll read it, I’m doing it! Reading benefits adults so much and I wish more people realized that!
    Also…you don’t always have to buy books of you want to save money! Basically 3/4 of what you recommend to us, I get from the library. I buy my faves (hello, Elin Hilderbrand!) but many I get from the library and really quickly. My friends always laugh at how many of them now use library cards because I’ve told them so many books are there. And again, going back to kids…kids need to see adults at the library, looking through books and showing them the importance of it. Yes, slight teacher rant there. 😉 I just want kids to know how important reading is and the fun of choosing books and taking new finds home to read.
    I also think homes with bookshelves are so cozy and welcoming…nothing replaces that (to me at least).
    So…my opinion, take it for what it’s worth! I think real books are one of those things in life that are worth it, both for the benefit of kids AND adults. 🙂

    • Rachel Lorenz Morales August 15, 2017 at 7:12 am

      I love this answer! Yes, even though I have the Kindle app on my iPad and it is handy for traveling, it’s one less screen my kids need to see me on at home and other places. They need to see adults loving and reading books because that encourages them to read too. One other thing I’ve noticed is that when I read a book on the iPad, it’s too easy for me to fall into typical screen skim mode and my concentration is not the same.

    • Maria August 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Oh, my, Alexis! I think I could have written that word for word…except I am not a teacher, ha! But, you hit home… ! I think, modeling to kids the way we read is a really strong argument for actual books!! I think, for kids (well, for adults too) its just much more obvious we are reading if we are reading from an actual book, rather than from a screen… I also think that its much more inviting and sociable to sit “behind” a book than “behind” a screen, I strongly believe it even affects the mood of the home. Reading a book says: ” come here, sit next to me and pick up a book, too.” a screen says “please, don’t disturb, I want to be by myself.” And as Alexis said, a home with books-that makes for a cozy and welcoming home! Also, books are part of one’s personal history…they teach us, they make us cry or laugh. I love screening my bookshelves, looking at the spines, thinking, maybe I should read this one again? In my opinion you can never own to many books, just the wrong ones…

    • Elizabeth August 15, 2017 at 7:30 am

      I totally agree with you Alexis, real books have so many benefits! I’m glad to see someone who shares the same outlook.

      Books can be expensive but if you shop smart you can find some great deals. I’ve found dollar and 2 dollar books (hardback) at the dollar store Clarence shelves. Can’t beat that and I’ve found some really great reads that surprised me how good they were. Besides think of all the books you can buy for the price of a Kindle/iPad 😊

    • stacy August 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

      I’m reading and commenting on a lot of y’all’s thoughts…but as a former 3rd grade teacher and a mom with teenagers who have just been reduced to “flip phones” because mom and dad are sick of technology, I love your response. 🙂
      I think I’ll need to hit my library more often.

    • Danielle Kirchner August 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

      I love this! And so true! I want my kids seeing me with an actual book in my hand! And I’m a 2nd gradecteachervtirned stay at home mom until kiddos are school aged so I completely see the importance of everything you said!

  • Katie August 15, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Yep… it’s a divided passion! I am on my second kindle in probably 8 years. The first was still working fine but my youngest decided one day to try to dissect it and it didn’t survive so for my birthday my husband got me the paper white and it is amazing! The major upgrade to this one over my old one which was one of the original versions is the fact that it is backlit so I can read anytime, anywhere and don’t need a lamp or book light! I absolutely love my kindle and love that I can download books for free from my library without having to leave my house to get them or return them!!! I totally understand why some people can’t convert to a kindle as they love the feel of a real book in hair hands but for me the kindle has been one of my favorite things ever!!

  • Kel August 15, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I was in the same position as you! Loved having an actual book in my hands and was not even considering a kindle. My boyfriend gifted me and kindle and I LOVE it! I read more than before (didn’t think that was possible), the books are cheaper AND with Amazon prime I get one free book every month. I still grab a real book every once in a while but as a commuter on the T (Boston girl) having the kindle is much more convenient. I say go for it!

  • Shannon August 15, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I felt the same way. And then I got tired of dusting my books on the shelves, cleaning them out to make space for new ones, and spending a ton of money. I downloaded the Kindle app to my iPad (no need to purchase another device). I signed up for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s daily email that lets me know which Kindle books are drastically on sale for that day only (most of the time $1.99 or less).
    This summer, I renewed my public library card and started “checking out” e-books through them which I download to my Kindle app for two weeks at a time. My public library has a HUGE selection of e-books and I haven’t missed out on anything that I really want to read. It was so convenient for vacations this summer not to lug around books in my luggage.
    I would say try it with the Kindle or Nook app on your iPad first and you will quickly become a fan! 🙂

  • Jennifer Jackson August 15, 2017 at 5:28 am

    You already have an iPad, just use the Kindle App. I still buy some books in case I’ll be reading outside AND because there’s A TON of studies that show that the light from devices hinders the ability to get quality sleep. So, if you read at night, books really are the way to go!

  • Jordan August 15, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I love an actual book and ebooks! I have the original kindle but I mostly use the kindle app on my iPads! I do still use my kindle when I’m outside since it’s easier to see.

  • Jessica August 15, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I feel your pain. I have a Kindle, and while it’s great for traveling, that is the only time I use it. When I read at home I much prefer to hold a book in my hands. I think because you travel so much it would be a great item to have, but you can always get your book fix at home!

  • Hillary August 15, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I prefer a book! I had nook and I found myself getting distracted because it had apps/games/internet. It would take me much longer to get through the book! I am just one that likes to hold a book..and I always use my local library! I would say at st 80% of the books you recommend my Connecticut library has. I’m sure everywhere it’s different but ours is great! The other thing I would do is our local goodwill…they sell books for one dollar, and they are all newer titles, yes it takes searching a bit but you save a ton, and I just bring them back there when I’m done!

  • Denise August 15, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I hear you! I have a kindle, but I can’t share my books when I purchase on the kindle. I know some selections can be shared but there were so few when I last checked—long time ago. Kindles are great for traveling, so that would definitely be a reason. I think a happy medium works for some.

  • JuliaGoolia August 15, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Why not use the library then?!

  • Amy August 15, 2017 at 5:33 am

    This is so easy. Go for the best of both worlds and utilize both. I would definitely get a Kindle Paperwhite. The backlight is amazing, which means when you are laying out by the pool you do not have a glare. It literally looks like the pages of a book. The Paperwhite stays charged for a long time and you can download an insane amount of books.

    You don’t have to give up actual books or roaming bookstores either. Pick and choose which you would use for your ereader. If you are snuggled up at home in front of the fire, go for the book. If you are traveling it is much easier to carry one slim “book” than half a suitcase of books (I feel like I am not exaggerating here by the amount of books you can read 😉 )
    Another huge plus is the amount of amazing downloadable books that you can check out from your local library…All from the comforts of your home. I have an easier and quicker turn around time reserving a downloadable book than I do an actual book.

    A few years ago I gave Paperwhites to my kids and In-laws for Christmas. I am not sure that they were overly excited at the time…but since then they have all said that it was the best gift ever. In fact, as we speak one of those Paperwhites is floating in a Navy ship somewhere in the middle of nowhere with hundreds of books on it and my kid in front of it. Go for it! Happy reading and ereading!!!

    • Jamie August 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Definitely agree with everything you said Amy! I utilize both a Kindle Paperwhite (love the no glare) and physical books. I use the Kindle mostly for traveling and when I’m out and about, and I do like that I can read it at night without a light on in the room. You can also share kindle accounts with one other person so my sister and I share an account – which is nice!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily August 15, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I love both! Holding an actual book will always be my favorite, but you can’t beat the convenient of a Kindle or Nook. While I read books more often anymore, an e reader is perfect for traveling. I would opt for the basic Kindle (which is what I have and love). You don’t have to deal with any type of glare when outside, and it’s nice and compact. Another bonus of the Kindle is the Unlimited option – for $10 a month you have access to a bunch of books for free with the subscription. It’s super handy, especially if you are a fast reader!

  • Eileen August 15, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I am a big reader like you. I have a Kindle. I used it for the first few months or so and haven’t picked it up since. I love a book. I just can’t get into the e-reader. The only benefit to it that I saw was that my sister and I were able to link our kindles to the same account, so we were able to share all of the books that we bought. I actually try to get most of my books from the library to save on cost (I put my favorite authors or popular titles coming out on reserve months before their release date so I get it right away!).

  • Elspeth Mizner August 15, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I’m a real book person all the way. Sometimes I feel I am on my laptop or phone all the time. It’s nice to put them aside and pull out a real book. If you don’t want to always buy the books maybe head to a library and check them out instead. Either way, reading is great! Good luck Shay!!!

  • Aimee August 15, 2017 at 5:40 am

    I am “old school” when it comes to books too Shay. I love books, and rooms with filled book shelves 🙂 I think you could do both! Use the e-reader when you travel or just out and about. I worry that this passion for electronics is going to put things like book stores and card shops out of business. (I love cards too!) Don’t give up on your love of holding a real book. (That’s my vote 🙂 I think you can do both! I love your book reviews, by the way. They are so helpful and fun to read. Love this community too.

  • Jan Fisher August 15, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I vote iPad! So many options if you get the kindle app, you can do kindle and iBooks. So much more convenient for travel and being out and about. You can borrow ebooks from library. I also still sometimes check out real books. I rarely buy books any more. Saves money and space! Bonus your iPad is great for checking messages and social media as well. Reading in bed with no light is huge also! You are an apple girl get that ipad!!❤️

  • Amy Heinl August 15, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I am a die hard real book in the hands girl. My sister has tried to get me to convert but I just can’t. I did try using hers to try it out and it wasn’t the same. I buy my books from Amazon or 1/2 price books (where I also sell some back) I also donate some to our local women’s shelter. There is nothing better than the smell of a new book and eagerly turning the page as you become more and more vested in the story

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 15, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I’m an English major so I’m very passionate about real books and refused to even think about an e-reader for the longest. I ended up downloading the Kindle app on my iPad so I didn’t have to actually buy an e-reader. I buy books on my iPad if they are ones I’m not going to want to keep on my bookshelf (like when Harper Lee’s 2nd book was released–I bought a physical copy because that’s one I want to keep forever). My only problem is reading a book that I want to share with someone else, and you can’t share a book on an e-reader. I’ve pretty much gone back to reading real books and have only used my Kindle app maybe twice this year.
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    • Lauren August 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      I think on a kindle you can loan books to other kindle users. If you search the help section on amazon you can find the how-to instructions. The other person needs to have a kindle though, so it’s true you can’t loan the book to anyone 🙂 I’m an English major too so I definitely know what you mean about real books!

  • Elizabeth August 15, 2017 at 5:44 am

    What’s wrong with the library? I love to reserve books. Still get the “hold a book in my hand” feeling and it’s free!! And usually while I’m there I find more books to add to my list. Sometimes I do download books on my phone so it’s always with me. However I like modeling reading to my children and if I have my phone in my hand, they just think I’m playing around and not reading a book.

    • Jeanie August 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

      I agree with the library! I love our library system because I don’t even have to run around to a different branch but can have whatever I want moved to pick up at the branch nearest me. I never buy all the fluffy books that your book reviews reference because I know I won’t ever read them again. I just borrow them from the library and then send them back on their way when done.
      Sometimes I might buy a book that has a long hold time and for that I use my kindle but I rarely buy books in paper form anymore. I still love to hold a book but for travel, you can’t beat the kindle.

    • Kristine August 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

      YES! I love that my kids see me reading a real book! In then encourages my 5 yo to pick up a book and “read” like mommy. 🙂

    • Elizabeth August 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

      I strongly agree with you and a few others that have mentioned this, shay with the amount you read ( in front of your kids), you need some paper books. For travel I would just use my iPad but you are still my hero for finishing a book on a family vacation ! I am a big reader but finally just stopping bringing books for me to read on family vacations — magazines are about all I can do when everyone is around and there is so much fun to be had.

  • Adrienne N August 15, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I vote library all the way! In my town, you can preselect books online so your stack is all ready when you get there. Plus, if my smaller local library doesn’t have a book but the main one in the city does, they just send it to my local library after I’ve reserved it online. I get plenty of the new releases you recommend that way!

    • I SHAL C August 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I so love requesting books from the entire library system in my city, and then going to pick them up on my hold shelf! Hehe! I agree!

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  • Angie N August 15, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I fall on the e-reader side! It’s easy to take lots of books on vacation without taking up space. I’ve had the Kindle Paperwhite and Fire; would definitely recommend the Fire because you can checkout books from your local library. No worries about remembering to return; it automatically goes back after 14 days. Obviously, it doesn’t work if you don’t have Wi-Fi (in the car for instance), so you have to remember to download it BEFORE you lose Wi-Fi then you won’t have a problem. The only Con is my library doesn’t have ALL books available to checkout on my e-reader. Alot of the books you recommend, they do not have. They add books everyday though, so hopefully it won’t be that way for long. Hope this helps!

    • Kathryn August 15, 2017 at 7:13 am

      I also borrow from the library on my Kindle except my library’s checkout policy is 21 days instead of 14. 14 is pretty quick! Also, if you’re not done reading but your loan is about to expire, just don’t connect to the internet. It will only automatically return the book if you’re connected to wifi 🙂

    • Kim August 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

      You can checkout books with the Paperwhite too! That’s how I read most all of my books now, checking them out digitally from the library using Overdrive.

  • Kelly August 15, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I use the kindle app on my iPad and iPhone.

  • Laura Fredlund August 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I’m a book lover as well! I love the feel of sitting down with an actual book in my hands to read. I bought a Kindle a couple of years ago, and have read quite a few books on it. While it is cheaper to buy books on, is compact and saves space, I have not used it in a long time. Its been months. I won’t get rid of it bc I know I will use it again sometime, but I just really prefer an actual book. I don’t get the same sense of accomplishment when I finish a book cover to cover. I don’t feel like I’ve just read a book. Good luck on your decision!

  • Sarah August 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

    I use the Kindle app on the iPad. I use the iPad a lot when I’m traveling, but I go to the library or read actual books when I’m home. So I do both!

  • Tara August 15, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I absolutely love books and could spend hours in a bookstore, but I received a Nook as a gift 7 years ago. I actually ended up really liking it! It is easy to carry around and you can have multiple books downloaded for travel versus packing a lot of options. It also is anti glare, so great for the beach or pool. I basically always have it in my bag now and am on my second device. I will say that I still go into the bookstore to browse and write down what I want to download!

  • Ashley August 15, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I had a Kindle. I also had the Kindle app on my iPad. I’m here to say I’m probably not the norm, but the Kindle and my iPad both broke over time and I never replaced them, sooo I’m back to regular old book. And you know what, I missed them! I buy used on Amazon so it’s not that expensive, and I also go to the library. We also have a cute Little Livrary box in our neighborhood.
    What I missed most is how easy it is to share a physical book with someone else. You CAN do it with some of the readers but it’s not the same.

  • Kelly Fender August 15, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I would suggest the Kindle app for your phone. One less thing to carry and you can always have books with you. I also use e reader services from my library to check out books– my library offers Cloud Reader and My Media Mall. iBooks is also a great way to keep books on your device.

  • Katie Williams August 15, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I’m a big reader as well, always have been, and I do both. For travel, you just can’t beat the convenience of a Kindle. And some books I read are just fun, light hearted books that I don’t need on my bookshelf forever. But there are some I still buy so I’ll have them. I say get a Kindle and give it a try. You may find yourself going back and forth for awhile. But I was amazed at how life like a Kindle really is. It’s a pleasant reading experience!

  • Holly August 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I got the first generation kindle when they first came out. I’m a lover of real books too. I hated the kindle. I couldn’t get in to any book I read on it, it would take me forever just to read one book and I found it irritating and frustrating. It’s sat in a drawer ever since. I just love everything about a real book. …… BUT I’m strongly considering trying the kindle paperwhite soon and giving the e-reader another shot.

  • Gail August 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I am a Kindle convert. If you read outside a lot you may want your research to include which ones are best for cutting down on glare. I even repurchased my favorite devotional books and Bible in electronic form. I carry my Kindle to church – I can highlight and make notes in the text. Another plus is the dictionary feature. Just put your finger on any word and a definition pops up. I buy some books and my library has a good selection of ebooks too. On the treadmill, it’s nice to be able to increase the font size for easier reading.

  • Kristen Thompson August 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I was in the same position as you too! A few years ago I got a nook for Christmas and liked it but then I got an iPad mini and fell in love! I can use the nook app, kindle app, iBooks app and an app from my local library on it and get books from pretty much anywhere! My mom and I are on the family share account so we can share books still! I also love that if I am out and forgot my iPad I can pull up the book I am reading on my phone and it synces right up to the page I was on! I love the feel of a good book too and still read my devotional every day in book form and magazines because I hate the format of emagazines-it’s hard to see two page spreads-but I do love my iPad for books now!

  • Beth August 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I want to hold a book in my hands, too. I go to the library regularly. It’s so easy to request books online and pick them up when they arrive. I also get email alerts when they’re close to being due, and it’s easy to renew. Using the online resources of our library makes it so easy and convenient.

  • Kate August 15, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I say, NO!!! For me, continuing to read actual books and not books on a Kindle is truly one way for me to set aside technology and enjoy a good old fashion book. We live in a world now where so many things is centered around technology and I feel like I constantly have my phone in my hands checking e-mails, blogs, instagram, etc. My favorite part of reading is setting all technology aside. In addition, I love the smell of books, turning the page and sharing books read/want to read amongst friends.

  • Valerie C August 15, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Love my Kindle fire! It’s great for apps, and even though I still read one he’d copies I enjoy checking books out via my Kindle through the library. I know several people who have a joint account with friends so they’re able to share books that way.

  • Megan P August 15, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I’m very torn too, so I do both! Majority of the time I use my iPad. I commute, so it’s easier for me to use that than lug around a book. I also love reading in bed at night. If my husband wants to go to bed earlier then the “night vision” comes on and I can easily read without attaching a light to my book. I also love having the option to read what I want on the spot (rather then going to the store or ordering online). That being said, I also love holding a book and pig-eating the pages, so once in a while I will grab a physical book to read. One of the things I don’t like about reading on the iPad is the option to share books. Swapping books is so easy when they are physical books! Hoping one day they come out with that feature (or if they did already someone tell me how!).

  • Crissie August 15, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Just download the kindle app on your iPad and iPhone! It’s awesome and they can link up so you never lose your page no matter which device you are on. I occasionally buy books, but buying books from the app is so much quicker and cheaper. Good luck and happy reading.

  • Nicole Martin August 15, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I have a Nook and I really like it, but I actually still sometimes buy the hard copy of a book because I love the feel of a new book and I like being able to physically see my progress in a book, not just the page number. Nook had Daily Deals where they have one or two books listed for much cheaper than the regular price. Sometimes it isn’t a book I am interested in, but other times I get a good book. I got Shauna Neiquest’s Present Over Perfect that way, just the other day they had a Elin Hilderbrand book on the list for $4.99, normally the ones on the list are $1.99 or $2.99 so that one was actually a little pricey. I got One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid when it was on the Daily Deal. I also got Hilbilly Elegy that way as well to name a few. So sometimes there are really good current books you can get for cheap and other times they don’t look very interesting. The battery stays charged for SO long on it which is super nice. You can share some books but not all books, which I don’t like. Sometimes my sister just uses my Nook if I have a book that we can’t share. It is so nice for traveling and I know you travel a lot because it doesn’t take up as much space and it isn’t as heavy as real books. So I think you should get an e-reader but also still read hard copies sometimes 😊

  • Stephanie zhu August 15, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I work in sustainability, roll my eyes when people are wasteful, print stuff they don’t need, take grocery bags unnecessarily and when cities don’t have recycling programs up and running. But the one place I did NOT concede … books (and travel – I travel a LOT but offset my flights every year). I refused to read anything other than real books ….. until Amazon Prime Day about a month ago. I bought a kindle and I’ve read 8 books since then compared to the 8 books I usually read in a year. The stack of real books preKindld are still sitting on my nightstand. Untouched. DO IT!!!! And now I can Unclutter all my books and get rid of all of them. #minimalist #tryingtobe

  • Dianna August 15, 2017 at 6:09 am

    This may be a controversial suggestion 😉 but you should try your local library and whichever app they use (Overdrive, or cloudlibrary or something like that) so you can try out having a digital book for free and see if you like it. This way you’re supporting your library and also trying something new! I have always wondered why you don’t go to the library…
    If you end up liking digital books, you should definitely get the kindle paperwhite.

  • CC August 15, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I love to read a “real” book, but I mostly read on my iPad. I have the kindle app, and LOVE it! It’s so convenient to download the book right away, throw my iPad in my purse, backpack, whatever I’m carrying and have it with me at appts, and such. I have the iPad mini (which is about same size as kindle) but love that I can check my email, messages and read all on one device.

  • Tara G. August 15, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I love to read; it’s a favorite along with shopping. I quit buying books years ago because it was a waste of money after reading them quickly & knowing they weren’t of “classic” status worth storing ( & moving with the military). I love utilizing our library. Most are interconnected now & you can request titles that will be pulled & held for you to just pick up – for free. Many also purchase books requested that they don’t have. It’s certainly an option for the times you want the paper copy in hand.

  • Paula August 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Download the Kindle to your phone & buy 1 book to try. Then you are not out a device. This is how I ended up with it on my phone. I was out waited on my husband and forgot my book. I wanted to finish the book so I downloaded the ap & bought the ebook. 🙈🙉🙊 I enjoy it now at night with lights off & still read books during the day.
    I buy physical books by my favorite authors and all my Christian devotionals & life books like Beth Moore, Christine Cain, Max Lucado…Then everything else, Kindle. Even my Food Network magazine. THAT saves space.

  • Cassidy August 15, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I was just in your shoes about a month ago! I finally bit the bullet and purchased myself a paperwhite kindle on amazon prime day. I fell in love with it- during the summer time by the pool/beach I still love having a book to read in my hand. You can also link up to a friends household to share your kindle books with each other. It’s a genius idea so that you can each take turns buying/sharing new kindle books! I hope you decide to purchase one- you won’t regret it! (When I really thought I would regret buying one but fell in love!)

  • Becca Dale August 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

    It depends. How is that for an answer 😉

    I love a real book if it is one I am going to highlight & underline, etc and it is so easy to share with friends. I am more likely to ditch my phone in another room and not get distracted on my phone by a notification popping up. I also recently came across another person’s opinion that she loves to read and often reads when her kids are playing around her – for that purpose she has chooses physical books because she wants to show that she is reading, etc vs. ‘reading’ on her iPad/nook/kindle because in this day and age we spend so much time on a digital devise where we could be mindlessly scrolling, etc.

    Otherwise I did have the first version of kindle fire long ago and now an IPad. I prefered the iPad as it was more user friendly but I am sure kindle’s have come along way too. I also utilize a lot of library resources where I can checkout ebooks which is nice on my wallet. Ebooks are harder & sometimes impossible to share with others.

  • Justyna August 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I had the same problem before! Loved physical books…that is until a kindle was gifted to me…and I fell in love.
    The biggest perk of the kindle (paper white) is the space. It’s small enough to fit in your bag. I commute on the NYC subway and can’t be fumbling through pages during a packed rush hour subway. Also reading at night! The kindle has many settings which doesn’t strain your eyes—and you can avoid a night light which can annoy your husband 🙂
    Best part of all you can share books with others- saves you money!
    2 thumbs up from me…go for it 🙂

  • Susie Harrold August 15, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I was JUST LIKE YOU a few years back. I am such a book lover, and I told my family to please not consider a Kindle or Nook as a gift because it wasn’t for me, but I have crossed to the middle now! I still love holding a book and the smell of it -everything, and I still read 80% actual books, but I preview so much on my iPad Kindle, then call my library and reserve books I am interested in. I really enjoy both, now, although I always buy a hard copy of any book that is in my top group of favorites to enjoy again.

  • Paige Wright August 15, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I have a kindle paperwhite which looks more like a book, no backlight. I love mine for reading at night when my husband is asleep as opposed to my booklight attachment. I buy books both ways but probably use my kindle more as I tend to read a lot as I go to sleep. Books I know I want to keep a copy of I buy. By the way you need to get The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane….not finished yet but a beautiful story(fiction) of a Chinese mother who has to abandon her child, rich in Chinese history and culture!

  • Melissa August 15, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I love to read and like you, I didn’t want to give up real books. About five years ago, I got a kindle and I absolutely love it for specific reasons. It’s great to take on travel. It allows me to carry multiple books with me without the added weight. It also fits perfectly in my purse so that I always have a book with me wherever I go. However, I still like reading physical books as well. I’m usually reading two books at a time – one on my Kindle and one physical book (most likely one that I got through the library). That seems to work well for me.

  • Kristin August 15, 2017 at 6:21 am

    i vote stick with books. I feel like books are the escape from electronics and constant advertising. Plus, I like for my kids to see me reading as opposed to being hooked to electronics all the time. We go to the library at least once a week for new books and I always have my next book on request from library or on inter library loan so I have no trouble getting the books I want- even if they’re new

  • Ali Herdrich August 15, 2017 at 6:22 am

    There’s nothing like holding a book in your hands! I get my books from the library. Typically, when you post your book review, I go to my library’s website and place the books on hold.

  • Lisa August 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I bought a Nook several years back and just couldn’t get used to not holding a book. There’s something about holding an actual book in your hand! Also, this may seem a little silly, but I like for my children (ages 7 and 3) to see me reading an actual book instead of staring at an e-reader. My girls are at an age where they like to do whatever I do, so I like for them to see me with a book instead of a device!

  • Brooke August 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Perhaps the solution is to visit the library instead of purchasing so many books. My local library has many of the selections and authors you’ve recommended and keeps a current selection. Also, as I’m checking my books out, often the librarian will recommend an author to try. Libraries are also great for kids too – my children love to go into their section and pick out a few books, play the computers and imagine.
    Another solution to being overran with books is a neighborhood book box. These seem to be making a comeback and is a great way to share books with others in the neighborhood and eliminates from storing books.
    We had a Kindle and our kids took it over for games. When I did read books off of it, it was handy to travel with and lightweight to pack, but I found my eyes growing more tired from reading a screen rather than the actual book.

  • Amy in PA August 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Utilize your local library! Great books for you and your family with, most likely, a great play area for children. I can’t imagine that a town as sweet as McKinney doesn’t have a great library.

  • Kerri August 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I have a kindle, bought it on Amazon Prime day for next to nothing. I do not use it often. I specifically bought it for travel. My opinion for you would be to do that. With how much you seem to travel, i think it would be a good idea for that purpose. I too love to hold actual books, I feel better realizing how much more I have to read, with the kindle, it’s just the page count, I love going to bookstores, libraries, seeing my books piled on the shelf that i have read is an “accomplishment”. I did buy my 9 year old a Kindle and honestly she prefers the books. Also, on the expense piece, some of the kindle versions can be just as expensive. I didn’t feel like I was saving money! Funny little piece of info. when I was using my kindle a lot, I subscribed to amazon’s $9.99 so you can download all sorts of books. My last book read was your brother Seans Bachelor book! LOL. Bottom line recommendation: Purchase one and use it when you travel. Then if you like it a lot, ease into it!

  • Jocelynn Webb August 15, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I thought the same thing so I bought an ereader. I NEVER use it. It sits in a drawer and I read books!

  • Clancy August 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    While I am about ok lover, I am Team Kindle–100%. I have a Kindle paperwhite. It is very light weight. It can glow or not glow. It is perfect for a beach-as easy to see as a book. It is nothing like an iPad. iPads do not get my vote. They are too heavy in my opinion, the glare bothers me, and you can’t see them in the sunlight. Kindles are much easier for travel. I can toss that one tiny thing in my bag with thousands of books at my fingertips rather than lug around 6 on vacation.

    With tht said, I say buy the kindle. Try it out for a while. If you don’t love it, gift it to your kids or a friend. It will be loved and appreciated either way-but I’m betting you love it.

  • Anne August 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    I only buy actual books when I really, really want that book. I usually read on Kindle and if I am so in love with that book, I will buy it. I do borrow many actual books from the library but I can return those and they are not cluttering my house. The Kindle is so much better for traveling though. Instead of trying to find space for five books in my suitcase, they are all on the Kindle and then, you can have much more than five books. However, there is one type of book that I will always buy as an actual book and that is a cookbook.

  • Lisa N August 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Just think of poor little meg Ryan and her Shop Around the Corner in You’ve Got Mail!😉 Just kidding!
    It just makes sense for you to have a kindle or kindle app as much as you are on the go and like an earlier comment said, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing.

  • Brandi August 15, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Books from the local library? Fills your need to hold the book but its free!

  • Abby August 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I’m a big fan of my kindle. I got a refurbished older version without a light and I love it! The light would be nice, and I would go with that if I were you. I have the paper one, not the fire, so it’s easy to read outside. I have such a hard time on my phone or iPad outside by the pool and such! And I download a lot from the library, which saves me a ton of $. There is a Kindle app for my phone or iPad, so sometimes when I’m putting my girls to bed, I’ll read on my phone. Then when I go back to my Kindle, it syncs up and goes directly to the spot I was reading on my phone. Vice versa with the phone – so easy to go back and forth. I also like that I have my goodreads account synced with my Kindle, so it shows me books on my “to read” shelf. I can click in a book and then it will take me to Amazon to buy it. So convenient! And when I start reading a book or finish, it updates my goodreads account. I definitely would recommend a Kindle. I take it everywhere with me!

  • Molly Kissel August 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I received a Kindle as a gift several years ago and was horrified and declared I’d never give up books . . . at first. But then I got an iPhone and added the Kindle app, and I loved it. I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old so I’m constantly toting around a lot of stuff . . . and now a book is one less thing to bring. With the Kindle app on my phone, my book is with me wherever I go. Plus, if I’m rocking a baby to sleep or up in the middle of the night, I can read my book without needing a light on. Do you have the big iPhone? If so, I think you don’t even need an e-reader, you could just use the Kindle app on your phone. At the very least, you could try that first. If you find you like using an e-reader device, you could always purchase an actual Kindle then. This way you don’t have to buy the Kindle to find out if you actually like it.

  • Heather S August 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Kindle and iBooks apps on an iPad. I use it for travel only and buy the physical books for home use. Best of both worlds!

  • Penny August 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Books can definitely be expensive but I don’t like the idea of an e-reader strictly because it just feels like another “device”. It’s too much like a phone/tablet and when I read I want to not be looking at a screen. That being said, inget all my books from the library. We have an online system where you can reserve whatever you would like and I get an email/phone call when they are on the reserved shelf and ready for pick up! So much easier than going and browsing and trying to find something specific only to find out it has been checked out by someone else!

  • Becki Stanley August 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I, too, am a book lover but began using a Kindle several years ago and it’s the most wonderful thing ever. Books are available at your fingertips at any time and are usually cheaper, sometimes free. I use a Kindle Paperwhite which is an excellent choice. I love the backlight so I don’t have to use a lamp in bed or in the middle of the night. I take it with me everywhere and it’s not bulky or heavy. Just go ahead and bite the bullet, you won’t regret it.

  • Katie August 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I love an actual book but my mother in law bought me a Kindle Fire 5 years ago and I LOVE it! I still read “real” books from time to time, but I love that I can download a book instantly, and the apps on my iPad and phone make it so easy to read anywhere!!! Plus, I love the Kindle Fire because it also acts as a tablet and can be used on flights or long car rides for my youngest son. With Amazon prime, we can stream shows, movies, etc. I also love that I can download books from my local library for free as well. My husband loves it too. Would highly recommend!!

  • Mama V @ Snowflakes & Coffeecakes August 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I’m going to be totally honest with you Shay, I didn’t think I was going to love my Kindle Fire, but I do. We have five of them in the house now, and they are so good for traveling – both for myself and for my little ones. You can load them up with books & movies, and you can always buy new things on the run, and you can share everything in your collection if you have Amazon Prime – or borrow for free! Saves a LOT of money, or you can download from your local library. I also don’t have a huge stack of magazines and books piling up that everyone else in the house can see, so I feel a whole lot less guilty! And I still go to bookstores and look at new books, that joy doesn’t change!

    The only thing I can’t go electronic on is my cookbooks – I have to see them and look at all the wonderful photos, and be able to make my own notes! I love me some Mix ‘n Match Mama Cookbooks!

  • Jen August 15, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I use them all. I had a nook for years and LOVED it but I still bought some books as well. My nook has since died and I use both my kindle app on my phone/iPad as well as buying actual books. You don’t have to be for one or the other you can love both ❤️. You will save a ton of money with either the kindle or nook or with the kindle app on your iPhone.

  • Dustie Day August 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Hi Shay, I have an iPad Mini and absolutely LOVE it. I love it for many reasons mentioned above but I can read in bed at night and don’t need a light. It also sinks with my iphone books so I can read where I left off, even if I don’t have the iPad with me at the time. One of my friends was just telling me there is a way to share books through “dropbox”. I have no idea how to use this yet but once she lets me know I’d be happy to share. This would seriously be the best of both worlds!!

  • Monica August 15, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Wow I am amazed while reading the comments. Can anyone enlighten me please. I have an android tablet . What are the best options.? I’m an old fashioned library person, but sometimes I want to read while waiting for an appointment or something.. thanks

  • Tate August 15, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I would definitely recommend a Kindle. I commute, and it has been life changing. I was gifted the Paperwhite and love it! It doesn’t feel like you are on a screen (which is nice if you use your IPhone, IPad, and MacBook all day). It has a backlight which you can turn on and off, which makes it easy when you are reading at night, and still doesn’t glare while reading by the pool. I don’t enjoy the app as much as it can be distracting to read on my phone, when notifications keep popping up. My advice would be to buy the books in hardcover that you think you will read time and time again, and buy the rest on an ereader for convenience! Hope this helps 🙂

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Try the Kindle app first. It’s a great way to try before you make the leap. You can store and read tons of books on your phone or tablet.

  • Jill C August 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Get an iPad so you can be all appled out 😉
    But seriously. That’s a majority of what I use my iPad for. It’s also great for netflix, etc. while traveling – you don’t have to take it out of your bag & it’s not as heavy as a laptop. It’s great for taking notes, i.e., at church. And fits nicely in normal sized purses, like a book.

  • Jessica August 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I also love the feel of books, but I like to read in bed at night when my husband usually wants to go to sleep and the book light was just too bright haha. I started just using my mini iPad with the kindle app…..i love it now! If I finish a book, or hear about something I really want to read, I can go right on amazon, find the book, buy it and its automatically uploaded into my kindle app and available right away. Thats the best part! I just turn the light all the way down on the iPad and I’m not bothering anyone and can read until whenever I want! haha

  • Carrie Marshall August 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    The two are not mutually exclusive 😀. I love e-books, new books, old books, library books, and everything else you can think of. For night reading, I always read a paper book to stay away from the light and help my brain shut down. I also always have a book or 2 on my phone so one is always with me. I use a kindle, and the iBooks app. Your public library will also have an app you can borrow books on that is free. We have that on every device in the house.

  • Erin Port August 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I use the kindle app on my iPad or iPhone if I am traveling and don’t have enough room to pack or if there is a really good deal on a kindle version. What I find is especially for nonfiction that I want to highlight, etc and although you can on the kindle, it’s just not as easy to do that. I did just sign up for audible in an effort to get more reading in and I do read an additional book or two a month this way. Right now I am reading Long Way From Home (book version of the movie Lion) and just wrapped up listening to The Lucky Few by Heather Avis! Good luck with your decision. xoxo ERIN

  • Allison August 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Don’t do it. Traditional books are the way to go. Plus e-versions can be…… ‘edited’ more easily if you catch my drift. Not to mention if the grid ever goes down (lol!), YOU’LL still be able to read! 🙂 Plus you can make notes in books, write sweet messages, use a bookmark, all those little things that are still fun!

  • Penelope Who August 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    This is not hard…GET A LIBRARY CARD

  • Rachel August 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I have a Kindle Fire and I LOVE it!!! It makes it so easy for me to finish a book and immediately start a new one. Also, it feels like I am holding a book because of the type of cover I bought. One thing that does bother me a little, but I believe it is the version of kindle that I have, is that I can’t read it in the sunlight. So I can’t sit at the beach or out on my patio and read. However, I know there are newer versions of the Kindle that you can read in the sun.

  • Cori August 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I had a kindle fire when they first came out because I read 1 or 2 books a week and hated lugging them around I won’t lie…I didn’t love it. I just couldn’t commit to it, but then I got my iPad mini and downloaded the kindle app that’s when it changed for me. Just toss my iPad in my bag and go! I still love real books every now and then but digital books are cheaper plus most public library’s use the cloud library app(I know the Mckinney public library uses this) where you can digitally “check out” books.

  • Jen August 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I think you should start by simply downloading the Kindle app on a current device (iPad, etc.). Read a couple books on there, take it on a trip and see how you like it. It is going to feel different for each individual. I love books, but sometimes when I am traveling (and read your book suggestions 😉 and need a book “now”, I just download it and read it through the app. AND…I still like books for the beach/pool. Hard to get sand and salt off a device, easier to wipe off a book 😉

  • Kristin August 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I put off an e-reader for a very long time due to the same reasons. I caved about 5 years ago and FELL.IN.LOVE with my kindle. I have about 200+ books on my kindle and can download the latest releases from our local library….without leaving my house! It’s so amazing! And the bonus of not carrying books when you travel is life changing 🙂

    I will say I read an actual book a few months ago for the first time in years and it brought back a sweet nostalgia. I’m not gIvins up my kindle but it’s ok to sneak in an actual book here and there 😉

  • Sonia Limon August 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I vote BOTH!! The kindle (if you want to use it as an I-pad get the fire with color – if its only for books then get the paper white – much easier on the eyes for reading), is great for carrying multiple books, traveling, doctors visits, etc. Since the kindle run on sale for $39 on Amazon so often I have one for each child with their own library…and with the kindle unlimited app – they can each have ten books “checked out” at a time so they have lots of great books, or they can link the public library using overdrive – so my girls love it…they get new books constantly without the wait and without having to go to the library! All great reasons to go with a kindle. However I love the smell of books, simple because it reminds me of my childhood and its peaceful,….so as a solution, I buy all my devotionals (thanks for recommending the All in All Devotional…I LOVE IT!) and certain favorite authors in hardback or paperback so that I can keep them, and or share them with others when I am done! There is no harm in both….you’ll just find kindle is much easier to take with you everywhere! It’s like carrying my own library that I can add to instantaneously…no waiting to get books in the mail, or penciling in book store time….they are always there ready to go!

  • Allison Palmer August 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I, too, am a physical book lover. My parents bought me a Kindle ten or so years ago when I was in college and taking my first trans-Atlantic flight so that I wouldn’t pack 30 pounds worth of books. I liked it (I have the 2nd generation Kindle, which doesn’t even have wifi, but I still use it today) but couldn’t give up my hard copies and continued to buy more and more books. I became a mom last year and I really made the switch just a few months ago. I realized my local library has the option to borrow an ebook which meant I didn’t have to pack up my toddler and leave the house to go borrow it. Sold! I am now a big fan of the kindle for fiction mostly, but still buy a hard copy of the ones I want to highlight/write in and of course my favorites that I read over and over.

  • Jenna August 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I always was old school about wanting a real book in my hand to hold, smell, see….and in yet another example of how my husband annoyingly knows me better than myself, he bought me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and girl, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more multiple books on travel trips. No more night lights shining in his eye or scattered around the house. No more trying to get rid of the book afterwards in a green-friendly way, especially if it was a dud I wouldn’t recommend. I kept my favorite books in hard bound of course – I absolutely loved books as home decor. And I still buy my top favorite author’s books in hard bound sometimes. But otherwise, I throw my Kindle in my bag and GO! I have the 2nd generation paper white and the battery goes for weeks and no glare – it really does literally look like paper!!! But I’m hoping to upgrade to the journey or oasis soon. I highly recommend the one with the back & forth buttons on one side – that’s what I wish I had right now!

  • Holly August 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I bought a Kindle because 1) I wanted a new book and I wanted it NOW… Kindle allows you to get the book with a click of a button and start reading it rather than waiting for the Amazon delivery. 2) My bags were overstuffed and heavy with carry actual books around. 3) When reading in a public area, say the waiting room at the doctor’s office) I just don’t want people to see what I am reading! 4) My Kindle Paperwhite allows me to read in bed without disturbing my husband while he sleeps!
    I have read so many more books due to owing a Kindle all due to the fact that it is easy to carry, and fits in just about all of my purses. And I can read it on the beach in bright daylight without the glare. I borrow ebooks from my library as well. Oh and I bought a super cute kindle cover on Etsy, too! The only negative I see is not being able to share my ebooks, unless there is something I am missing!!!
    So I vote YES!!! Kindle Paperwhite!

  • Cat August 15, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Ideal world, I prefer holding a “real” book. But real world, I love my old school Kindle (the equivalent today would be the basic Paperwhite). I’d suggest you purchase a dedicated e-reader rather than relying on an iPad, unless you plan to *never* read in a sunny area.

    I prefer not to spend money on new books when I can obtain them for free (maybe with a bit of a wait) from the library… so I check books out from my local library directly onto my Kindle via the Overdrive technology that interfaces with Amazon! Plus, no worrying about making an extra stop at the library or keeping track of due dates.

    As others have mentioned, the convenience of having dozens of books on one device is ideal for traveling.

  • Marie Claas August 15, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I love the feel and smell of books, i like turning the pages. But there are a lot of times when they are too bulky to carry. But i didnt think i could read on a screen and enjoy it. I started out by getting the NOOK account and reading books on my phone. Surprisingly, i found myself reading much more often than when i did before! Then i received a NOOK as a gift. I love it. I also sometimes read books in book form. Depends what i feel like doing!

  • Christine August 15, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I love my Kindle when I travel, but I prefer reading a physical book if I’m at home. 🙂 And I also find that it’s easy to read fun, fluffy reads on a Kindle, but if I’m reading something more intellectual (parenting or adoption books), I have to read a real book. (Sounds strange, but it’s true. 🙂

    Our local library also has Kindle books, so sometimes I read library books on my Kindle (for free!) and I don’t have to leave the house. (And if you put the Kindle on airplane mode, you can actually read the book longer than when it’s due without late fees. ;))

  • Megan August 15, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Gah!!!!! This is such a controversial topic. While my first choice is always a physical book I mostly read on my iPhone or iPad using the kindle app for a few reasons: 1. My book is ALWAYS available when I can steal a few minutes of reading time. Picking up groceries? Read two pages. Stuck in line at Costco? Read. 2. You can travel with ALL THE BOOKS and not take up precious luggage space. 3. I can read while the hubby sleeps. No pesky book Light. 4. Books are available immediately! No waiting on Amazon to ship. 5. Hands free reading. Drink your coffee and snuggle a baby all with your book propped in front of you. No need to hold it open.
    I would love a paper white but don’t want an extra device. Phone and iPad work beautifully!
    I still throw in a real. Ok occasionally to get my fix though😉
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  • Jessica August 15, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Kindle! For me it was sort of like a smart phone or Apple Watch: I swore I didn’t need one/would never get one, but now I can’t imagine not having it! The best part for me is being able to instantly buy books. If I get a good suggestion or I finish a book and don’t have another waiting, I don’t have to wait until my next store run to get my next book. It’s also nice being able to hold the book and “turn” the page with one hand. And the Kindle Paperwhite really does look like actual paper.

  • Dawn August 15, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I have the Kindle app and the Overdrive app on my iPad. I love that I can buy or check out library books instantly and from anywhere. Traveling is wonderful because I’m not packing 3 or 4 books. And, if I get stuck waiting somewhere, I can pull up the apps on my iphone and read from there!

  • Lesley McFarland August 15, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I’m sorry…I love reading an actual book. I do have a kindle and sometime use it when I travel.
    I will say my son uses the kindle app and does sooooo much better reading chapter books. Since he does don’t see how long they are. I say keep your books!!

  • Amanda August 15, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I have a Kindle and never use it. Honestly don’t even know where the charger is. I definitely prefer holding a book – there’s just something about it 🙂

  • Kristen August 15, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I am a fan of old school books..love holding them and love knowing if I am at the end of a book or not. I love my library and get all my books for free..even new releases! You can put alot of books on hold . I don’t buy books anymore and tried the kindle yrs ago but went back to books!

  • Jaime W August 15, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I have a kindle for traveling and read regular books at home. The one thing that I do now though is utilize the library! I save so much money each year by checking out library books, it’s amazing!

  • Charla August 15, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Just get the Kindle app on your iPad. Then you can go to Amazon, order the Kindle edition of your book, and have it delivered to your iPad. It will be there instantly. Cheap and easy!

  • Bev August 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I’m not an avid reader like you but my husband is. He started downloading in iBooks on his iPad so he could turn the light off and read long after I fell asleep. He loves it and now I do the same. I do still read regular books but now have gotten lazy and don’t like bothering with the light, ha! I say it’s definitely worth trying an e-reader but that doesn’t mean you can’t still buy a book if/when you want to. Decisions, decisions… 😊

  • Kristin Oldham August 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I am a total book nerd. Books are my favorite!!! I even love going to the library, but Barnes and Noble is my happy place. When I was finally convinced to get a Paper White Kindle, I was so against it. AND THEN I FELL IN LOVE. It is AMAZING. We travel a lot and not having to pack books is so so so nice!! I just throw it in my purse and I’m set. The Kindle Paper White also holds a battery for a super long time. And being able to read in the sun or in the dark with zero glare is fabulous! Also, you can get free samples. This is perfect when you’re not sure of a new author. It gives you a feel for whether or not you actually want to purchase the book. AND, let’s say you’re on a trip and you finished the book you packed . . . now you’ve either got to get one at the airport or try to find a book store. Not so with the Kindle! Just download one and it’s there in less than a minute! I’m a first grade teacher so I still hold books in my hands every day — CHILDREN’S books. I get my fix. 🙂

  • Jenny August 15, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I have a kindle and I loved it at first. This sounds silly but over time I could never remember the books I read on a kindle. You never see the cover. I also felt like I was hurrying to get the % higher as I read. And when I finished a book I felt zero sense of completion. It was almost as if it did not happen. The best thing about a kindle to me
    Is being able to have many books in such a compact device, not needing a book light and brig able to increase or decrease a font. The one last thing was my kids knew I was reading a book and not playing a game or anything but I did not like being on an electronic deivde I think it is better modeling to be reading a physical book. If I were to not read a book I prefer to use audible. That way when I am cooking or doing laundry or mowing the lawn I can listen to a book. Good luck!!

  • Kathryn August 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I love my Kindle paper white. I had the nook and it was not as user friendly as the Kindle. I don’t purchase any books – why waste the money when we have such fabulous public libraries? I borrow all my Kindle books from the library and it’s so easy. Each month when you suggest a book, I just go to my library account and either download it or put myself on the wait list!

  • Melissa August 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I fall in line with the book girls…I can’t imagine not holding the book in my hand, turning the pages, placing my bookmark inside…I know there are several benefits to using a Kindle and you might do well to have one as much as you travel, but for me I just can’t part with my books.

    As a former kindergarten teacher turned SAHM, I’m very conscious of both how much time my kiddos see me on my phone and fostering a love for reading. I want them to see me hold a book, get caught up in a story or laugh/cry aloud when I’m reading. If I’m looking at an i-pad or a screen, they don’t know if I’m reading or catching up on IG.

    We have an AMAZING local library that carries up to date bestsellers and new releases so I keep a list going on my phone of what I want to read and every week when we go, I choose from what they have. That way, I’m not spending any money and when I’m done I don’t have a big pile of books to discard. Win, win.

    Whatever you decide, I’m thankful to have a kindred book spirit and so appreciate your book lists each month (The Nightingale is one of my all-time favorites and I’ve read all the Elin Hildebrand books now thanks to you). Happy Reading!

  • Emily August 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Kindle – with the paperwhite technology, you can read them in the sun while laying out. Also check your local library’s online system. I live in Atlanta and read 95% of my books through the online library. Like a regular library, you “check out” books for 2 weeks – you can renew, and place holds and can download them all straight to your Kindle – all for the free cost of your library card! You also have your book on the Kindle app on your phone if you are ever in a period of waiting and don’t have your kindle on you. I now feel limited if I’m reading a paper book as opposed to a Kindle book.

  • Julie August 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I have both and use both. I love throwing my kindle in my purse and reading while waiting at pick up. It’s also great for traveling and you can add books if you need something new. I still read real books too!

  • Sydney August 15, 2017 at 7:12 am

    When I first picked up the habit of reading, I always read on a kindle, on the kindle app on my iPhone, or on my iPad. Then I started enjoying going to the pool and I wanted a real book. Now I’ve become a lover of the actual book in my hand. I enjoy roaming Barnes and Noble picking out books, and holding them in my hand as I read. All that being said, I sometimes also buy the kindle version so I can read on the go without having to carry the book around! It obviously increases the price of books, but for some it’s worth it! It’s the best of both worlds!

  • Jill August 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I love real books and that is what I read primarily. I will read on my kindle app at certain times and it does make it easier to travel with. I don’t think I could read on the kindle full time. I love real books to much.

  • Angela Ellingson August 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Hmm, I feel the same way! Love holding an actual book, but my kindle is convenient sometimes, so I do both! Sometimes I download a book on my kindle if it’s much cheaper, just can’t wait 2 days for Amazon prime, or I know I won’t want the physical copy on my bookshelf. But sometimes I just really need to hold a physical book, plan on reading outside by the pool (where it’s hard to see the screen), or want to own the physical copy. So I say go ahead and get a kindle, but do some of both. 🙂

  • Haley August 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I, too, use the Kindle app on my iPad! You can get free downloads from the library and Amazon Prime has monthly books and magazines for free as well! I STILL put books on hold at the library and get that “holding a book feeling” every other book or so!

  • Amanda Klein August 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I adore real paper books, too! ❤️ I just use our library! You should be able to reserve books online (best thing ever) and my branch will even take suggestions and has purchased several new releases before they came out! 📚

  • Allie August 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I love my Kindle! The best part about it is you can download an app (I use Overdrive), link up to your local libraries, and rent ebooks for free! It’s just like taking books out at the library, without having to actually go to the library! It’s so easy! Once you rent a book on Overdrive you can have it downloaded right to your Kindle! I’m linked to my local library as well as the Philadelphia Free Public Library (I live an hour outside of the city but they allow anyone in the state to get an online library card- you could see if Dallas has a similar library system) and I can browse both catalogs! I put myself on hold for the most popular books and then find some fun ones to read in the meantime! 🙂

  • Narci Dreffs August 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Oh, I love a real book! Can’t wait to hear about what you decide!

  • Dana August 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I feel the exact same way about books (love how they smell, feel, etc); however, I gave into the monster several years ago and started reading digital.
    If you have an iPad then you can download the Kindle app, Nook app and iBooks (so many options).
    Also, I’m sure your pubic library offers ebooks as well (mine does). It’s AMAZING! You check out a book online, read it in 7-14 days and return it–just like a real library only digital. Totally FREE!!!!!
    Just do it–you will love it! And you can always pick up a real book every now and again for old times sake. 🙂

  • Sara August 15, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I love holding a real book, too, but I don’t want to spend the money. And I look at a computer all day so an electronic reader is not appealing to me at all. I have the perfect compromise for you….check them out from the library!!! You can hold a real book, save your pennies and support a fabulous city service!

  • Deanna August 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I’m an avid reader and was given a Kindle as well and I love it. Books are generally cheaper, it’s much easier to travel with, and it’s light enough that I can carry it in my purse on any day and pull it out if I’m waiting somewhere/bored/in a park/etc. I love a new, real book too – if I’m really pining for a book, I still buy the physical ones! I would totally recommend it. You will love it 🙂

  • Debbie August 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I have both. Like you, I love the feel and smell of a book, and will never give that up. I love sharing my books with friends, or having a stack of books friends have shared with me. I reluctantly bought a Kindle paperwhite just because all my friends had one. And I really love it too! Bedtime is my favorite time to read. I can curl up in bed with my Kindle with all lights out, and have plenty of light to see. It is so lightweight and easy to hold–easy to pack or slip in your purse. I also love reading on my front porch. This Kindle is so easy to read in bright daylight too. But my favorite part? I always have something to read. The minute I am done, I can download another. There were so many days in the past that I finished a book, and then had nothing to start unless I took a trip to the library or bookstore. Get one. You won’t regret it, and you can still read both.

  • Leslie August 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m an avid reader and I travel on business and it’s been wonderful to not have to worry about whether I have my book and whether I might finish and have to get another one, and books are one more thing to weigh me down. With my Kindle, and the Kindle app on my iPhone, iPad and laptop, I can pickup where I left off reading wherever I am! I always at least have my phone with me. I could manage without the Kindle; however, the special screen is easy to read outdoors, and I love to read on the deck or pool/lakeside. You can share books through the Kindle app. I’ll occasionally buy a book if it’s something special that I want to mark up and/or keep to refer back to. Finally, it’s saved me so much money! Make the change!!

  • Nicole Robbins August 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I have been one of the people asking why in the world you don’t have an ereader yet! It’s life changing! Like you, I love the entire book experience (minus wasting so many trees for paper!!) the feel, the smell, the book store, everything but I was gifted a nook & love it! Many of my circle had nooks so we share books often (not sure if you can share btwn kindles & nooks) so& also borrow from library without worry of having to return them on time! Many authors (that I read anyway) offer specials of books discounted or free, and if not, often cheaper than paper. But I love it most for reading in bed, on the go: I often get a chapter or 2 or 4 in during car line, dr’s office, grocery pickup, etc. it’s great for beach, outdoor reading & so light & convenient! I still love a book but you won’t be disappointed with ereader. I hear good things about kindles too but I personally have a nook. I tried reading on my phone but the lighting is not made for that & is very damaging to your eyes & brain, where ereaders are not, per my opthamologist & neurologist! You can’t go wrong with nook!

  • Julie August 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I say real books all the way! It helps support authors who are taking a big hit in the days of amazon. It gives your eyes and your neck a break…we weren’t meant to be on screens all day! And in terms of wanting to spend less…you can order used books on amazon or go to the library. My three kids love going to the library and we make it a regular practice. Good luck with your decision!

  • Kelsy August 15, 2017 at 7:28 am

    For the longest time I was SO against getting an e reader. I finally broke down this summer and purchased the kindle paper white and it is hands down THE BEST purchase I have made this summer. I went on a trip out of the country this summer and was able to easily bring 4 books with me without the “bulk” of carrying them around in my suitcase of purse. It fits so easily in my purse, and is connected to my phone. If I ever forget to bring my kindle and I’m waiting in line somewhere, I can whip out my phone and continue reading where I left out. It’s super easy to use, and you have the option to buy books trough kindle for the device, or you can get the app overdrive. With overdrive you can checkout books from your local library and have them delivered right to your kindle! My sister also has an e reader and we are able to link accounts and share books that we purchase. With that being said, I think it’s pretty clear I may just be in love with my kindle (:

  • Mona August 15, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I use the (free) kindle app on my iPad. You could try this out first to see if you like it before purchasing a true ereader. I still prefer books, but the kindle app is great for storage and when I want a new book “right now” and I’m in PJ’s! You can borrow (some) books from the library on kindle and some (not all purchases) can be loaned to friends to read on their kindle. This is the hardest for me – not as easy to loan/swap books with friends. And not all books are cheaper on the kindle. Most are the same price (especially new releases) while some are less and a few are even more!

  • Lauren August 15, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I absolutely adore my Kindle! I have the paper white Kindle and love how small and portable it is. I used to be the girl packing 5 books for a week long vacation and love that now I just have one small device. There is no glare on the Kindle and it does not strain your eyes like the iPad does. My local library also has digital checkouts so I actually read most books for free, which is a nice perk too!

  • angie g August 15, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Use the library!!!

    I stopped buying books a few years ago unless it was one that I would underline in and refer back to (authors like Lisa Harper, Kelly Minter, Melanie Shankle, etc.) And, the library has most books I have wanted. I put them on a list online, and they email me when they are ready for pick up at my neighborhood library. I walk in, find my name on holds shelf at the front, check out and leave in about 2 minutes!

  • Beth August 15, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I love my Kindle. It took me a while to get used to it but now that I have I love it. When we are at home I still find myself going for a traditional book but I especially love my Kindle for traveling. We even just bought our kids the Kindle Fire 8 kids edition and I love it too. My 6 year old loves to read and this way she has access to many of her readers she needs for school. One year of free downloads is included with the kids edition. We recently traveled to Colorado and it was so nice not having to pack anyone books!

  • Taylor Powell August 15, 2017 at 7:31 am

    My husband gifted me with a Kindle for Christmas last year. I had always thought I was a die hard book in hand girl until that moment. I never realized how much I needed one til I had it! It’s the basic Kindle–no bells and whistles like apps, etc because i really like not being distracted by social media, messaging, etc when I read.

    i LOVE it, especially for traveling because i could have 4-5 books on there, but the whole thing weighs about half a pound. if that. i also love that i can still use the library because they have ebooks for loan now! so I’m still saving money in that regard.

  • Alexis deZayas August 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I’m so curious about this too! Can’t wait to come back and read the comments! I have heard that a Kindle uses a different kind of light than your phone does so it’s not as hard on your eyes as reading something off of your phone. Great topic choice 🙂

  • Kristy Best August 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I love the feel of books as well and was hesitant to buy a Kindle but now I absolutely adore having one! I love that it’s so light and I can easily load it with all the books I might need for a vacation or extended trip without having to add extra weight to my carry-on luggage. I also love that I can carry it with me at all times and have multiple options on it so I can read wherever I happen to be and have options depending on my mood. It’s also great b/c I can read at night without the need for a book lamp – which I just haven’t quite gotten the hang of – and it’s anti-glare so it’s easy to read at the beach or outside. The Kindle option is also nice b/c you can download the Kindle app on your phone and you can read your Kindle books on your computer, too, so if I’m really hooked on a book, I can use various platforms to pull it up – if I’m at work I can do a quick read on my lunch break on my computer or if I’m out and about but forgot my Kindle I can pull it up on my phone. I do, however, continue to purchase books that I think I’ll read again or classics that I want to keep on my book shelf. As much as you read, I think you’d love it!

  • Tracy Doubts August 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Real Book!!

  • Rachel August 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I love books. Borders bookstore was one of my favorite places in the world and I’m pretty sure I grieved when they closed. Nothing is better than the feel/smell of a real book. That being said I have a Kindle Fire. When I first attempted reading an e-book it was on another tablet and my major problem was I would forget I was reading it, I liked having the physical reminder of a book on my bedside table or coffee table – I wouldn’t look at my tablet and equate it with reading. Now I have a Kindle and have come to like reading that way – mostly for travel. It is wonderful to be able to bring as many books as I want without having to lug them around. I still will buy books, particularly by my favorite authors.

    One perk of the Kindle is with Amazon Prime they offer free books/magazines. I’ve read several free books through Prime and really enjoyed them – I also have downloaded issues of magazines I normally wouldn’t spend the money on to flip through on my Kindle.

    I think if you look at it as another way to read books it’s great. I think it doesn’t and shouldn’t be one or the other it should be both!

  • Sheaffer Sims August 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I have ZERO opinions on this.

  • Wendy August 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I have had a Nook for 10+ years and I absolutely love it. It is very portable, you can take it with you everywhere and always have something to read. Going on vacation you don’t have to have an extra suitcase just for your books. If you finish a book, you always have a new one at your finger tips. You never lose your place in your book. You can read in bed at night with the light off. You can borrow books from the library. That being said, I do still buy books for personal development, devotionals, inspirational etc. So basically anything I know I want to take notes in, highlight, underline I will buy a real book. If it’s just for entertainment purposes only, I use my Nook.

  • Cori August 15, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I am with all you book lovers who love holding the book and turning the pages…the smell, the feel, all of it…an e reader is just not the same. It is, however, super convenient! I think you just use both… a real book when it is convenient to get, take with you, etc. Have an ereader for when you are on vacation and need multiple books or other situations that make it more convenient. The “best of both worlds!” I would say I would get an e reader with a light on it…I love to read in bed at night, but hate dealing with turning on and off the night stand, waking up my hubby.
    Our public library is great! I can browse online, select books for them to pull, and then walk right up and pull them of the shelf where they are reserved for me when they have them ready. (usually within 24 hours) I bet McKinney has this service. Like you, I struggle with spending so much money on books that I will likely read one time.

  • Tina H August 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I have 3 young boys (8 yo and 5 yo twins). I purposefully read books. If I have an iPad or kindle out, my boys will want to use the electronics more and constantly ask. I want them to see me reading actual books so they are clear that’s what I’m doing. I want to model it for them since I don’t let them read books on electronic devices. Maybe when they are older I will switch, but for now this is important to me. Something to consider, perhaps?

  • Cathy August 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Absolutely love my Kindle Fire!! A friend gifted me her old Kindle and I became a believer then my daughter gave me a Fire which is even better! I’m older/old school and held out for years saying all of the reasons not to have one. But finally realized there aren’t many I want to keep forever and would end up giving away/donating etc. I’ve always carried a book with me everywhere I go (a habit since childhood) and a Kindle is so much easier — especially when near the end and you know you’ll finish before returning home — the next book is right there! I also love being able to read in bed without a light on — can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep with light on and that’s no longer a problem. And if I want to re-read a book it’s readily available. Can’t imagine not having my Kindle!

  • Stacy August 15, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I have a kindle like the cheapest one you can get — I don’t love it — I want to love it but I don’t — I read on my iPad via kindle app sometimes and I love that more — I tend to go back and forth between real books and ebooks– you can preview ebooks so a lot of times I download a bunch of samples say from your book reccomendations and figure out which ones catch my reading eye — if I’m hooked I buy and read electronically and other times I wait for a book book to come because I know I’ll want to share — traveling with my IPad or kindle is easy easy new books at your finger tips !!!

  • Robin August 15, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Both!! Kindle is convenient for reading on the go and reading in bed (get the kindle paper white), but an actual book is so much better to hold and to share! I also love the library for books and ebooks!

  • Connie August 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    For years I swore I would never give up a real book. I loved the feel of a book, and I loved holding a book and turning the pages. However, about seven years ago, I got a Kindle.. The Kindle was the beginning for me. I began to see the advantages of having all of my books on one device. I used the Kindle for a couple of years, and then I got an iPad. Wowzer! Once I got my iPad, I downloaded my Kindle books onto the iPad with the Kindle app. I also downloaded the I-Book app onto my I-Pad. Now, I have hundreds of books at my fingertips on one device. I have everything on my iPad – my emails, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and hundreds of books! One device. Put it in your pocketbook when you travel, read in bed without turning on a light, take it to the doctors office and read while you’re waiting,… The list goes on. I promise you, once you move to a device you will never regret it!

  • Ashley August 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Oooooo I love your topic today! It’s difficult for me to say because I love reading and have loved holding a book in my hands my whole life, but getting an e-reader is something you should consider. Even if you share books with friends and family, it’s still so much paper that you are using. Getting an e-reader would be an easy way to help save the Earth.. the Lord calls on us to protect His land. What a great example to show your kids that instead of all the trees that are cut down for your books, instead you chose a way that saves paper!!! How cool is that? Maybe you could try 1 paper book a month and the rest on an e-reader. Also, you do save a lot of money with e-readers and get your book instantly! Money that could be spent helping others adopt, your church, etc.. please, please- really consider it!!! So many positives with e-readers. I hope your readers consider it too. 🙂

  • Rachel August 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I love holding a new book, going to pick out a new book, etc…..BUT I was gifted a Kindle one Christmas years ago, and it’s literally changed my life! I have the newest Kindle now. Even with my case, it is SO SMALL (ie: fits everywhere and I never feel it). The pages don’t get ruined in my bag because there are no pages. Books are typically much cheaper when buying the Kindle version. You can organize your Kindle – so I have “Books I’ve Read” and “Book To Read” in addition to the books on my front page that I’m currently reading. You can have no backlight (preferable) or turn the backlight on to whatever brightness you want (great for bed, plane, etc). For books where I’d highlight or make notes, you can do that on Kindle too! So easy and you can even export your notes/highlighted portions to your email!! The Kindle is not hard on your eyes due to how the screen is. If you were to read the Kindle app on your phone/tablet, it’d be similar to staring at your computer for that long. Also…you can buy books on the Kindle through the store (when connected wirelessly, very simple to connect) or you can buy books on your desktop and have them delivered over wireless to your Kindle (also very simple). I LOVE my Kindle and have always thought you’d benefit from & love one so much!

  • Katelyn August 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I resisted a kindle for a looooong time, but now that I have one, I have no idea why!! It’s so practical for laying in bed and reading. (I have the kindle paperwhite and highly recommend it!) I check out books from our local library on it, and it’s just simply the best! I always go search the library for the ebook versions of most books from your book reviews 🙂

  • Rachel August 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    If you have an Ipad, I totally recommend trying the Nook app first to see if you like it. I travel often for my job and it has been a lifesaver. I no longer need to haul my laptop, ipad AND books. The best part is the convenience of getting new books – If you finish a book mid-trip, you can download something new in minutes. Same if you don’t love what you’re reading and want to change it up. The downside of the ipad is that they are hard to see when you’re outside in the sun and I’m not comfortable leaving my ipad laying out – say, if I’m at the beach and want to jump in the ocean or go for a walk. So I suppose if you’re often reading outside, the Kindle and Nooks are better choices!

  • Melissa August 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Pretty sure anyone voting for books has never used a Kindle! I was in the same camp myself, until I discovered how easy it is to download books from the library and take on vacation. You can also share books, which I just discovered this year. Still have books, but having both is the best of both worlds.

  • Lisa August 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I am a big fan of my Kindle. I read almost as much as you do and having all those books takes up so much space. I use my library and always have 8 books on hold at a time, when they come up, they download. I also get the Kindle emails, and occasionally purchase books on sale. I like that I can hold it in one hand, don’t have to worry about losing a bookmark and don’t need a book light. If I don’t know a word I can highlight it and see what it means. If I am reading about a particular place I am not familiar with or want to learn more about, I can go to my browser and look it up. I also use Goodreads and when I start a new book and finish a book the status automatically updates on Goodreads. I have a Fire and also use it as an iPad. The downside is you can’t read a Fire outside. I have an original Kindle as well and just deliver the book to it and it syncs to the page I am on. If you have an iPad then I would recommend the Paperwhite for reading indoors or outdoors, as well as reading at night.

  • Lindsay August 15, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I have a kindle – and LOVE it! I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a reader – with a toddler, one on the way, a full time job, and life in general there’s not much time, but that’s what makes the kindle so awesome! It fits in my purse, I it holds my place without fear of losing book marks or bending the pages. I can highlight, flag, comment, use the dictionary, etc. The biggest advantage to me was the lack of glare. I’m often reading on a plane or in the sun, and it has really helped my eyes. For as often as you read and number of books, I’ll think you’ll love that the minute one is done you have plenty more options ready to go 🙂

  • Elizabeth Whisler August 15, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I was a holdout for a long time wanting to hold on to my beloved books. But, someone gave me a Kindle for a Christmas present, assuming it would be an awesome gift since I’m such a reader, and it turned out, they were right. I love it. I still love a book. But I don’t need “one more thing” to carry, or forget to bring. And now that I’ve downloaded the Kindle app to my phone and Ipad, I have moved on from the actual Kindle, because as with the actual book, I was trying to lighten the load in my mom-bag. When at home, I typically will read on my ipad, but when out and about and waiting at doctor’s offices, car pick-up, oil changes, etc., I can always just open the Kindle app on my phone and it takes me right to the page where I left off on my ipad. One downfall, is the actual Kindle, and Nooks I believe, are anti-glare, the ipad and phones are not so I plan ahead for that in case I’m not in the shade somewhere.

  • Cathy August 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Kindle Paperwhite – I LOVE IT and I always have it with me. I could give you a long list of selling features, but the biggest selling points are the backlight (which is matte and easily brightness is easily adjusted) and convenience (you can check out library books from home – super easy). Of course you can still purchase kindle books from Amazon (anywhere anytime), or buy actual books from a bookstore from time to time too.
    One other thing I read somewhere was not to use one of the apps for kindle/ereader on your phone or your tablet, because then while you are reading you could be easily distracted by notifications (and find yourself absorbed in Pintrest or Instagram).
    The Paperwhite isn’t really that expensive, get one, try it, if you don’t love it, give it to one of the kids, donate it, or sell it.

  • Melissa August 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I am a huge reader and I love my Kindle! I have had it for 5 years and it is still in perfect condition! Also, I download the Kindle app on my phone so if you just have your phone with you, you can pick up right where you were reading! This is helpful if you are waiting around somewhere and forgot a book or your Kindle for entertainment. I would totally recommend one!

  • Katie August 15, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I’m an avid reader and have had 3 kindle’s…I had the very first version and have upgraded every few years. On average I read about a book a week and the kindle makes it so easy to do that. I still enjoy going to book stores and will occasionally still buy a “real” book. The kindle is light weight and so easy to travel with, take to carpool, kids appointments, etc. I really can’t imagine not having it now as it’s always with me. Highly recommend!!

  • Emmaleigh August 15, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I would say to start using the kindle app on your ipad and see how you like it. Thats what i do. Then when you travel you are only bringing one device. Then later if you want something separate you can buy a kindle and everything will transfer over.

  • Kristine August 15, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I love to read a REAL book! 🙂 Plus I mostly read at night, and I’d rather not be on a device before falling asleep. I hear you about the cost and space of real books though. I recently rediscovered the library, and it’s pretty awesome! I go online and reserve the books I want, and they’re ready for me when I get the get there! Of course, the newest titles aren’t always available, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with all the books!

  • Lynn August 15, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I love to read a physical book and use the Kindle App on my phone and IPad. So I usually have two books going at the same time. That way I have the convenience of an ereader when I go to appointments, or somewhere that I need something to kill time without needing to pack a book in my purse; while still enjoying a physical book at night when I go to bed!

  • Cortney August 15, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Oh, I love love love holding a book. It’s one of my favorite parts of reading. But then I had kids that I loved to rock to sleep. So I started reading a book on a kindle. It’s okay. I usually have one book going on the kindle and another real book going that I usually only read when I’m at home. I pretty much have stopped using my kindle and now just use the kindle app on my phone, one less thing to carry!!!!

  • Amber Vance August 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I’m going to sound strange but I promise I’m not! 🙂 During the summer I read actual books. I love taking them with me to the pool, beach and mountains. But in the winter I love my Nook. If it’s a book I know I want to keep I’ll purchase it. Nook offers a section of cheaper (some are free) books that I normally would not buy in a store but since they are such a good price I’ll download them. I still love going to the library and bookstores. They are my favorites!

  • nichole August 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I am a HUGE reader and I actually use both. I had a nook for a very long time and also have a kindle paperwhite. I also have the nook and kindle apps on my iPad. I go in spurts – sometimes I read a bunch of ebooks and then I switch back to paper books. What I really find the kindle helpful for is travel. I am someone who likes to have options when reading and I may switch between two or three books at one time, or if I’m traveling I KNOW I will finish one of the books and then may not want to read the second one I brought with me. The kindle is lighter, more portable, and has more options than if I was bound by the books I carried with me – and it frees up space in my carryon/suitcase.

    I also like having the option of having the app on my iPad as that makes it even more portable. My only caveat with that is the kindle paperwhite I find is easier to read in the sun than the iPad since I can sometimes get a glare on the iPad which I don’t get with the kindle paperwhite.

  • Marcy August 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Real books, libraries and bookstores! After being on a computer all day for work, I look forward to reading minus the screen. I check out, buy, trade and donate, only keeping an occasional treasure.

  • Casey August 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

    100% books here!!! I love holding it, knowing where I am (sorry a page number on the bottom does nothing for me), there is nothing like a good book. But I’m also a girl whose date night with the hubs almost always ends at Barnes and Noble and coffee! I adore old bookstores, I just love real books!!!!

  • Trish August 15, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I am a reader and a traveller. 6 books in my suitcase causes a problem. I was a reluctant kindle purchaser. I had an embarrassing moment hauling said 6 books threw the airport on our way to Hawaii and decided to give the Kindle a try on our next trip. I am a convert. It works perfectly in all light (unlike an iPad) and doesn’t wake my husband when I read late into the night. Be gentle with yourself it doesn’t have to be all or none! Ease into its use on your next big trip. You will love it.

  • Emily August 15, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I got a kindle fire a couple of years ago during Balck Friday and it was like $35. You can’t beat that. And in New York, my public library has a e-reading lending library so I can borrow e-titles from the library for two weeks. They don’t have everything but whatever they don’t have I can get on amazon. I would do it at least for traveling purposes. I can’t stand a heavy bag and I can’t imagine carrying books on a trip anymore!

  • Becky Dern August 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I am actually a HUGE library fan–I think it is such an untapped resource for so many of us. I have a nook and an ipad that I use sometimes when I travel to save space, but for the most part I choose physical books from the library. I read books pretty quickly so sometimes when I’m going to be gone for more than a few days, I will download some books on my ipad from the library (SO easy!). I totally get what you mean about the physical book though–I could never switch completely to an e-reader. 🙂

  • Brinkley Brown August 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    So, I love books, but I also love my eReader. I originally had a kindle (the kind that you can read in the sun), but then when I got my ipad mini, I started using the kindle app on there, everything I need at my finger tips! Plus, I really don’t use my eReader outside or in the sun, so need for that no reflection thing. let’s face it, i’m too clumsy and that thing would end up in the pool…So, I enjoy my “real” books by the pool or outside!

  • Shannon Criscola August 15, 2017 at 7:57 am

    One thing I love about my kindle is being able to work out while reading. I increase the font size and read while doing my cardio on the treadmill, bike or stairclimber. It makes the 30 minutes go by so much faster! I can’t exercise with real book, the text is too small and constantly turning pages is awkward.

  • Vickie August 15, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I love books! I spent my summers in our public library. Beloved books are my friend and I can’t bear to part with them, but with that being said, I am on my THIRD Kindle! I just got a new Kindle Fire that is about the size of an iPad mini. I LOVE IT! I have thousands of books on my Kindle and very few I have paid full price for! I have enjoyed being able to take it with me on the go and not have to have some book taking up so much space or weight in my bag. I say give it a go! I did not think I would like a Kindle since I love EVERYTHING about books but I can even highlight in my Kindle and it remembers where I left off! Give it a try!!

  • Sarah August 15, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I’m totally you – I love books and I couldn’t fathom why I would want an e-book. And then my husband gave me a Kindle and now I’m totally in love. It’s hooked to my Amazon account and I pay the $9.99 per month for Kindle unlimited and get to read as many books as I want. Plus, the Kindle books that I do buy are a bit cheaper than being at the store. But truth: I still buy books because I like having the feeling of them. The Kindle just makes it easier to travel and I don’t have to lug 4 books with me on vacation every time we go anywhere.

  • Madita August 15, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I love real books but I recently started reading on my Ipad while traveling and stuff. Its handy, light weight and you can use the apple book store as well as the kindle app.

  • Peyton August 15, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I used an iPad in high school and have been using one ever since for reading. I like the iPad because it has multiple functions and makes travel easy. Also, you can just adjust the brightness and don’t need a book light. The only downside is that it is hard to see outside. Whenever I’ll be at the pool or beach I always read a regular book because light doesn’t impact them and its not a huge deal if they get wet.

  • Cindi August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I felt the same way about books…until someone gave me a kindle as a gift! Now it’s my preferred choice for reading. You can easily carry several books at a time, it’s easier for reading in bed at night, and when you want a new book…you have it instantly. 🙂

  • Jenny Wilson August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I love books! But I love my kindle too! Great for backup. And most of the books I buy are kindle deals so they are $2.99 or less. But I still read (and buy) physical books all the time!

  • Lauren Austin August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I’m old fashioned and love to hold a book too but I got a Kindle for Christmas last year and I love it. It goes everywhere with me so I can read at a moment’s notice. Love it.

  • Amanda bordonaro August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I was just like you — so unsure of whether I wanted one or not because I loved going into bookstores, holding books, even the smell! My mom ended up getting me one for Christmas, and before our flight to Mexico (almost a year later), I decided to load it up since it would be easier to take on the plane. Of course I ended up accidently leaving it on the plane and was pretty upset that I hadn’t had a chance to read all of those books I’d downloaded. So my mom (gotta love her) bought me another kindle the next Christmas and I don’t know whether it was the loss or what, but this time I started using it regularly. I take it to work all of the time to read on my lunch break, I read it in bed because the light doesn’t keep me up like an ipad/iphone light does — it’s excellent. I still buy books from my favourite authors, but this is a nice way to read books I’m not 100% sure of before I buy. I don’t know about where you are, but we can even get library books on kindle, which is pretty awesome!

  • Denise Garibay August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I love my Kindle! It is a lightweight, compact little device. The charge last for weeks and books are so easy to download..a little too easy ! It is a definite must for all book lovers. You can even share books with other Kindle users. I still buy some books, but the majority are on my handy little handheld device that goes with me everywhere!

  • Tracy August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Kindle Paperwhite. No glare. Love mine. I still prefer an actual book but this is a good option for taking several books on the go or grabbing a book on a great sale at Amazon.

  • Tina August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I am with you! I love reading the actual book and could never imagine enjoying the book as much if I was reading from a screen. I used to buy books all the time. Now, I order all my books from the library and it is awesome. I am not spending money or trying to find a place to store them after I am finished reading. Since I very rarely reread a book this arrangement works for me. The only drawback is waiting for the book to come in if it is a new or popular title. You are a quick reader like me, so you should give this a try!

  • Lauren Arcuri August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Well I think you have to reconcile this in your head also: if you buy an e-reader there’s nothing stopping you from STILL buying books. You don’t have to choose and stay married to what you decide. I love my kindle (though – full disclosure I use it less than I used to) because the kindle app goes with me everywhere on my phone. Kindles are super reasonably priced and there are always sales. I put my phone in airplane mode and read on the subway or while waiting in line, etc. because it doesn’t waste data, doesn’t use too much battery, and syncs with my kindle at home so easily. Now I only buy books that have earned a place on my “all time favorite” book list (The Night Circus, Snow Falling on Cedars, Station Eleven) and deserve a spot on my shelf/a little extra money. Also, I think it’s worth it to have access to kindle unlimited which is basically like having a library card for certain books in the kindle store for a very reasonable price. I’ve used kindle unlimited to try different authors and genres without being disappointed if I’ve spent money on a book that just wasn’t for me.

  • LA August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I had a kindle and liked it for a while…. then I missed going to the book stores and holding the real books. I also love to lend books to friends after I read them. My suggestion is to get the Kindle App on your iPhone and iPad! I sold my Kindle, and now I read some books on my phone or iPad using the Kindle app or IBooks app and it’s the perfect balance! I decide to buy online version or print version based on price. I think this is the best of both worlds option! When I travel- iBook, when I’m at home- real book! Love it!

  • Renee H August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I love reading from books. My vote is to keep reading with books and do not buy an e-reader.

  • Bethany August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    My passionate response (LOL) is both! I love both! I love having the Kindle app on my phone and iPad. They sync together so I can read when I am out or when I just do not want to carry an extra thing (book in this case) with me. I also love the feeling of a book though. For me if it is a light fun read that I’ll just read once then I go with the Kindle version. If it is a devotional book or reference book then I want a physical book. So I say do both! Or just get the app on your phone and see what you think.

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I love my Kindle… especially for travel. I always was carrying my current book, one to read after that and then a back up in case that one was bad. Now you only have to pack that one device… think of the extra room you’ll have! haha

  • Sheila August 15, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Love Love Love my Kindle Paperwhite! It’s inexpensive, so convenient to carry in my purse, so easy to read – even in bright sunlight, like on the BEACH! And best of all, can read in bed at night with NO flashlight! Will never go back to actual books!

  • Anna Henderson August 15, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I love books but I also really love my Kindle. I find that it’s much easier to read my “fluffy” books on my Kindle, and if I come across a book that I really really love, I’ll buy it. That way I’m not drowning in actual books all over my house but I still have a few that I love on my shelf!

  • Deena August 15, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I’ve had a Kindle since the older ones which my dh still has and have since upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite. We load library ebooks on before vacation and can bring several books each without taking up luggage space. I love it and seldom buy books anymore because I just don’t want to deal with them afterward. I sometimes read on my iPad mini or iPhone Kindle app and you can sync when you switch back so you’re up to date. That’s good when you’re waiting and forget to bring anything to do. I buy Kindle books also but either way you can manage the content on Amazon. You can share but there are limits. The Plano library has a lot of ebooks through the Overdrive app and especially love it when I can get my book club books there. If you’re not sure, why not get the Kindle app and try it on your tablet?

  • Kara August 15, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I know there are free books on kindle but most that you really want to read will be for some fee. I had a kindle a while back and realized this. I say stop paying for books and use your public library!! I read many best sellers as well as plenty of other popular books reviewed on your site and others. I put the books on hold – always have a list and get them when they come in. I have no shortage of good reads! Most libraries also offer kindle versions to check out if u prefer… for free!! Just saying 😀

  • Lauren M August 15, 2017 at 8:04 am

    OMGGGGG knowing how much of an Apple product lover you are (apple watch, macbook, etc) I am actually SHOCKED you don’t have an ipad!! They are soooo convenient and make reading so easy! Highly recommend if you invest in an e-reader, get one that has more functions than just books (aka the ipad!!!! duh!!) you will definitely not regret it! I was also a “real” book lover, but you get used to the ipad and can still slurge on a real book every once in a while and it makes it feel even more special then! Cant wait to see what you pick!!

  • Amy August 15, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I love my kindle and use it when I travel or am in the go and it is too hard to take a real book with me but I still prefer a real book. My true love is the library. I don’t buy books. I use the library and am there at least once a week. I’ve turned my kids into library lovers too. You should check out what your library has to offer. Ours has e-readers that you can borrow. It would allow you to test run before purchasing it to see if you like it. My library also has an app for my phone that basically slows me to request any book that I’d like to read and they email me when they get it in. I’m passionately pro-library!!

  • Abby August 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I bought myself a Kindle 6 years ago and I have never looked back! I am a book lover, I am always reading, and I had just moved to a new area and a new job and was lugging around books to read on my lunch break. I bought the Kindle when I was reading a particularly huge book and dragging it everywhere with me. I love a good book, but the convenience of the Kindle is EVERYTHING. I now don’t have to store a million books in my house, I frequently borrow books from the library on my Kindle, and I can take it everywhere so easily. I can hold it with one hand without getting a hand cramp lol. I also have a cover for it that doubles as a stand, so when I find myself out to lunch alone or at a coffee shop, I can prop it up using the cover and eat my lunch.

    Get the one with 3G. That way, if you are not on a WiFi network and finish your book and need a new one, you can download one immediately. https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Paperwhite-E-reader-High-Resolution-Built/dp/B01BFIB1SA/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1502801812&sr=8-7&keywords=kindle+paperwhite

    Also—-it pairs with Goodreads! So when you are reading something, it will update your goodreads account.

    AND—–the battery life is great! I put mine in airplane mode so it isn’t looking for wifi or a 3G connection, and the battery lasts every bit of a week, even if I am reading regularly.

    Oh AND— you can download the app on your phone or ipad, in case you are caught with some free time and no book. I don’t love reading on either because of the glare. I have gotten spoiled by the Kindle Paperwhite. Even with the backlight (great for reading in the dark lol), I can read for hours and hours and it never hurts my eyes (any more than a regular book would).

  • Cindy Swanson August 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I love love love my kindle. I have the paper white one that is just like reading a book. I love that I can just download books from the library for free. It is so easy to take places too. I do also buy regular books because sometimes you just want a book to hold but I really love my kindle

  • Julianne August 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Why not enjoy both? I am a voracious reader, an avid library user and a busy traveler. Why lug books along when I can simply use my tablet? At home, I’m still a book girl all the way. Like you, the feel of a heavy book in my hands is bliss. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note that works well for travel, I can use it for Internet, movies, e-reader and it’s so small/light. Just get the Kindle app and you’re good to go. I personally can’t see why an exclusive e-reader is a good idea when a tablet is so dang multipurpose! Happy Reading and please
    keep your Book Reviews coming! (Reading Winter Garden right now!)

  • Leslee August 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

    A book in the hand is worth two on an ereader …
    Isn’t that how the saying goes?!
    I tried a kindle years ago and never loved it. I love marking my place…seeing my progress…sharing a book with friends or family. If you’re sharing with friends and they with you then the costs are shared. I also am one who likes to look back at something a character said or did and it’s just easier with a book.
    A lot of readers say books are heavy! What?! I
    don’t think books are all that heavy! If they are well then I can consider reading one part brain workout and one part arm workout too! Haha
    Plus, I love supporting bookstores. They are magical!

  • Sydnee August 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Why can’t you enjoy both? I love my kindle. It comes in handy when I’m traveling and I don’t want to lug too many books. But when I’m home, i like having a few books on the nightstand as well. But if I had to choose, I’d choose the e-reader. 🙂

    http://www.designbysydnee

  • Barbara Parnell August 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I am old school and love to hold a book as I read. I also feel that we spend far too much time on our devices,and would much rather be reading a book thatn reading from a bright screen. As long as purchasing books is within your means, I say stick with the books! You can always donate them later if you have too many..there are many nursing homes,rehabilitation centers, shelters,etc., that would love to have them! You can even set up a free little library in your town. Maybe a reader would be convenient for travel, but I’m forever a book lady. Happy Reading.

  • Cheryl August 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Love love love my Kindle Paperwhite. My major selling factor is that it is so much easier to eat and read at the same time – ha! Plus when I don’t feel like buying a new book, I’m able to download one through our library.

  • Jessica August 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I think a Kindle is a good purchase! I probably use mine most when traveling or at home. I have the Kindle app on my phone and like that I can just pull up whatever book I am reading when I am waiting somewhere or have a few minutes to read. It’s especially nice, because you don’t have to carry around your Kindle and who doesn’t always have their phone with them? I’ve also recently learned how to download e-books from my local library, which is nice. You don’t get to keep them forever, but you don’t have to pay for them either or go to the library to get them.

  • Cathy August 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I love real books. Nothing will ever replace a real book in my hands. Using book darts, making notes in the margins and just holding a book (and having people ask “what are you reading?”) is all part of the reading process for me. But I have a Kindle, too. There are free books every month through Amazon Prime that I like to read, sometimes a book I sort of want to read is very inexpensive on Kindle, and sometimes I just can’t carry a real book but want to make sure I have something to read in case I have a few minutes. And sometimes I can get a book from the library on my e reader faster than a physical book. You can do both!

  • Kristine August 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I love my Kindle. For me personally it has changed my reading life. I love the compactness of it. I find myself reading more than I ever did. Easy to toss in your purse/bag without the bulk. I have Amazon Kindle Unlimited which for $10/mo you can read books for free or purchased for a discounted rate downloaded to you kindle with just a click of the button. My son reads a lot but prefers books. He likes the feel and smell of the pages. He has mentioned a Kindle would be convenient at night. You can read at night with the backlight dimmed and not bother anyone else sleeping.

  • Niki August 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Should you decide on a kindle, I highly recommend the paperwhite version. If you do not have a backlight you can’t read in bed without a lamp or clip on light. I know because I went the cheap route not knowing if I’d actually use a kindle so I bought the version without the light thinking I would just get one of those cute little clip on lights, which is REALLY bright in the dark! Kindles are great because they are quite durable and SO lightweight for travel. I love that I can reserve ebooks from the libary and download to the kindle when the become available. The kindle app is also on my ipad so the book automatically shows there as well. Usually I read on the ipad unless I’m sitting by the pool (glare) or reading in bed. The kindle app knows where you are in the book so you do not have to search for your last page read.
    With all that being said, I am an avid reader and love books. Book covers are my weakness! There’s something about selecting a book you’re drawn to because of the cover. I check out books from the library, usually by logging on and putting a hold on books then going when several are on hold before they expire and are put back on the shelf. The anticipation is great! Just as good as getting the Amazon package with a book, but better because it’s free to read library books 🙂
    And the books you want to share, or have a hard copy of your own… you can always purchase!
    On another note, our neighborhood has a Little Free Library, it’s adorable and well stocked!

  • Brice August 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I love to hold a book in my hands! If I’m reading a chick lit book or mystery, I probably wont read them again after I read it once. So I either get it from the library, borrow from a friend or use a kindle. Christian based books, devotionals or inspirational stories I usually buy from a book store because I like to highlight and/or take notes in the books and I usually re-read them at some point 🙂

  • Teri August 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I love both! I have a bookshelf that is the length of a wall and it is full. I still haven’t read all the books so it’s like my own personal library. I have an old 2nd edition kindle. It has hundreds of books on it so storage wise it is wonderful. I travel a lot so I love knowing I will always have a book on hand. There are a lot of great deals on kindle. Whole collections for a good price. I also have the kindle app on my iPad and phone, but most of the time use my kindle. My Dad gave a kindle back to me I had given him for Christmas a few years ago. He wasn’t using it so I gave it to my 7 yr old and she is reading The Boxcar Children series on it. I got the series for a great price. She loves physical books and the kindle. I still buy books I really love or books for a book signing.

  • Dina August 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I LOVE my kindle fire. It’s so great for travel — all the books you need, or think you MAY need, are in one small item! But one of the things I love most — my husband no longer complains that I leave the light on to read when we go to bed…..instead I can read (I use the black background and white font) — and it doesn’t put out much light at all. And if I wake up in the middle of the night, I can turn it on then, too! I do a lot of borrowing of ebooks from our library. I may buy them later (as an ebook) if I loved them….but if I didn’t love them, no money lost!

  • Kyndra August 15, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I have found I don’t read as much if it’s an E-book. I feel like I spend enough time staring at a screen that I enjoy putting all that down and reading. I found a great website called booklender.com which basically allows you to rent REAL books on a monthly subscription. It’s like the old school Netflix but with books– you have a queue of books and based on your subscription they’ll send you a book and when you’re done you mail it back with the pre-paid postage and they send you the next one– it’s a way to keep me from having to buy new books all the time, but let’s me read an actual book! My subscription I get 2 books (but they come individually) so I read one while I wait for the other to come in the mail). They have different subscription options based on how many books you read! I love it!

  • Meg August 15, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I love physical books, but my husband gave me a Fire for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I still buy books on occasion, but it’s so nice to always have my Kindle on me. For traveling, it’s amazing to not have to pack numerous books. I check out my library’s e-books constantly. It’s a HUGE money saver.

  • Sarah August 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    YES! You need a Kindle! I am an avid reader (on book 43 for the year) and as much as I love holding an actual book, a Kindle is just so convenient! It literally fits in every purse and you no longer have to wait for books to be delivered. You click “Buy Now” and it’s yours. And even better, you can check out ebooks from your local library. I seriously cannot tell you how much money that’s saved me! The charge lasts a couple weeks and ughh, I cannot rave about mine enough. Get one, you’ll love it 🙂

  • Whitney August 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite! I love that it’s not so harsh and bright like my iPhone screen. I only read books on it. Its not like an iPad where you can play games or check emails or anything like that. It is strictly for reading, and I love that. I also love that I’m not having to store all the books I’m reading in my house because I read a LOT of books. I also get daily emails on ebooks that are on sale that day. That introduces me to SO many great books that I wouldn’t otherwise have read if I had to buy an actual book at full price. I have copies of my very favorite books, but I absolutely LOVE my Kindle. I have thousands of books at my fingertips in one little device. 🙂

  • Beth August 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Go to the library! It’s completely old school, I know my friends make fun of me, but in my county, you can request any book (they have all the new releases!) and they notify you when it’s in your branch & ready for pick-up. Free and you get to hold the book in your hands! Win, win!

  • Kim August 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE my kindle. I use the paper white and I love that the screen looks more like pages of a book rather than a tablet screen with words (if that makes any sense). It’s great to read in the sun, and the backlight makes it great to read in the dark. I have so many books and save tons of space in my home, when I’m traveling, and even in my purse. I also use the kindle app in my phone and the audible app so I can read (and listen!) to books on whatever device I happen to be using (and it syncs to your current page across all the devices). It’s a hard plunge to take at first but I did and haven’t looked back.

  • Sandi August 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I use both….Kindle while on vacation and real books at home. While I’m traveling I love the small, practically weightless aspect of a Kindle (paperwhite), but at home I love holding and reading actual books. I keep my feet in both camps of this debate.

  • Ralinn August 15, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I purchased a Kindle and although I did like it I decided to get an Ipad. Ipad does so much more and my IPhone sycs to my Ipad which I love. I just downloaded the Kindle app and have it set up on Amazon to deliver to my Apple products.
    I also love the feel, smell, and joy of having a book. I found it is easier to travel with all of my books on my Ipad as opposed to packing several. I’m sure you will be happy with whatever decision you make.

  • Lauren August 15, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I too love everything about holding and reading an actual book. BUT I too thought about the money and how easy it would be to just use Ebooks, so I started using my ipad and using the app to read books. I must say, I HATE reading on a device. I would MUCH rather hold an actual book, it is just so much better and I pay more attention to what I am reading when I have an actual book. KEEP THE BOOKS!!

  • Alice H August 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    book lover who still checks out books from the library! so I do not spend money on books and I don’t have to take up space with them either. I just go online to our library, put a book on hold and go pick it up when it comes in.

  • KAthleen August 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    If you have an iPad, you can put the kindle app on it and use that. I do that for traveling. Takes up much less room when packing then a stack of books! But in general, I do prefer holding a book to read vs using a kindle.

  • Angelique August 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I have the Kindle app on my iPad and occasionally read books on it, but I’m like you in that I’d prefer reading a “real” book. I do LOVE audiobooks, though, and actually blogged about that today. Maybe that can be a good fix for you!

    http://www.fourpointsmom.com

  • Jan August 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I, too, love books and libraries. But like others, I now use the kindle app on my iPad and phone and also listen to books on audible. I bought a kindle, but since I have an iPad and iPhone with the app, I really didn’t need another device to carry around. So, I sent it back. Try it on your iPad first and see what you think.

  • Sara August 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I also love books and swore I’d never use a Kindle. Then I was going to Hawaii (the longest trip I’d ever taken) and decided to go for the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s awesome. ESPECIALLY with how much you travel, you should really have one. It doesn’t weigh anything, you can have a ton of books in there. I still keep my favorite books on my shelves, and every once and awhile I buy a hard copy when they’re super cheap or I want to take one to the beach (I personally don’t take my Kindle to the beach/lake). But they’re awesome. You can also check out eBooks from the library online which is so great and saves money.

  • Chasity August 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Well….I love to read and I read rather fast so it does get very expensive purchasing books, however I am still in the camp of actually wanting to hold a book in my hand to read! I go to the library often. I do have a nook and a kindle and they are good for travel because they don’t take up a lot of space but other than that I tend to stick to the real thing!

  • Steph August 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    GET ONE!! Everyone that has an e-reader thinks they will not use it because they are a book lover and then ends up loving it! I have a paperwhite kindle and it’s awesome. I love being able to track my % complete and love that it tracks my reading speed and estimates this book will take me 6 hours and 41 minutes to read, etc. I read much faster on my kindle PLUS the online libraries are seriously AMAZING. It’s really worth the gamble. Worse case scenario you’re only out $100!

    Here’s my 3-step plan for you:
    1) buy a kindle
    2) buy an adorable kindle cover (love the kate spade ones)
    3) connect your library card to your kindle (I use the “overdrive” app)
    4) take it everywhere with you and never look back!

    xoxo

  • Adrienne Rhoads August 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I’m torn! I have an old Kindle that is not backlit, so doesn’t have a screen glare. It’s good for travel when I may be reading a lot and can’t pack 5 big books. That being said. I love books. Same as you, love the experience of choosing one, the smell, all of it. I also think it is really, really, important for kids to see us READ. Children’s books are no comparison on a reading device. Their little hands need to see pages, turn them, all that. I worry that if all my kids see is me staring at a screen, that I will look like I do when I look at my phone, or computer for work. As an educator I am passionate about fostering literacy. So. I try to keep a book in my purse for waiting rooms, and when the kids are playing together I try to read a few pages in a book. I think it’s a great example to set for them. I limit their screen time so they should see me limiting mine! Just my thought!

  • Staci Patyrak August 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I feel the EXACT SAME WAY that you do about books and bookstores! I mostly still buy and read books. I do have a couple e-books on my iPad and something about spending too much time reading on that affects my eyes. They get dry and sting. With the good old fashioned book, that is not a problem. If a book falls into my favorites category, I might keep it on the shelf, but otherwise I pass it along to friends or donate it to a library or something along those lines. I say follow your heart!

  • Debra August 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Easy solution…real books when you’re home, Kindle when you travel!

  • Danielle Kirchner August 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I’m a book lover. Got a kindle and did use it, but I went back to books. I currently check them out from the library to save on cost/space. I was spending SO much and had run out of space so the library has been a huge lifesaver for me. And my 2 yr old loves to go get new books now too which makes my heart happy! The kindle definitely saves space when traveling, but I found that I didn’t like that I couldn’t flip back in it. Emily Giffin, for instance, references things from other books and I like flipping back in the book or other books to find that particular character or event she’s referencing. So I was a book person that tried to make the switch and ended up going back to books.

  • Jenny August 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Oh my goodness – go for the ereader! I have a NOOK and have for years. I do remember having trouble deciding if I should take the plunge; however, I am so glad I did. Why? You can read so much easier in bed because your arms don’t get tired from holding a book. Also, they have small lights in them so that you don’t disturb the person sleeping next to you. When you travel, you can take several good books along with you without adding to your bag. Many times the ebooks are less expensive than the physical version as well. They are easy to take to the pool too. I can’t even tell you how much I love mine. Plus, I guess they’re greener as well. 🙂

  • Linda August 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I’m just like you… I love everything about having an actual book. I know there are 100 reasons why it makes sense to go “paperless” but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I love everything from the experience of getting lost in a bookstore and reading every book cover jacket to the smell of the book. I’m with you on this one! If you do decide to go the paperless route, I would highly recommend making sure you get one that is anti-glare. My mom has the kindle fire and said that the glare is awful and makes it very hard to read on the beach.

  • Brittany August 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I use the kindle app and that way I’m not totally invested in an e reader and can read real books at times too without feeling like I’m wasting my money on a kindle! Best of both worlds!

  • Kristi August 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I use both! I love the feel of a book. But as I’ve gotten a little older, I like using my iPad with the Kindle ap because I can change the font and don’t have to wear my reading glasses. I also take my iPad with me when I travel because it’s so much lighter and far less bulky. I’m always reading two books at once. One real and one on my iPad.

  • Alex August 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I buy books when I find them on sale, otherwise I use my iPad mini and LOVE it 🙂

  • Cheri August 15, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I have a Kindle that I want to sell because I have an iPad that I put my ebooks on. It is nice when you travel but there are some books that I like to actually have the book because I pass certain ones on.

  • Meredith Conboy August 15, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Definitely stay with books! Before we know it, brick and mortar stores will be a thing of the past. How sad is that? Support your local book stores!!!

  • Nicole in WI August 15, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I am a huge reader and my Kindle Paperwhite is literally my favorite thing ever. You will get over the physical book thing. It’s just so nice to be able to have all your books in one place and then be able to bust it out anywhere. And I like the screen and how it feels like a book versus reading on a tablet. I have an office job and already stare at a screen too much! Paperwhite for the win!

  • Jessica August 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I feel you! I am so back and forth about it as well. I was gifted a Nook years ago when they first came out, and if it weren’t for that being a gift I most likely still wouldn’t have one because I am the same way about loving books and I strongly dislike reading on my iPad! That being sad, reading on a Kindle is totally different than reading on an iPad. (I switched from Nook to kindle when my Nook started to go — Kindle allows you to use a library app and/or get amazon pricing!). So — that being sad, I still get torn between book vs Kindle because I love love love late night walks through Barnes and Noble 😉 holding a book in my hand, etc etc so here is my rule of thumb;
    -if I don’t think it’s going to be a FAVORITE book and won’t mind it not displayed on my bookshelf, kindle
    -if above and it’s available on library app, kindle
    -if the price isn’t that different between ebook vs actual book (or book is cheaper!), book
    -if the cover is so pretty it has to be displayed on my bookshelf :), book
    -if it’s summer time or a vacation read, kindle (so easy to read on outside!!)
    -if I’m loading up multiple for a trip, kindle (can load a backup- don’t need to worry about reading too quickly or packing so many heavy books!
    -favorite author new book or book Shay says is amazing, book

    Hopefully this helps! I think you’ll find owning one beneficial, just don’t judge it based on reading off your iPad and don’t think it has to be all in either way!

  • Tina August 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

    All other reasons aside (I see pros to both), it’s so much more gratifying for me to look at an actual book and feel like I’m breaking away from screen time. I also prefer my kids see me reading an actual book, instead of staring at another screen. I do so much on my phone/iPad already…work, texting, grocery list, to do lists, etc, etc, etc…and a book is a nice break from that. I know I would fall in love with the convenience of a kindle, but I don’t want to. I use my Bible app on my phone a lot (because of the convenience) and, when my family or friends are around, I almost feel like I need to announce to them that I’m actually reading and not just playing or browsing.☺️ When I’m holding a book, no explanation is needed.😉

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design August 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I love having a book in my hand but would love to eventually purchase an iPad for my reading!

    Laura Likes Design

  • Jo Biddick August 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’ve loved books since I was a little girl and never thought that there would be anything that could top a real life book, BUT I’ve been converted and absolutely love my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. I’ve got the Kindle app on my phone too so I can read ANYWHERE! I remember going on an overseas trip pre Kindle days and I packed 5 large novels, my bag was sooo heavy, I’ve over 900 books on my Kindle and I can hold them all in one hand 😀.
    In case you couldn’t guess, I LOVE my Kindle ❤️.

  • Tanya August 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I’m Team Kindle, primarily because it allows you to borrow book downloads from the public library. Nook does not have that features. Our local public library has one of the largest e-book selections of any library in the country. Every month when you post your book reviews, I go through and mark those books on my online library account. I download a couple right then and save the others so I have a list ready when I need more books. They don’t have EVERY book but I would say they have most of the ones I’m looking for – certainly enough to keep me busy! And the Kindle Paperwhite is by far the easiest on my tired, old lady eyes!

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    So, I had the same inner argument as well! I love the smell of books and feeling the paper . . . .But, I have found a happy medium. I had one of the original Kindles, and then this past Christmas my husband got me the paper white one. It is small and so easy to take with me and stick in my back, where as a book is heavier, bulkier, etc. So it is really nice in that way. I also really use it to check out books from my local library, that I don’t want to buy. I still buy/borrow books but this is another way to read that is a little more convenient! Lastly – I love my kindle- I can turn the lights off and read in the dark without bugging anyone!

  • Jo Biddick August 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    P.S
    The Kindle Paperwhite has a built in light so I can read with the light off and without straining my eyes from screen glare.

  • Missy August 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I have a Nook that I bought a few years ago, used for a while, but went back to actual books. Just like them better. I do have a question I’ve been meaning to ask….what do you do with your books when you finish reading them? Pass them to someone else? Keep them? Sell them back to bookstores?

  • Jenny August 15, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I love reading and I want to hold the actual book. With that said as much as I read it gets expensive to buy books. I put all of mine on hold on my library’s website and they email me when they have them ready and then I pick them up and read them. That way I’m not spending the money on books and then figuring out what to do with them when I am done. My daughter has an e-reader and loves it, but I like doing it the old fashioned way.

  • Abby August 15, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I LOVE BOOKS TOO…but was tired of them taking over my house and spending more on a book…so I took a leap and asked for a Kindle for my birthday…I LOVE IT! I got the new Kindle HD 8inch and it is the perfect size. I do not like holding it by itself (thin and slippery in hands)…but with a case it is easier for me to hold comfortably…and just absolutely great. I love it because it gets great reviews but is MUCH more affordable than an IPAD. I just didn’t want to spend much. But now…instead of just reading on it…I have all sorts of apps, my email accounts etc…on there…and it is just another great way for mama to stay organized! HAPPY READING! Most libraries have free checkouts by the way for kindles! IT’S AMAZING!!!! And as quick as you read…the allotted time will be perfect for you!

  • Stephanie August 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I’m old school so Team Books, here. Everywhere you look someone’s face is aglow from some sort of technology. I love going to a bookstore or the library and browsing…confession-I’m also someone who misses spending time in a Blockbuster! Going somewhere to pick out a book also encourages my kids to read and as they get older they need more and more encouragement.

  • Casey August 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    My mom bought me a Nook about 5 years ago – was VERY resistant. I cannot tell you how much I love it!!! I was a fast reader before (about 1-2 books a week), now I’m at minimum 3 books a week! I also have several eReader apps on my phone in case my Nook battery dies & I’m not in a place to charge it. I still like to go to bookstores, especially to read a few pages of a book I’m thinking about downloading.

  • Ashleigh Denissen August 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I bought a Kindle about a year ago before going on vacation. It’s great for travel, but when I’m at home, I much prefer to have a real book in hand 🙂

  • Jennifer August 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I’m just like you in that I need to hold a book in my hand. So since I know I’m not going to read the book over and over again, I just check them out from the library. Sometimes that means I have to wait a while to read a really popular book, but it is worth the wait to save all that money 🙂

  • Holly K August 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I love an actual book too BUT the Kindle is so convenient because not only do you have it on your Kindle BUT there’s the kindle app on your phone that it links up to so anytime you’ve got a free second you can be reading on your phone without having to haul an actual book around in your bag. I always have two books going at a time….one actual book (because I just can’t quit it but I don’t buy them I am a BIG fan of the library) and one on my Kindle (so that I can read anytime and anywhere). The other nice part with a Kindle is that no matter where you are when you finish reading a book you can instantly start a new one, oh and it also links up to your Goodreads account so as soon as you finish a book on your Kindle it goes right to that Goodreads screen to review and rate it. I say go for it, you won’t regret it!

  • Stephanie Zaleski August 15, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I have an old Kindle Fire and I love it. I use it to read and watch Netflix. My friends and I started a book club this year, and the Kindle has saved me so much money. I can rent e-reader copies through the Chicago Public Library. I get them for 3 weeks and can put books on hold also. I highly recommend some form of Kindle! I miss real books sometimes, but you can look at as saving some trees 😊

  • Kacy August 15, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Kindle Paperwhite for sure. You are already an Amazon user and Kindle will fit right in with your Amazon use. But you don’t have to stop reading Books just because you have an e-reader. If I LOVE a book I read on my Kindle, I’ll buy the book. If it’s a meh book, then I don’t bother getting a keeper copy. 🙂 You can also usually borrow books from your library on an e-reader without ever leaving your home. I think you would probably find yourself reading MORE books, (if that’s possible for you.)

    • Kacy August 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

      And trust me when I say just got for the Paperwhite and not a regular kindle. You’ll be able to read anywhere at any time because it’s back lit.

  • Madeleine Williams August 15, 2017 at 8:44 am

    What if you bought books used or utilized your local library? Then you have the best of both works. It is cheaper and more ethical, plus you are supporting small businesses. And – you still get to hold and smell a book without wasting copious amounts of money of them.

  • Lindsay D August 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I do both! I buy the actual book if it is a classic to me and I want to have it displayed in our Den. If it is a quick read that I will never want to read again I buy the download version.

  • Ruth August 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I’m real a book person for much of the same reasons…The smell, the feel of a book. My parents mentioned once they wanted to get me a Kindle and I said no thank you!!

  • Alyssa August 15, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I love actual books, but don’t like paying for them. I also dislike e-readers. My solution is the library! Our library is connected through an inter-library loan system, so if our local branch doesn’t have a particular book, they will get it from another. I keep the link bookmarked on my computer and request constantly. They call me when it’s ready and I just drive downtown, walk inside to pick up the book and drop off any finished books while I’m at it. We pay taxes toward our library, so I figured I may as well get every dollar’s worth out of it- and I have! It’s also nice that I get to read any book that I want and I don’t have to have books lying around taking up space!

  • Amanda August 15, 2017 at 8:47 am

    My husband and I both had e-readers, but always find ourselves going back to books!!! It is something about holding a book and turning the pages. 🙂

  • Laurel August 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I recently switched to a Kindle (I don’t know what version, it was a gift) and I love it. Occasionally I still buy a book so I can read while floating in the pool, but the best part is that you can easily rent e-books from the library. It’s so easy and has saved so much money!

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I fall into the “real” book category but I also recommend using the library. I started using it a couple years ago and it’s a great way to cut down on costs and book clutter.

  • Emily August 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    What a great question!! And I can weigh in easily on both perspectives. My mom and dad share a Kindle, and I have read a couple books on it. I do like it, it’s convenient and small, and with Amazon Prime (and other Amazon resources) it’s easy to check out books for free, and buy e-books for cheap. I have an iPad, and I use the Kindle App. I enjoy (again) the convenience of the size, the ease of checking out/buying books, and how simple it is to travel with so many books all in one device. I recently went to Europe for a few weeks, and it was great to bring just my iPad with books loaded onto it, instead of bringing tons of hard-copy books with me that take up so much room in your carry-on.
    HOWEVER. I am a HUGE FAN of original, hard-copy books. I have always been an avid reader, and there is a certain pleasure in picking up an actual book and reading it cover to cover. There is a huge technology emphasis in this world, and although technology makes things easier at times, reading an actual book is so important. Not to mention, the last thing I need (and I think a lot of people can relate), is more screen time. I am a teacher, and children seeing their parents (among other adults) reading books is crucial for their literacy development. When children see parents reading, it helps them understand that reading is a fun and important way to spend time and to learn. It helps spark their interest in reading (which many students nowadays have trouble with). Even if you are reading a book on a tablet, the kids only see the tablet- not the book.
    Lastly, as a child I LOVED going to the library with my mom. We would check out so many books to read together and to read by ourselves. It was always a special time for us and so fun to explore the books the library has to offer. You don’t need to spend money on books (unless of course you want to buy it). Going to the library is a great option to save money, spend time with your kids, show your children the importance of reading (which ultimately helps their education), but still get that happy I-have-a-real-book-in-my-hand feeling. Don’t give up on real books yet! 😉

  • Laura August 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I highly recommend purchasing physical books that you know you are going to read when you are at home. But when you go on any type of trip I HIGHLY recommend downloading books on an ipad! It keeps things much more compact and you can read through books SO MUCH faster.

    It will also keep you in the apple family and you can still go to the bookstore! Happy medium!

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I also had a hard time giving up my books – but the toppling towers of books everywhere taking up space convinced me to take the plunge. I bought a Kindle and never looked back. I have the Kindle Fire and I LOVE it. I can’t imagine life without it. It allows me to try a lot of books and keep the ones on my Kindle that I love and get rid of the rest. Plus, Amazon lets you download a sample of a book, so you get the first chapter or so to see if it’s something you want to continue. My favorites I still have in “book” form, but it has been a good, space-saving decision for me, and I take it everywhere I go. Go for it!

  • Keisha M Dawson August 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I love, love, love to hold a book, and my favorite time to read is right before I go to sleep, however. several years ago, my sweet husband told me that my book light really bothered him when he was trying to fall asleep, and I knew I had to figure out another way to read in bed at night. My kindle app on my phone then became my best friend. I’m able to turn the brightness all the way down and do black background with white letters. It doesn’t bother him a bit, and I still get to read. It has been a win, win for us!

  • Linda Henderson August 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I love reading. I love books. I love bookstores and want them to remain with us. Bookstores host author events with book signings which are wonderful. I love visiting libraries too.

  • Kristina August 15, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Definitely go for a Kindle!

    I am a physical book-lover as well so I trade off. I’ll read about 5 books on my Kindle to everyone 1 physical book when I crave that feeling of a paper book. Normally the physical books I get are ones I would share with friends and family or classics I would want to have on a book shelf.

    The Kindle is also great for vacation so you don’t take up tons of space carrying books and if you finish all your books you can always order more. Definitely get the one with 3G in addition to WiFi so you can always download books on the go.

    Another perk is you can lay any way you want and it’s so easy to hold the kindle, no holding pages open like with a regular book.

    Also, definitely go for a Kindle that has a back-lit option so you can read at night without bothering anyone.

  • Jill August 15, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Paperwhite w/ light and WIFI (I have one w/ 3G but not sure totally necessary as I’m not usually downloading books where I don’t have WIFI). Great indoors and out. Great for travel as only need one small device.

    Avid reader and LOOOVE the Kindle (this is my 2nd one)- can’t imagine going to regular books again/book lights, etc. You can change font (I make mine a little larger than I need- makes me feel like I’m giving my eyes a rest from screens).

    You can get books on Amazon or local libraries usually have options to borrow.

  • Darla August 15, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I like both… it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. I like the feel of a real book and usually borrow from the library to cut down on the storage issues. When I travel I take my Kindle Paperwhite. I borrow electronic books from the library using an app called “Overdrive” and download to my Kindle. I have one kid that exclusively uses his Kindle, two that goes back and forth… Also – I have a kid in college that downloads his textbooks to his Kindle when they are available to do that way. So I say do both!!

  • Kristina August 15, 2017 at 8:55 am

    One more note…you’ll also realize what you really love is READING more than physical books. That was a huge realization for me. You still get that amazing feeling reading a book, whether it’s a Kindle version or physical version.

  • Sonia Patel August 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Nook. I have the plain old Nook Glowlight Plus and it does the job for me, and it does it well. I like that it’s waterproof which makes it great when I’m at the beach or near a pool so I don’t have to worry about anything splashing on it and ruining my nook. I like that I can often purchase ePub books from other places (doesn’t have to be Barnes and Nobles necessary) and load that onto my Nook as well if I find a cheaper location to purchase it from. I like that when I go on vacation I can load multiple books onto it so I’m not worried about running out of books to read (major score with this since it means I can pack more clothes!) and it’s so incredibly light in my hands compared to a real book! As much as I love real books, I’ve noticed I’m much more likely to read it if its on my nook because it’s easier to take on the go and, since I live in NY, it’s great for commuting with. I also like that it doesn’t have the glare of an iPad so it’s better for me to read with it late at night and I can always see it in the sun. Simply put, I love it!

  • Wendy August 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I agree I prefer a book! I find I stay focused better and get into the story or message more. However, I did purchase a kindle paperwhite for travel. I’m a fast reader and for a week trip I would need to pack 5-6 books. So a kindle saves me a ton of space. I chose the kindle paperwhite because of price point and that I can read it easily in sunlight if I’m at the beach or pool.

  • Sarah August 15, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I side on the side of real books. I love to read in the bathtub and I wouldnt want to do that with electronics. I will say I am a huge library fan. I really can find anything I need there. I request what I want including books for my daughter and they email when they are ready, usually a day and then I just walk in and find my name. I am in and out in five minutes. They only books I buy are books I know I will want to read multiple times like Harry Potter for my daughter or certain devotional books for me. Happy Reading

  • Jenny Jo August 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I’m definitely a go to Barnes and Nobles, get a book, and hold it in my hands kind of person! I bought myself a kindle- at Barnes and Nobles, downloaded a few books and couldn’t even read them because I wasn’t a fan. I ended up giving it away and then a year or so later decided to download a new book on my ipad mini and again didn’t even read it.. I’m on my computer, ipad, and iphone all day long (or so it seems) so if I have the opportunity to look/read a physical book I’m all for it , its like a change of visual scenery!

  • Julie August 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    As a girl who is constantly reading multiple books, I found having an e-reader a sensible decision and actually an easy transition. I mean, who wants to carry around all those books?? The real battle for me was which e-reader. As a loyal Apple user, I was opposed to buying anything that wasn’t an Apple product. I forced myself to use my iPad, even though the glare when reading outside was terrible. I refused to be honest with myself about the need for a Kindle. This summer I finally let go of my fruit{less} pride and bought a PaperWhite Kindle. It’s very basic and perfect for using when reading by the pool (or anytime you’re outside). It’s also rather inexpensive. I absolutely love it!

  • Ashlee August 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I finally decided to get the kindle because I was tired of lugging a bunch of books on vacation (because what if I finished them?! I need more!) and I have never regretted it. Seriously it fits in even my smallest crossbody so I can always have a book with me for times when I can only get a few pages in. The reason I’m commenting though – if you decide to go with an e-reader I suggest not using your iPad the thing about the kindle is the pages are like book pages so your eyes don’t start to hurt. I don’t like reading on my iPad after spending all day looking at my phone and my computer.

    Also I check the majority of my books out from the library and I never have to leave my house! Good luck on your decision I know it’s not an easy one!!

  • April Bryan August 15, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I use both!

    During the summer when I’m off from teaching I go to the library all summer with my kids and we check out books. I also love going into a bookstore too.

    During the school year when I’m busy and the kids use the school library more and on trips I use my kindle and check out books through the online library and buy books through amazon.

    There are pros and cons to both!

  • Brandi Tooker August 15, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Yes! I use my ipad mini to read and then it syncs with my iphone so I always have a book with me at all times! I love downloading books so easily and not having books take up space (on a minimizing mission!). Holding books is nice but I am getting old and I like being able to make the print bigger on my device!! Ha!

  • Erica August 15, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I love actual paper books, too! About 5 years ago when we were in Hawaii I was out on the beach with my iPad trying to read (with terrible glare)-while everyone else had the nook/kindles. So when we got home I bought the Nook which was so much better! At that point I think they were just coming out with the ones with a backlight. A couple years later I really wanted a Kindle because it’s linked to your Amazon acct. (just easier) and they had the backlight version, so I bought that one. My husband-who was never really a big reader borrowed mine and pretty much never gave it back 😉 Within the last year they came out with a white colored Kindle paperwhite (so pretty!) with backlight and I love it! I travel, and it is definitely easier than bringing a bunch of books like I used to. However, I will continue to buy paper books depending on what the book is, because sometimes they are nice to have. The Kindle is easy to read at night in bed with the backlight and also great outside in the bright sun. You won’t regret having one! 🙂

  • Paula Sintermann August 15, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I’m a huge book lover as well! Like you I love the smell of books, I love bookstores and I love holding them. However, just like you, I love travelling and due to that have purchased a kindle a few years ago and I must say, I love it! I still buy books from time to time , but the fact that my kindle is so lightweight and holds so many books at the same time just can’t be beat for travelling.
    Plus it has it’s own, relatively eye friendly light that makes reading whereever possible and easy. So I don’t regret my kindle at all, because it is very fitting for my lifestyle! I’d recommend it to you in a heartbeat!

  • Abby slaton August 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I do both! I use my kindle so I can read on the go like waiting in carpool, dr offices etc. but I still love books! So I buy books to take on vacation or read in bed.

  • Beth August 15, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I bought a refurbished Kindle thinking I would NEVER use it unless I am at the beach and let me tell you something I am not sure how I live without that thing. You can just toss it in your bag and go! I LOVE it and use it multiple times a day!

  • Lindsey August 15, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I got tired of all the books piling up so I just bought a Kindle a few months ago. I love it! It is so lightweight, there is no glare and the battery actually stays charged for quite some time. I find myself checking the battery often to make sure I don’t need to charge it and most of the time I still have at least half the battery life left. To me it is also easier to hold. I also like that the books instantly download. I tried using an iPad and I didn’t like the glare or the fact that it was so big. The Kindle fits in your hand perfectly.

  • Angela Cooper August 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I have a Kindle Fire and a Kindle Paperwhite that I love but when I find myself wanting to hold an actual book, I go to our local public library. I visit the library about twice each month and download to my Kindle often during the month. Amazon Prime has free books at the beginning of each month. I decided to stop buying paper books many years ago because you have to store those things somewhere! And they get dusty, who has time for that! As much as you travel, I would get the Kindle for travel and you can always have real books at home! You can’t go wrong either way!

  • heidi August 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I’m a book girl.. maybe one day I’ll be converted. I like a book in my hands and I also love to physically see how much I’ve read and how much I have to go lol
    You should get a Kindle and then let us know if you love it or not!

  • Vicky August 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I love my Kindle paperwhite! The screen is backlit so you can easily read in low light settings. I also have the Kindle app on my phone so I can read on-the-go and the app syncs your reading progress between devices. I borrow e-books from my local library which helps me save money too. You can lend the book for 2 weeks and there’s usually a wait for the more popular books but it’s worth it to me!

  • Kathy L August 15, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I own a Kindle Paperwhite and love it! I’m majored in English in college, and I’m an avid reader that has been using some form of a Kindle for about 10 years now. I love the convenience of it while traveling, and even carrying it in a purse to use while waiting at a doctor’s office. It’s also much easier to read while taking a bath without getting book pages wet. I know you’re not a bath taker, so that’s not a selling point for you! 😉 I still occasionally read a “real” book that is gifted to me, but I actually prefer using my Kindle.

  • Christine August 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I have a Nook, which I love, in spite of being a long-time, constant reader and traditional book-lover! I also have the Kindle app on my Nook, and it works great. I have Kindle Unlimited and get a free new book every month. It doesn’t replace my favorite books on the shelf, but is so handy for all the reasons others have stated above.

  • Lee Ann August 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Just use the kindle app! I never take my kindle with me anymore. I’m a library girl and still check out real books, but I also check out the kindle version. I do love always having a book with me! 5 minutes waiting in the carpool line? I can read my book!

  • Shannon August 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I love going to book stores and reading the first couple of pages to see if I like it. I love sitting under a blanket with a book in my hand. I love turning the pages and marking the corners. I use pinterest for recipes and my phone as my camera now. I like keep a few of the “old” ways alive in my life. To me, books are one thing I’m holding on to.

  • Kaitlin August 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Hi! I’m the same in that I love a good old fashioned book but I read really fast so when I would travel, I’d go through a few books and have to lug them all with me. Now I use my iPad with the Nook and Kindle apps and I love It so much. What’s even BETTER is that there’s a library app where I put in my card number and can download books that way too for free! And then if I’m commuting to work and forgot my iPad or just didn’t feel like carrying it, I can go on my phone too and it’ll let me pick back up where I left off. Another thing with the Nook and Kindle Apps, one thing we realized is that my mom and sisters and I would all be buying the same books, so we created a “family” email login and password so that we share the same app – we each buy the books we want to read individually but then they show up on all our devices’ libraries and then we all have access and can read, discuss etc. – even my Grandma does this (ha!). I’m sure that’s bad! but we view it as just passing along a traditional book when you’re done which is what we’d do anyway! It’s so lovely. Do it!

  • Madison Harrington August 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    My suggestion would be the Kindle app on an iPad, that way you can buy a few books that are digital and a few that are hand held. I much prefer to have a real book on an airplane, reading outside, or in the car, but an iPad (I have a mini) is so much easier in bed when light is limited. Also, if you end up deciding that digital books aren’t your thing, an iPad has so many more uses and can be synced with your phone and computer. And with the Kindle or iBooks apps, it’s still easy to share books (you can loan them for a designated period of time) just like you would with your paperback!

    Hope this helps!

  • AllieDanae August 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Well, I have a kindle and the Kindle App on my iphone and ipad. I will say, the screen glare on the ipad is not fun so if you do get one, get one without a screen glare.

    Now, I love holding books in my hand and going into book stores. But I can read 5 books at the beach, and it saves a ton of space and $$ to use my Kindle/iPad when I travel. But if I’m reading at home, a real life book is a must! You can also follow Modern Mrs. Darcy for all the best Kindle deals – like books for $1.99!! Highly recommend for traveling, especially as much as you do.

  • Abbie August 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I love to read!! I am a teacher and believe strongly in having everyone read actual books! It’s so beneficial to stay off screens for awhile and show your kids reading is fun! I started having the same problem as you and was spending way too much money on books. I’m even a member at Barnes and Noble and it was still costing me a lot. About 2 years ago I started going to the library and I LOVE IT! My library is a little small but if they don’t have a book I want they order it for me and email me when it’s ready to be picked up. I love reading an actual book and this ended up being the best choice!! I think electronics are great but I don’t want to spend my life on them. Reading an actual book is so different than reading on a screen. Imagine in time if all children’s books were on screens, it would not be beneficial to them or help them learn to love books or reading. If your children see you read books all the time and see how much you love it, it will help them learn to read as well!!
    Try the library and if there is a new book you really want instead of waiting then you can buy that one but still continue to get other books for free!

  • Constance August 15, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I’ve had a kindle the past 8 years and I prefer hard copy of books! It’s definitely not the same! I I love seeing how many pages I have read or have left, the smell of the pages, and being able to quickly flip through pages I have marked or highlighted. However, a kindle is great for long books on long trips! I spent a summer in China one year, and read through all the Harry Potter books. It was convenient to carry in my purse and read anywhere. I cant imagine lugging those big books with me overseas! I do like that I can purchase a book immediately and read it right away vs. waiting a few days, even with prime, to get my hard copy shipped. I’ve only purchased a few books on my kindle since buying it and it is often left in my bookcase… hope this helps! xo

  • Sarah August 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I love my Kindle! It is definitely worth a shot to try and being so affordable not a big risk. 🙂 Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is my favorite. You get the Amazon store, it’s small and anti glare. This doesn’t mean that I still don’t go into book stores and buy some in print! It’s a healthy balance!

  • Jenn August 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I could never give up the actual book reading process. No e-reader can replace the feeling! Computers aren’t cozy, paper is!

  • Melissa Keller August 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I use the kindle app on my iPad because I didn’t want to carry around multiple devices. My state (Oklahoma) has a virtual library that I can check out digital copies using my local library card and I love it. I still buy physical copies of special books.

  • JANA HAMPTON August 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This is probably TERRIBLE for my eyes, but I love reading on my phone via both Nook and Kindle apps. I have two toddlers (3 and 17 months), and I usually need one hand free for them. 🙂 Mayyyybe when my kids are older, I’ll dive back into “real” books, but this is way too convenient right now.

  • Shannon August 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    One more good thing about an e-reader is that you can immediately download a new book on a whim. You don’t have to wait for a store to open. Especially when traveling, this is a great advantage. And I prefer the kindle paperwhite to an ipad because it mimics the page of a book (easier on the eyes), and the battery lasts FOREVER!

  • Laura August 15, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I was just like you until my MIL bought me a kindle for Christmas…and I have never looked back! I have a basic kindle paper white and it’s not like another screen. It’s like looking at the page of a book. And the light is perfect, it’s not backlit and doesn’t strain your eyes and it keeps my husband happy at night because my lamp isn’t on 🙂 I can throw it in my bag and download a new book anywhere. For travel, there is nothing better! I used to pack 7 or 8 books and it was such a pain. Now, I just throw my kindle in my carryon. I even bought one for my nine year old daughter to use when we travel because she was packing so many books when we took trips and there just wasn’t room. It has been the perfect solution (she reads real books at home…kindle is for travel only 🙂 Anyway, every single time I read your wonderful book reviews (which I love so much btw) I think “Shay needs a kindle SO badly” Hope this encouraged you to at least try it!

  • Amy August 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I recommend an iPad mini and use the kindle app. I do this because I like my iPads versatility much more than I did my kindle. Also, since I use an iPhone it feels more familiar to me. I love the smell of books! But, the cost and space doesn’t make sense. Plus if you don’t have your ereader and find yourself with a few minutes to read you can do so on the kindle app on your phone. No carrying around a book or ereader in your purse. Check with your local library most of them offer digital check out now which saves money too.

  • Tracie August 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I love, love, love my Kindle Paperwhite! (I didn’t want a full tablet. We have iPhones and iPads.) I have gotten so lazy about holding books in bed because the Paperwhite is so lightweight. I used to travel with 3+ books and still buy overpriced books in the airport. No more. I load my Kindle before a trip and if I need something else I can reread a favorite (because it is there!) or buy something new with a wifi connection. You will still get all the Amazon recommendations you love. My favorite feature is the iPhone app. I leave my Kindle at home with the wifi on. If I am out and have some time to read, I pull out my phone and “sync to furthest page read.” When I get home to my Kindle I push it again to pick up where I left off. LOVE IT! It is also compatible for the public library. I have a fine at my local library so I have used it in a few years, so my info might be dated. I didn’t like waiting “in line” to get a book. It’s just like if the library bought one hardcopy, the one digital copy could only be checked out one at a time. Also, I had to connect the Kindle using the USB plug to the computer, not wifi, to download. If you buy it for travel I think you will start using it more and more often!

  • Leslie August 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I love both! The idea of books being entirely replaced by technology is sad to me so I buy. I buy my favorites and any I see in stores. They’re perfect for loaning to others too. But I also have a kindle so that in the infamous waiting rooms of doctor appointments I have something that doesn’t double the weight of my purse. Here’s what I don’t do- I don’t buy books on the kindle. Instead I am a member of several local libraries and through their ebook program I download the rental to my kindle.

  • Martha August 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I love the iPad mini. It is easier to hold while reading in bed. When I travel I don’t have two devices in my carry-on. I love it. I gave my Kindle fire to a grandson and he loves that for his games as he is five. The battery is definitely shorter on that older one. I think the Paperwhite has a great battery. With the mini I just read under the umbrella at the beach.

  • Whitney August 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I used to be anti-kindles until my husband bought me one a few years ago. I LOVE it! I love the convenience of it. I have the kindle paperwhite and it is so light weight. I can throw it in my purse and take it anywhere. Also, if I have trouble sleeping, I can read without disturbing my husband. (I have a book light like yours and it is bright!) Having said all of this, I always check with my library first before I start reading a book. I live in Sugar Land and the libraries in Fort Bend County are wonderful! It saves me a lot of money 🙂

  • JENN August 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I downloaded the app to my phone. Since I am never really without my phone, I always have access to great books. Do it, you will love it!!!

  • Kalynn August 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

    One thing I love about my Kindle is that every time I turn it on it’s right there at the page I left off at. I have young kids that are constantly removing my book mark in hand held books. Like others have said, I tend to buy books by my favorite authors that I know I will either read again or loan out. And, if you have a library card, you can loan books through your Kindle for free! It’s definitely worth it to have one, and you can still buy books here and there to hold in your hands 🙂

  • Brooke August 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Oh this post just broke my heart. Please don’t give up books! We spend enough time with our faces in screens already!!!

  • Lauren D August 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I went through this a few years ago – same boat, love books, bookstores, etc. I finally got a Nook and LOVED it. I have a handful of books that I like to re-read and having them all right there in one place was amazing. Going on vacation and bringing one thing along was amazing and saved so much room in my bags (I always have a handful of books purchased and ready in case I’m on a beach or something and don’t have wifi available to download a new one). I have had the Nook about five years now. However, recently I decided to buy a few books because I really missed going into a bookstore and getting new ones. AndI realized how much I missed them.

    For you, I would suggest doing both – since you travel a lot, buy an ereader and being that with you. Then when you are home, use an actual book. This way will also help you decide which you like best.

    In terms of which to go with, you can read both Nook and Kindle on an iPad with their apps. I got a Nook because I liked having the support available at the Barnes and Noble store. I recently went to the new Amazon bookstore near my house and was looking at the Kindles. The Kindle Fire is theaame weight as the Nook but the Kindle that isn’t a tablet (I think it’s called paper weight) is light as a feather. But, it’s for reading only, no apps or internet. The Nook is a Samsung operating system and is hard to use, especially since I have an iPhone and am used to their system. So, it’s really about what else you might use it for. I use my Nook for reading and Netflix.

  • Tina August 15, 2017 at 9:34 am

    If buying actual books isn’t a burden on your budget, I would skip the e-reader and stick with actual books. Reason? Supporting book stores is high on my list. I don’t ever want to live in a world without brick and mortar book stores. For me, nothing compares to walking into a book store, big or small, and feeling the endless amount of possibilities. Who knows what book I might stumble into?! For example, I would never had ventured into books about deep sea divers (such a random topic!) if I hadn’t just been wandering the store when a cover caught my eye. That book led me to a love of non-fiction that continues today. If everyone uses e-readers, book stores go out of business :(. Of course the library is a great option as well (although I suspect that if they had coffee shops IN the library like most big book stores, they’d be much more popular places to get books!)

  • Tina August 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Oh and I feel good about donating my books after I’ve read them…giving others the chance to read inexpensively makes me feel pretty good 🙂

  • Crystal McDonald August 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Team old- fashioned, hold in your hand, turn the actual page books!

    Books last forever. Love me a book. Wish there way to share them after reading though.

  • Drew August 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Honestly, I enjoy my kindle for traveling, but the books aren’t always inexpensive. Many times I find a book on my Kindle, especially a new release or a best seller, still over 10 dollars!! At that point, I would rather shell out a few extra bucks to have a physical copy! I typically read books on my kindle when I am flying/traveling so that I don’t have to take multiple books in my carry on or suitcase. I don’t think it would be bad for you to get one, but I do find that I pick it up the most during travel seasons, and the rest of the time it sits in my drawer.

  • Mandy August 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I LOVE my Kindle! I read it almost every day and it’s one of my most prized possessions.

    I check out Kindle books for free from the library website, download a bunch for trips, and don’t feel guilty if I don’t really like one of the books. I just close it and go on to the next one. 🙂 So convenient!!

  • Stef August 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I love both ereading and physical books! I have a nook which I love but eventually will switch to a kindle paperwhite! Why not start with the kindle app and see if you like reading on a screen? Also my library checks out free ebooks! It is awesome!

  • Ericka August 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Kindle App on your iPad. 😉 That way, you can try it out to see if you like it, and you won’t be fully committed.

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick August 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

    You know me…I’m an Audible girl, just because I need my hands free and I love how efficient I can be while I “read”! But other than that I love the feel of a book in my hand too! I don’t have a Kindle or anything either. My mom LOVES hers though!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Ericka August 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Kindle App on your iPad. 😉 That way, you won’t be fully committed and can try it out to see if you like it. I like real books, too, but it’s nice to have my iPad (or even just my iPhone) for travel and for when I’m out and about and want to read.

  • Laci Uhrbom August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    You can also download the Kindle app to an iPad and order books that way 🙂

  • Alice August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I’m a book lover too. I swore I’d never use a kindle. On vacation I finished my books, and my daughter downloaded one for me on her kindle. She said, try it. I loved it, and I ordered a kindle when I got home. I still buy books in Barnes & Noble too, but I love my kindle for vacations, waiting rooms, and reading in bed. You can have both, you’ll love it 🙂

  • Suzy August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I have both….I don’t believe you have to have one or the other! I so enjoy holding a new book, and around the pool – I want a book. If I am browsing around Target and see a book I want…I buy it! If I am lazing around the house and don’t have a new book, I go on my kindle and find/buy one…..I think having and using both works out great! 🙂

  • Kathy August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I Iove my kindle fire! It’s great for traveling since you can download as many books you want and not have to carry books with you. It’s light and so convenient. You don’t have to have the lamp on while you are reading which is great if the spouse is sleeping. The best part is that you can rent e-books from the library online for free! I saved so much money not buying books and read almost most of the books you recommended. It keeps a running list of all the books you read on your kindle which is great!

  • Taylor August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I LOVE real books….but I travel and I try to travel very light, so I LOVE having dozens of books on one tiny little device that slips into my purse. So I do both! Things that are “lighter” reads, or that I want to come to again and again and that I may like to read on the go, I buy on my kindle. I have certain series on there, I have some novels, Bill Bryson books, etc. (you should try these – travel memoirs, very dry sense of humor. Read I’m a Stranger Here Myself. He wrote it after moving back to the US after 20 years in England. Absolutely hilarious!!)

    I can slip my Kindle in my purse for a Drs waiting room, slip it into my gym back to sit in the dry sauna after a class, etc. And it’s wonderful. The other positive is that my whole family is on the same account, so we all have access to an ever-growing, diverse library right at our fingertips. That’s really nice!

    BUT, books that are beautiful and the book is part of the experience, or books that I believe will be particularly edifying and I want to have around to share with friends, I still buy the hard copy. There is definitely something to the tangible experience of reading that I don’t want to entirely discard! And I have seen great fruit from passing books to a friend during certain seasons of life – this is important! I can’t pass them my kindle…

    Note – I bought the cheapest kindle because I didn’t want back-light. We look at too many screens already and, even though the kindle lighting is different, I want to just read under normal light, like a normal book. I LOVE it!

    Good luck with this major life decision! 🙂

  • Shannon Rose August 15, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Ha! So refreshing to think about something so lighthearted!
    I’m an Apple gal, so the iPad with the Kindle app. Love it. Love that I can have more than one “book” with me when I travel…without taking up the extra space.
    Unrelated: thank you for two things! First, the BBQ Joes recipe! My family has a new favorite meal; a simple twist on a classic standard. Second, recommending “Find Me”; what an amazing set of stories!

  • Shelby August 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I had this conversation with a number of my friends and you’re SO right- people are so passionate either way! I’m on team real book, and I really don’t see that ever changing! In my mind nothing beats the feel and the smell of a real book or the joy I get flipping through books in a bookstore! I’m in graduate school now and often times the e-textbooks are offered for cheaper than the hard copies but I just can’t make myself do it! To reel in some of the cost- I have a group of close girlfriends who have similar taste in books as me so we will buy a book and share them around, which besides only cutting down some costs, also makes the chances that i read a book I don’t like decrease tremendously because they totally know my likes/dislikes! Another thing to consider is what you would want your kids will do- with technology taking over nearly every aspect of our world today, maybe this area could be one that is worth being “stuck in the past” – some kids see a kindle and think that mommy’s just playing on an iPad, but if they see a real book in your hands they may be more inclined to pick one up themselves (when the time comes 😉)! Definitely not trying to knock anyone’s habits, just figured I’d bring in a different perspective on it!

    That’s just my opinion of course and I know, especially after reading all of the previous comments, that there are many many selling points of an e-reader, but I’m team hard copy!

  • Corbie August 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

    You need two. You need the kindle paper white for reading outside for sure and you need the HD kindle for watching Amazon shows, movies, searching the internet, instagram, etc. From what I remember, you are an Amazon fan like me so you NEED A KINDLE. LIFE CHANGING. Hands down.

  • Katherine August 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    LOVE my kindle. I still ready regular books but the kindle is essential too.

  • Kit August 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I vote real books from the library. I “shop ” online through the library website. I put holds on more popular books and then it’s exciting when i get a text that my book is available. The library website also recommends books based on my previous checkouts (just like Amazon). You could use all the money you save to donate to charity. My son loves three library and filling his bag with books, he even is on a first name basis with most of the library staff. You can checkout books on cd or download audioboiks which is a grest way to multitask

  • Deidre Morgan August 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I love, love, love my Kindle which I’ve had for 6 years. I have the paper white version. It’s backlit so I can read in bed without a lamp on or having to attach a book light. I use to read on my iPad but when I was outside in the sun it was hard to see. Some months there are free Kindle books and the most I’ve ever spent on a book is $12.99. Last month our book club read The Letter and it was FREE!! By the way, if you haven’t read The Letter it’s a must read!! #crazykindlereadinglady

  • Lisa August 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Love Love Love my kindle (and I am a book lover to the core – old book smell is one of my favorite smells!!)

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite. It has the back lit glow for night reading that does not bother my eyes! I wasn’t sure I’d ever give up real books either, but I’ve had Kindles for years now. They make traveling easy and they are small and compact. You can always read a real book when you want, too! Excited to see what you choose to do 😊

  • Martha August 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I bought the original Kindle many years ago and loved it so much I was scared to even move on to the Paperwhite. But last year I finally did, and I’m so glad! It is so lightweight and easy to use. I thought I would miss actual books, but being a teacher and a mom, I get to spend plenty of time with real books! I do not miss the clutter and the space that the books took up in my house. My favorite things are 1) being able to download the sample, or beginning of the book, for free, because sometimes I discover it’s not my thing, 2) having instant access to books, and 3) on the Paperwhite you can easily adjust the backlighting, font, font size, etc. so you can read it anywhere. It is easy to read outside in bright sunlight or in the bedroom with lights out.

  • Christina W. August 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I am an avid book lover, just like you! I love bookstores, I love holding the book, I love the smell… all of it. My husband loves books as well, but is pro-Nook and on several occasions has tried to get me to convert. I’ve read two books on his Nook account and can definitely say that I just don’t absorb them as much as I do a regular book. I feel like I can’t get into the zone with a Nook. I’m not really sure why, but it happens 😐 I also buy most of my books second hand(in the used section on Amazon for a penny), so having a Kindle or a Nook wouldn’t save me much.

  • Ashley P August 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I read on my iPad exclusively. I have the Kindle app, and download books from my local library. I could buy e-books straight from Amazon, but I typically just get on the waiting list at the library. I used to have a kindle and didn’t really enjoy it- I like the backlight on the iPad much better, and it’s nice to only carry one device.

  • Katy A August 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Huge Kindle fan over here! My husband got me one in 2012 for our first anniversary (“paper”) :-). I have the regular Kindle, but if I was buying one now I would get the paperwhite. He complains when I have the light on too late because I’m in the middle of a good book! I struggle with eyestrain from electronic devices, so I really like the e-ink. Another really cool thing is being able to check out books from our local library and read them on the kindle. As others mentioned it’s so lightweight and it’s a nice way to carry around multiple books at once. Generally, I don’t miss real books, but when I find one I really love, I still buy it in hard copy.

  • Jaclyn August 15, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Kindle times a million.. BUT I just use the APP on my phone because it’s SO easy.. the books are always right with me (car rider line, slow drive thrus, doctors office waits) I like the size and how easy it is to hold at night before bed… And I’m not carrying around something additional because my hands are always too full as it is… usually with my kiddos stuff. Ha. I love new books too but this way I don’t have the ability to misplace them and it’s always available when I want to re read one.. because good books always require a re-read for me. So… Kindle for my phone/ipad all. the. way.

  • Ashley V August 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I’m not a true minimalist, but I don’t keep anything that I don’t 100% love. I got a Kindle years ago as a present and I thought I would never buy a physical book again. I HATED it! I found that I read way less because I missed the feel of holding a book. But, I also hate keeping shelves full of books. My solution? I don’t keep the books! They go into one of 4 categoties when I’m done reading it:
    1. Favorite: my very favorites that I know I’ll read again and again, I keep. Currently I have 6 of these.
    2. Loved: pass it along to someone who will also love it with the instruction that when they love it too, they need to pass it along to someone else.
    3. Not good enough to recommend: donate
    4. Hated: Recycle bin.
    No more shelves full of books I’ll never read, my friends and family love getting free books that come highly recommended, and I get to hold a book and turn the pages!

  • Julie Painter August 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I made the switch to a kindle this April. It was SO anti e-reader for so long for all the same book loving reasons you listed. But I was traveling a lot in April and packing 4 heavy books for a weekend trip was getting silly, so I took the plunge. Best. Investment. Ever. It’s so easy to carry with me all the time now and I get so much more reading done! Get the Kindle paperwhite, it’s light, super easy to read in any setting, and the battery literally lasts for weeks.

  • Chrissy August 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Totally agree that it doesn’t have to be either/or! I used to have a Kindle (and I think you should definitely choose the Kindle over the Nook since you love Amazon!) and when it eventually broke, I just continued to use the Kindle App on my iPhone/iPad. Now, I am a library member but I never set foot in the library–I get all of my books online delivered to my Kindle. For free! I used to spend an insane amount of money on books, but now I read many more books than I used to without paying a cent. However, when I want to read a real book, or I know it’s something I’ll want to have on my bookshelf forever, I’ll buy it. I also always prefer to have a real book when I’m at the beach! I still share the books I buy with friends, just not every book I buy. With all of your travels, I think you would definitely benefit from having a Kindle–you can have the best of both worlds!

  • Caroline Klobas August 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love a healthy mix of eBooks and tangible books. If you have an iPad, just download the Kindle app. If you don’t, I suggest the Kindle PaperWhite as your eReader.

    I still love holding and reading a real book (am doing so with my current read). But I love my iPad to travel with. I am signed up for a few Kindle daily deals emails (Modern Mrs. Darcy, GoodReads, DailyFreeBooks, Amazon, etc. Just google “kindle daily emails,” you will find a ton!). I love to buy super cheap Kindle books. I usually buy Kindle books that I don’t necessarily want to have a hard copy of in my house. I will still buy a tangible book of a new release from an author I love, an author I want to support with a pre-order, etc. if I want to keep the hard copy around.

    Hope that all makes sense! For the price of a Kindle PaperWhite, I’d say it’s definitely worth it to give it a chance!

    – Caroline K

  • Heather August 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I am so with you! I love holding a real book and to stroll in a bookstore is my idea of heaven. However, my husband was going bonkers with all the books taking over the house and bought me a Kindle 7 years ago when we got married. I was resistant at first, but I freely admit that now I love it and it is super convenient, especially when traveling. I also have the Kindle app on my iPad and my iPhone as well. I still buy paper books, but only if it is a book that I know I’m going to reference or revisit/reread over and over again. For example, I still always buy cookbooks and spiritual books in paper, but buy beach reads on my Kindle. The hybrid approach definitely works well for me and my husband is happy to not have books piled up on our nightstands, especially since we now have kiddo books for our 3 year old everywhere. ha! 🙂

  • Lindsay August 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I’m one of those people who could never use an e-reader because like you I love holding a book and smelling a book and shopping for books and I also love turning the pages and going back in the book and re reading them and reading in the bath and at the pool and the beach and I just am old school I guess and can’t imagine not having real books even despite the space they take up! I buy used on Amazon or get at the library to save money and I love holding books others have read and enjoyed!

  • Jennifer August 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I bought a kindle and hated it. I missed having the book in my hands. However, buying all of the books that I read just got way tooooooo expensive. I live in NYC and we have a wonderful library system that has pretty much every single book you could imagine and if your local library does not have the book you want you can request it to be delivered to your local library.

  • Emily August 15, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I am having the same dilemma so I am very interested in the comments. I would love to save money (and space on my shelves) but I just love a real book. So torn!

  • Lauren August 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I think you can incorporate both! I do love to physically hold a book and turning a page, but it is so much more convenient to have an e-reader when traveling. You can much more easily carry it in your purse and can bring multiple books with you at once without having so much bulk. I usually end up checking out physical books and the library and purchasing books on an e-reader (unless I REALLY love it. Then I usually purchase the physical copy!).

  • Aimee August 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Years ago, I used to think I would NEVER get an eReader because you can’t replace the feel of going through an actual book. I also love going to bookstores and buying actual books, but I found that a good chunk of those books that I bought ended up being a one-and-done, i.e., I would read it once (or for some, not make it even halfway) and never would want to read it again. So I would end up with books that I didn’t like just sitting around, as well as realizing that I wasted my money on those books 🙁 Then I ended up getting a nook (Barnes and Noble eReader) because my friend raving about it, and found that I love it! I also ended up winning a kindle from a work raffle contest, and didn’t throw it out because the kindle and the nook have different prices/book bundles, and it allowed me to separate my book collections into each eReader (e.g., romance novels on one, classics like Jane Austen on the other). If I had to pick only one, though, I would go with the Kindle – since it’s an Amazon product, you can get books recommendations based on books you’ve bought, which you don’t really get with the nook. I also have both the kindle and nook apps on my iPad and iPhone in case I forget to bring one with me, so I still have access to the books I have on those devices. What’s pretty awesome about the two eReaders is the longevity – I personally have not had any issues with battery life with either device, and I’ve had both for at least 7 years (the nook I’ve had for maybe two years more than the kindle). Also, there is a MUCH bigger library that you can browse through with either device, so you’re not limited to what you only see in the store and/or what is recommended to you and you can buy on Amazon. That said, I still buy actual books on the regular if they’re books I will definitely want to read again and/or want to build my home library with!

  • KFed August 15, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I use both. I use my kindle when I travel and books at home.

  • Amanda Hertzler August 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Let me just preface this by saying that I was an English major and have pretty much always had a book in my hand since age 4. I LOVE BOOKS! I can relate to your nostalgia of the physical book in your hand, and libraries/bookstores are some of my favorite places.

    However, I have a Kindle, and it’s great. I like that it’s light and slim so I can throw it in my bag when I travel and avoid the weight of several books. It’s particularly nice if you have limited space.

    Also, there are so many e-book deals out there. Everyday, Amazon offers Kindle deals where you can snag books for $2 or less. I subscribe to BookBub which sends me emails every day of books I might like that are cheap. It’s hit or miss, but it’s challenged me to try out books I wouldn’t have read otherwise and I love that. Many libraries also allow you to rent books on your Kindle for free.

    So check it out if you’d like. I believe you can like both options :).

  • Julie August 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Ahhh! Good question. I asked for A Kindle for Christmas years ago and I STILL can’t decide if I’m an e-reader girl or a paper book girl! I do love turning actual pages of a book and I REALLY like being able to flip back to look at something I missed or forgot. And I love the feel of a book in my hands. I don’t get any of that with my e-reader. I do love that I can get a book literally any time I want it on my Kindle. If I I can’t sleep at night, I can just download a book and start reading right away. And it’s so easy to carry around! Mine is super lightweight and I can throw it in my pure without adding a bunch of extra bulk. And of course, the space in saving at home is huge. I’m still kind of torn and I go back and forth between Kindle books and paper books. I’m sure my review will definitely help you make up your mind–obviously mind is 😉 Ha!

  • Sarah P August 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Oh, this is a toughie!! I have had a nook for years and it is light and easy to always have with me, but I will always go back to real books. I love perusing the bookstore (and I have a FABULOUS locally owned bookstore), talking to the people there, holding a book, and smelling a new book.

    My big two reasons for reading a real book instead of on an ereader are:::
    1 – I love to share a book I loved with people I love and it is so much easier with real books.
    2 – I hate the surprise of a book ending when reading on an ereader. When reading a real book, you can see the different gray scale on the edges of readers’ guides and sneak peeks of a new novel. When you read on an ereader, you cant. Often I find myself reading along thinking there are 75 pages left in a story, and then BAM, the book ends and all I am left with is a readers’ guide and the first chapter of another book. I hate it!! It really makes me mad!

  • JorieJ August 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I have a kindle and I love it. But i kind of think that if you already have an iPad just get the kindle App and it’s the same thing. I was very skeptical when my husband got me my kindle because I also love books. But it changed my life. It’s so easy to just throw it in my bag and I can have multiple books or magazines. It’s just so space smart for me. I hate carrying around a lot of items so sometimes I’ll just use the kindle app on my phone while I wait in line or at a doctors office. It’s just handy. Also, I’ll admit I may use my kindle more frequently to watch tv than even read books. I set it up while I’m cooking or getting ready in the morning. I just feel so snazzy with my “multitasking” lol.

  • RBG August 15, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I have a Paper White and I LOVE it! I got my first Kindle about 10 years ago, and I’ve updated every few years since then. I will say, certain books I still do by the actual book copy of… Mostly books I know that I’ll lend out to my best friend or if it is one I know I’ll read again. I’ve also saved a ton of money by switching most books to reading on my Kindle; often times the book is anywhere from 5 to 10 dollars cheaper by getting the Kindle version – and when you read as much as I do, I know my bank account (and husband) appreciates that.

  • Kathy August 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Kindle Paperwhite! I got tired of lugging 3 or 4 books on vacation and finding out I didn’t like one or more of them and being stuck without a book. You can always load more, and I even get mine from the library. And you’re only carrying around the weight of one small book! And….you can read it easily in very bright sunlight. Be sure to get the one with the light so you can read in the dark, too.

  • Marika Scotton August 15, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I had this same issue!! As a super passionate book reader it feels like betrayal! But ever since I was gifted a Kindle a few years ago it’s hard to go back. I think especially since you travel so much it really would be the perfect switch for you. That’s the main thing I love, if you are a fast reader and always on the go it’s the best feeling to just slip a Kindle in your bag and always know you will have something ready to read!! Kindle is my favorite reader because it’s with Amazon. And if you are an Amazon prime member it’s really great. There’s even monthly subscriptions for books! Also, if I haven’t convinced you yet what I like to do for books that are really special to me I’ll go out and buy the hard copy. That way you can have a bookshelf of books that have an important significance to you, and the rest can just save space on your Kindle 🙂

  • Mary W. August 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I was initially going to say to go for the e reader! Save space! But books can be donated/gifted and resold, of course, and I do think there is great value in your kiddos seeing you read real books! Reading as leisure is a lost past time in our culture. So do what feels right 🙂

  • Kristy August 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Wrought I do have an opinion here. I have a kindle. Have for years. BUT I read everything either through the kindle app on my iPad or through my library’s app. You can checkout digital books through the library! It’s free!

    I do have my one favorite author that I stil purchase but everything else is digital. It’s so easy for travel. reading in the dark (which was a problem with the kindle).

  • Linda Z August 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Anyone who can rock an Apple Watch, should have a Kindle or e reader!

    I had the same feelings as you expressed about physical books but once I transitioned, I never looked back. My 86 year old Mama reads on a Kindle now too. As many others have suggested, they are so wonderful for travel. Many libraries have lend have programs to lend ebooks and there are lots.

    Bottom line, long as you are reading and sharin. which you do beautifully, there is no bad option on this subject.

    P.S. – Although I am pro Kindle my house is filled with books that I will never part with.

  • Tammi August 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I go both ways! It’s so much cheaper to buy a kindle book. It’s more convenient because I always have my phone with me when I have down time. every once in a while though, I just need to hold a book to read! After I read a couple of real books, I always go back to my kindle! I’m just happy to be reading something!

  • Kim August 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Paperwhite, paperwhite, paperwhite! It’s the best. Before I ventured into the Kindle world, I was one who said “yeah, but I like holding a book and I don’t know if it will be the same, and my sister said “I think everyone says that until they try one”. Ha. Now if I have to hold an actual book, especially a big hardback, I get so annoyed! It’s the best. And with the paperwhite, you can read right before bed without needing a lamp or booklight–but it’s not like a computer screen, which I was afraid of, since it’s not good for your eyes to look at one for a long time.

  • janet August 15, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Ok, so here is my opinion. I have certain authors that I like and will always buy their hard copy books. I have an iPad, so I use the Kindle and Audible apps on there. Don’t see a need to have a separate e-reader. I have traveled a lot by car the last 8+ years and listen to audiobooks. I also listen to books while I’m out for a walk. I have the iPhone so Kindle and Audible apps sync with both devices. I can start listening on my ipad and continue listening on my phone. Or reading. I usually am very thrifty buying books on Amazon. I look for ones that have the Whispersync. That way I get the reading version of the book and audio version of the book for a reasonable price. I also utilize the local library. They have several apps I can use to download books to read, audiobooks and music. I do enjoy using my iPad for reading in bed while my hubby sleeps. No lights. I also use the Texture app to read magazines. This has saved me a lot of money per month. So I guess the short opinion is….if you have an iPad already, just use it.

  • Sheri August 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Ok this might get long. I love love love books. BUT when the first kindle paperwhite came out six or so years ago my husband bought me one. I figured I would like it but I was wrong. I LOVED IT!! It was lighter then most books, I could hold it easily with one hand so I didn’t hand to worry about it being in my way or wanting to read and eat at the same time. It took up almost no space in my bag, but yet I had access to as many books as I wanted. Then this year the unthinkable happened. My kindle started to fritz out on me. Keep in mind that I tend to read around 125 books a year or so. So she (yes my kindle is a girl) had had a very long and active life. So this summer I got the kindle oasis. It’s screen is the same size as the regular paperwhite but the body is so small. It is made to be better for your hand to hold and I find that to be so true. I work with my hands so this is a very important feature for me. The fact that they are uplit instead of backlit like a computer or phone screen makes a Huge difference in how your eyes feel while you read. I, also, prefer not having the kindle fire so that when I’m reading I don’t get notifications from Facebook and other apps. That way I’m just reading. The oasis comes with the case which is also a battery supply so you don’t need to purchase a case for it. Also, there are time when my eyes are tired and I don’t want to wear my glasses so I just make the font bigger. The paperwhites are all anti glare. They are just like looking at paper. Hence the name. Sorry for being rambly, hope this helps!

  • Lori R August 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I prefer the kindle app on my iPad. I do have a kindle but I like the size of my iPad better. It is better for children too to read on. I also have kindle unlimited. Should you go this route make sure you get enough storage! I learned that the hard way. You seem to enjoy your other Apple products. It is so much easier to take this with me and not have to pack books or worry about my bookcase running out of room.

  • Chelsey C August 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I am a huge book lover and avid reader, I live for your monthly book review posts! That being said, last Christmas I finally asked for a Kindle because I just have SO many books. I really love the Kindle, it is great for traveling and reading in bed at night when my guy is trying to sleep. I do occasionally buy actual books because to me part of the joy of reading is holding the book, turning the pages, the smell of them, and of course going to a book store!
    The biggest negative for me with the Kindle is that I feel like the e-book pricing isn’t that much different than purchasing the actual book. I do take advantage of the Kindle Unlimited since we have Prime and have downloaded a lot of free apps, as well as our local library apps.
    If you have an iPad, look into downloading books onto that for when you travel but continue to buy actual books to read at home! That seems to be the compromise I have made with myself and it’s working out!

  • Amanda August 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’m a die-hard real book lover but it just got too expensive to keep buying actual books. My kindle has been AMAZING. I still buy real books but only if it’s an author I love and know I will want to have and re-read. There are SO MANY books that I just don’t feel the need to own and am often glad I didn’t pay full price for. E-books are cheaper and you can OFTEN get best sellers on sale for $1.99. I almost always wait for a book to go cheap before I purchase it. Also, for a vacation it obviously saves a ton of room to have 5 books loaded on my kindle as opposed to lugging around the actual books.

  • Janette August 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I am a big time book lover and used to think I would NEVER like a Kindle, etc. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. One of the main reasons I thought I wouldn’t like it is I had slowly given up on purchasing 99% of the books I read. I was either getting them at the library or super cheap at book sales. But then I was gifted a Kindle and started borrowing snooks from the library and it has been amazing!!! You don’t have to go in, if there is a wait list they just magically show up in your in box when it’s your turn…it’s awesome! And FREE! I could go on and on, but most of my reasons people have already voiced. My vote for you is a Kindle Paperwhite. And the library. 🙂

  • Caitlyn Keller August 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I used to love paper back books as well and never thought I would switch. But my bookshelf became overloaded with books I wanted to keep and I decided to make a change. I now use the kindle app on my iPad mini and it works perfectly. I use my iPad for other purposes and decided that I didn’t want to have multiple tablets to carry around. Also, since the app is free, I’m not out anything if i decide to read a paper back book instead of buying an ebook! I never have to clean out my book library and loving the accessibility of being able to pull up a favorite book I’ve read before anywhere I am!

  • Kelli Kucera August 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I resisted digital books for a long time but now could never go back to paper! It is just too convenient. I started with a Kindle, but now just use the Kindle app on my phone to read. It is so great knowing I always have a book(s) with me! My library has an excellent selection of ebooks to check out. Amazon & goodreads have daily specials so I often get books on my to-read list for $.99 or $1.99!

  • Janette August 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

    ** borrowing BOOKS not SNOOKS!! 🤣🤣

  • Rachel August 15, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Shay you have a big following and I’d love to see you be an advocate for the library! Ebooks and paper books are available there!

  • Shana Gardner August 15, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Kindle all the way!!! Definitely get the paperwhite so you can read it outside though! It’s the best for vacations! And you CAN borrow/loan books with friends that have a kindle too, well most books anyway!

  • Beth C August 15, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I love my kindle!
    I use it primarily to get novels out of the library, I buy hard copies of books I want to own. I hardly ever buy books on my kindle.
    I like stocking it up with books before going on vacation, having 6 books to choose from and no added weight.
    I like being able to read on it at night before bed, I prefer it to the kindle app on my phone because my phone screen can bother me before bed and my kindle screen won’t.
    I love that the kindle app on my phone and the kindle sync with each other so I can easily switch between them without having to find my place. If I’m out and about I can read my book on my phone and the switch back to my kindle that night.
    I think it’s totally worth it. I recommend the paperwhite because it has back lighting for reading on planes at night or in a darker room or car.

  • Jodi August 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I vote real books. I LOVE to read and always have. I don’t want another device to charge or another screen to look at. I also stopped buying books but am reading more than ever before. I request my books from our library and they alert me when they are ready for pick up. I never have trouble getting new titles and they always have every title I want. I don’t want loads of books around my house collecting dust and honestly I prefer to share through the library. Should I actually buy myself a book when I’m done it goes to the library donation anyway. With kindles and e-readers you can’t share books. My 7 year old son has books at home that we have bought but even he loves going to the library and picking out all his titles to read and then returning them and getting more. Good luck deciding!

  • Shannon August 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I use both actual books and the kindle app on my iPad. But I never buy a book! That’s what libraries are for!

  • Heidi August 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Real books all the way! I love how they feel in my hands. I love not worrying about if they’re “charged” when I want to read them. And I like passing them along to friends once I’m finished! I feel like we spend so much time with technology and looking at a screen, I just can’t do that during my reading time too. That being said, I do normally take like 7 pounds of books on vacation with me, and it’s very inconvenient!
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  • April Pendergraft August 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I have a iPad with the Kindle app. I LOVE it ! I know that’s not a lot of help deciding between the two. I love book stores I still go to them I just end up downloading the books on my app. For me I have my iPad on me a lot so its more convenient to have the app.

  • Arielle Cinalli August 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I felt the same way for a very long time! I love holding a book, smelling the new (or old!) book smell. But then one birthday my husband convinced me to get a Kindle, and you know what,,, i haven’t looked back! It does take some getting used to but once you use it you realize how darn convenient it is! The fact that I can go on vacation and not pack 5 books in my suitcase is amazing! The fact that I read in bed without a light is awesome! My only suggestion would be gt the Kindle paperwhite not a nook or some sort of tablet…. the paperwhite looks like an actual book when reading it, It doesn’t feel like a screen which some of the others do. and yes I still do occasionally pick up a print book but now find myself getting frustrated about how heavy or bulky it is! Try it out… the worst that can happen is you go back to reading paperbacks 🙂

  • Lori August 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I love having kindle unlimited so I am never without something to read but I do love bookstores. My daughter was gifted a kindle but honestly reads books only and I don’t know the last time she picked up her kindle.

  • Ericca Cantlay August 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I have an I-pad and use the kindle app on it. I love it. Also if I am somewhere and I have a few minutes I can tap the app on my phone and it will find where I am in the book and off I go. I also love having the ipad at night. When my husband is ready to go to bed I can read on my I-pad and not wake him up. I don’t need a light I can turn down the light on the I-pad and read until I am tired.

  • Brittany August 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I was very against anything other than a real book but a few years ago my mom gave me a kindle paperwhite for Christmas. It took me awhileto even turn it on but once I did I fell in love. Then last year my husband got me a kindle fire and I can’t stand it. The paperwhite is closest to an actual book without all the fuss of anything else. I also read on the kindle app on my iPhone.

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I have a kindle- After reading this I had to go in search of it… I still prefer books in my hand. I did just join a book club and I think I will use the Kindle for this. Easier (and less expensive) to get the books since many of them are new releases. It did come in handy when I was commuting on the train or bus daily and reading those books you don’t really want others to know your reading (Hello Fifty Shades … HA! )

  • Carol August 15, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I have a Kindle Paperwhite that I use just for reading. It’s great because you can adjust the brightness of the screen to adapt to where you are when you are reading (out by the pool, in the dark, etc.). I also have an iPad, but I just love my Paperwhite. And you can carry it with you everywhere!

  • Beccalouloubell August 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Once upon a time, I had to leave a pile of books in the airport in Hawaii because my bag was too heavy and I couldn’t bear to throw the books away! So, my hubby got a kindle for me for vacations. But, I just hate it! I still order a big stack of books for every trip, and my hubby VERY GRACIOUSLY carries them in his rolling carry on bag. I take a few at a time for my smaller carry on bag , and stash a few in my checked luggage. I also take the kindle just in case I run out of something to read. Kindles are hard to go back and find that one comment made by that one character, or figure out something said about a place, or flip back to refresh your memory about something in an earlier chapter. Books just feel nicer, and they are easier to manipulate.

  • Ag August 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I agree with all that said that it does not have to be a one or the other. I read by e-reader and physical books, and audio books. Also for the library and lending supporters, you can get e-books from the library and you can lead books through an e-reader, not just physical books. Yes there is something magical about reading and getting lost in a physical book, but not every book is magic. Even if you are reading a book that is not in a paper version you are not rejecting books or reading, just doing it in a slightly different way. For those interested, I think getting the kindle app on phones or tablets is a good way to give it a try without making a purchase commitment.

  • Stacey August 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Some people are commenting that they love the IPad but I find it too heavy sometimes for my wrists if I am reading for a long time. I have the kindle and I also use the kindle app on my iPad and my cell phone. If I want to read on the go I use my cell phone or bring my kindle. If my kindle is on the charger I use my iPad. You can sync to the furthest page read on each device.
    I did miss books at first but the convenience is so nice.

  • Jan August 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    No way will I tell you to give up a “real” book. I love them too. I keep a Kindle for travel by air, but that doesn’t happen much in my life, and occasionally for a nonfiction book I’d like to keep for reference. I live in just 900 square feet so space is a big deal. The solution is to USE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!!!!! Sometimes I have to wait a week or two or three for a popular book but, since I always have a stack of library books on hard, that’s not a big deal. Using the library is fun for the kids too. Give it a try.

  • Kathy Summers August 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I love books! I’m an educator and want to continue to instill in children the love of books. Putting down technology and having that great escape with a book. With that being said, you already have that! deep within you, and I doubt you will ever be without books in your life. BUT YOU NEED A DEVICE! STOP carrying around all those books when you’re out running errands or sitting in carpools hoping to sneak in a chapter or two. They are weighing down your bags when you travel, make doctor visits, or going to the pool. With 4 kiddos, you have enough stuff to tote. Give your back a break, and always know its not an all or nothing, you will always be a book lover.

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    A Kindle Paperwhite (so you can read in the dark) for the win!! I love how light and compact it is and love that I can get my library books on it.

  • Myra Gittings August 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    How about both! Kindle for traveling and physical books for your original reasons. I love and use both.

  • Deby August 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Love books, but I am a kindle girl, or the kindle app on the iPad. My kindle I can read outside in the sun, but use the iPad for reading in bed. You can switch back and forth as long as you sync them.
    My main reason for using a kindle is ease of travel, hate packing lots of books with me, and also I hit the magic age of 50 and now need a bigger font. So easy to do on a reader 🙂

  • Meg August 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Here’s the thing – it doesn’t have to be either/or! I got a kindle 6-7 years ago, right when they were first blowing up. I went cold turkey on physical books, and was addicted to my kindle for about 4 years before I started missing a hard copy book. Now, I just do both! When I’m home or just going to the beach/pool or something, I read hard copy books. When I’m traveling, or reading late at night when snuggled in all my covers, I go for the kindle. For those two things, you can’t beat the e reader. Granted, I read multiple books at the same time, so this system works well for me, but I highly, highly recommend it. Kindles for traveling alone are just life changing. I was the kid who would bring 10 books on every family vacation because I wanted options! Now I have 10x that amount with me even when I just have a little cross body bag 🙂

    • Meg August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

      After reading through all the comments, just wanted to add 1 things! First, I would highly recommend an actual e reader (i love my kindle paperwhite) over an ipad. I also use my kindle app on my phone when I’m waiting at the doctor or something, but for long periods of reading it’s just so bad for your eyes to be looking at an ipad screen.

      The second thing is bookstores – please please please don’t only go to bookstores to browse content for your e reader!! That’s not what they’re there for, and that’s why they go out of business. One of the reasons why I love using both a kindle and a physical book is that I can still support my local bookstore.

  • Melanie August 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I LOVE books. I worked in the school library when I was a senior in high school. I also worked 12 years in a Christian bookstore. I said I would never get a Kindle. Well, my mom is a book lover like I am. My mom has MS and a few years ago she mentioned that it was getting difficult for her to hold books to read because her hands were weak. I decided to buy her a Kindle Fire for a Christmas book. My husband convinced me to buy one, too, so that I could help “trouble shoot” for her if she had issues with it. I absolutely love my Kindle. I noticed one of your readers said that one of the negatives is that you can’t share books with others. I share ebooks with my mom all the time. Now, some authors/publishers won’t allow you to share, but many of them do. I also get a daily email with free or extremely inexpensive books to download. I even check out ebooks from my local library. One of the other things that I enjoy is that I can read my books on any computer (Kindle Cloud Reader). So, from one book lover to another……I think you will enjoy a Kindle!

  • Claire Riendeau August 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

    MANY years ago, my parents removed all television from our home… this was spurned by several events… at the time we (my brothers and I) were devastated but we got over it fairly quickly. The first Saturday of every month, the five of us would load up in the family station wagon and head to Waldenbooks. Here we were given cart blanche to buy any book (well before they sold toys, candy and junk in bookstores) we wanted. We ALL fell in love with reading and books. One of us is an attorney, one a pediatric neurosurgeon and the other a realtor. I have never used an ereader and never will. I enjoy lending books to friends, looking at my bookshelves and remembering what I read and of course, the feel of a book in my hands. I am one of those weirdos that never leaves the house without my book… I love bookstores, ordering books from Amazon and browsing through used book stores with my 17 year old son (who loves all things “vintage” at the moment). Our society is addicted to screens. I, for one, will never read a book from a screen if I can help it.

  • Emma August 15, 2017 at 11:15 am

    My Kindle changed my life!! I was a hardcore real book kinda girl, but my husband got me a Kindle last year for Christmas and it was the best thing ever!! Now, not only are all my books in one place, but the bookstore is also right in my hands 🙂 Do it!

  • Bridgette August 15, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I’m a huge support of public libraries — you save lots of money and get real books, e-books, and audiobooks at your fingertips!

  • Kim August 15, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Like everybody else – and you – I love the smell and feel of an actual book – and LOVE roaming bookstores!!!! But I do both! When at the beach or pool or bathtub, I read an actual book-don’t want to worry about it getting wet. In bed at night, I use the kindle for the light. The downside FOR SURE – is that you can’t share them. I go to our library’s USED book sales and buy books for $1 and share with my sisters and mom – and if it gets wet at the beach – it doesn’t matter. I try to always have both when I travel – use my kindle for books and games and internet. Great idea for a discussion – I like everybody’s answers! …..please tell me you read The Glass Castle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just have to know if it affected you like it did me! years later I’m still thinking about it and talking about it.

  • Ashley August 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I love my Kindle Paperwhite. I still read real books, but I have a constant stream of library holds (real book and Kindle) and don’t usually end up purchasing books. I will say that yesterday I went to the library and found three books I had in Kindle holds available for express checkout. I totally read a lot more now that I use my Kindle because it’s easy to do everywhere….and the Paperwhite is nice in the evening when my husband is watching tv….I can read in the same room without needing a lamp or booklight. And it’s not a bright screen light, so it doesn’t hurt your eyes or give screen fatigue. I saw someone else recommend Modern Mrs. Darcy’s ebook deals, and I would also second that. She catches all the good deals…sometimes there will be weeks where nothing looks interesting, then suddenly one day there are four books I want.

  • Megan Garner August 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I have loved my Kindle for the longest time. The books are cheaper, it’s smaller and easier to carry around (so much easier to read at the pool), and you can read the book the second you download it. But with that being said, every single book I bought this summer, I bought the phsyical copy. I’ve missed holding an actual book and putting it on my bookshelf. I discovered that even though buying a book on my Kindle is cheaper, it’s usually only by a few dollars. And now I’m sad that I have the digital copies of certain books and not the physical copy. ☺️
    So I wouldn’t buy one; it’s great at first, but eventually you’ll want to hold the actual book in your hands.

  • Molly Gionet August 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I will forever be a real book gal! NO kindle or e-reader here. I agree with the love of holding books, bookstores, the smell etc.. ! I also like books better because as much time as I spend looking at the computer screen, iphone or ipad screen, my eyes just need a break from an electronic screen. Also, I love purchasing books at local or smaller bookstores to keep them in business. I do not want to see the bookstore world go out because of electronics! My vote is keep buying and reading the real thing! plus its super awesome to pass on a great book to a friend after you have read it. 🙂

  • Marissa August 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

    It’s a difficult mental switch BUT once you get used to it, you can check out books FOR FREE from your library without leaving your house. It’s amazing. If you are traveling, you carry your kindle. Best thing ever. That and an iPad with the Texture app for magazines. You can read you kindle while the plane is landing and taking off.

  • Kerry Hines August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Do you have an ipad? Or borrow the kids ipad and link it up to your local library account http://www.mckinneytexas.org/1493/eBooks-and-More and check out a couple of books on there and see how you like it. That way if you don’t then you didn’t spend the money on a product you decided you didn’t like but on the flipside if you like it then you feel okay spending the money on something because the kids will want the ipad back! The only bad thing about the library is the waiting time on some of the books and they of course don’t have all the books you may want but it is a great resource for a test run. Just a thought

  • Chanlee August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I love my Kindle Paper White. It’s so convenient. But I only read novels on it. Any self help, informational, cook book etc, I purchase the actual book, then I can book mark and share with someone else. If I forget my Kindle, I have the kindle app on my phone and it syncs to the book I’m reading, then I’m never in a pinch without a book to read!

  • Abbey August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I feel the same way you do about holding a book. The reason I keep coming back to the kindle paperwhite is because I can read at night without a light on. I love that idea! I usually end up on my iPhone instead of reading a book because of the no light issue.

  • Martha August 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I seldom buy a book but I go to the library every week and come home with a several books to read. It’s much cheaper and if I don’t like it, I haven’t spent any money on it.

  • Sara August 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Do it! I adore a book in my hands, too, but sometimes the Kindle is just easier! I especially prefer it with travel. Just easier to dig my kindle out of my purse in the airport than it is a big book! I’ve had my Kindle paper white forever and probably should upgrade, but it’s been my favorite! I say – buy the kindle, but keep buying the hardback books, too! Healthy balance 😜

  • NerdGirl August 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I agree with everyone else – just download the app to your iPad. I love to read and while I don’t think I’ll ever fully give up physical books or lounging in libraries and bookstores, I love the convenience and ease of ebooks. The majority of my reading is now done electronically. Unless the book is one I want to have in our home library, I’m all about the download – no worries about space/clutter. I have a Kindle Fire and love it for size/portability. It does have a glare (which is only a problem on vacation) so I’ve decided when it dies, I will try a Kindle Paperwhite.

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I love holding and reading an actual book but I do have a kindle too. I prefer the kindle for devotionals and some other books that I know I will read again or refer to later on. I have the kindle app on my iPad and prefer to read books on that over my actual kindle. You could always try the app on your iPad to see if you like reading that way before you commit and buy a kindle 🙂

  • Sara August 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    You can do both! That’s what I do. I have an iPad mini and I use the eBooks app to read books on it but I also still buy “real” books. I usually only travel with my iPad because it saves space 🙂

  • Terri August 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Paper. The REAL thing!

  • Angela Thomas August 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    The best thing about using a Kindle or the Kindle app on an ipad is the ability to down load samples of books. I have saved so much money doing this. You can decide if you like it before you buy it. I do prefer my ipad mini or the last kindle I used.

  • Brooke August 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Kindle paper white!!!

  • Kim Clark August 15, 2017 at 11:40 am

    One more vote for kindle paperwhite! Aside from all the aforementioned reasons to get one, I’ll share a couple of my personal ideas. One, I don’t want to read on my phone or iPad, there are too many distractions on there. My kindle is just for reading. Second, you will LOVE your kindle when you are over forty! Instead of wearing reading glasses, you just increase the font size! I still buy real books when I’m expecting to learn something. (Bible studies, etc.)

  • Sara August 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I have a kindle paperwhite and I LOVE IT!! Its in my purse daily with me, i can read it in bed with the lights out and on a dimmer light on the kindle and feel like it gets me ready sleep much easier, plus when i travel i have endless options of books!! Plus my library is awesome and i just download books from there as well! Get it!

  • Sandy August 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I love a book. But, I now read most of the time on my Kindle. I get lots of free books through Kindle first and Kindle unlimited. If I get one that has audio, I can listen while I clean my house or drive around town. And, I can read in a room where the lights need to out without bothering anyone. I say it doesn’t have to be one way or the other. You can get a device and read some of your books there (like free ones) and then still get a real book sometimes. I never read an educational book on my kindle. I want to be able to mark in it and flip back easily.

  • Kate August 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I am a Nook lover all the way!! The best is that you can download the app to your phone as well and read on that too!
    Even better is to sign up for bookbub and you can get books for little to know money at all! It’s a great way to try a new author and not regret spending money on them if you don’t like the book!

  • Heather L August 15, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I have a pretty old, no frills kindle that I use rarely. (The notable exception being it’s a must use on a beach or pool vacation because it’s anti glare) I love holding books too, so I usually do library or get hand me down books from friends. If I’m traveling, I’m bringing my ipad anyway, so I’ll download a couple of my books to the kindle app.

    In conclusion, you would probably enjoy a kindle for the beach or pool. Other than that, keep your physical books.

  • Pam Zercher August 15, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I love real, paper books. That being said, I own both an iPad and a mini iPad. I use my bigger iPad around the house for just about everything-checking emails, reading blogs, playing games at night while my hubby and I watch TV for a bit. (We moved about a year ago and ditched the desktop computer. My kids have laptops for school and I only use my iPad.)
    But my mini IPad-it’s only for books! Of course it can function as playing games and emails and such but I ONLY use it for long (international) flights or reading at the pool. It’s SO lightweight and could have thousands of books on it! Kindle, amazon, etc have apps. Then get BookBub-free or neatly free books where they recommend books based on your input. Wonderful!

  • Brooke Gregg August 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Shay! Do not cave! If you love books but want to save money & space, use your local library. Our world is already filled with so much technology & screentime. Long live actual books & libraries!

  • Erika August 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Both! But the best thing I have found lately in the book world is overdrive.com. I am obsessed with the immediate borrow and download feature. I have the overdrive app on my kindle and on my surface, so I’m literally never without the option to open a book.

    PS – I miss McKinney! 🙂

  • Alexa G August 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I have had a nook, a kindle, and an iPad mini and bar far the iPad is my favorite! It takes up little to no space in your bag and you can have many books on there at once. Plus you can download the Netflix app and take a break from reading and binge watch a show. I love my iPad but sometimes (especially for beach vacations) I still bring real books with me so I don’t have to worry about dropping my iPad in the pool

  • Kirsten Juenke August 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I’m a voracious reader. Book on the nightstand, book in the car, audio book on cd in the car, audio book on cd in my sewing room, audio book loaded on my phone. I use the library 99% of the time for these. My daughter gets skeeved out about other people having touched the library books (I use antibacterial wipes) – and I try to reserve or grab the first run of most books. We have a kindle and an iPad with the app but I can’t stand them. My daughter is about 50/50. I also have a slight magazine addiction ….subscribed to service for the iPad and never read a magazine. I can borrow magazines from the library through zinio too….but I’d MUCH rather hold a paper magazine or book in my hands. One simple reason is I always seem to want to skim back or forth and really hate doing that on a tablet. Phew! I wrote a novel there….😳

  • Erin Martin August 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I was the same way! I love books. Actual books. However, I recently got a kindle paperwhite and LOVE it. Now I don’t have to worry about packing multiple books when I travel. Just grab the kindle and go. Plus, since I have a prime membership I get a free kindle book each month (you get to choose from 4 to 5 books. Get one. You will love it. I do still read actual books as well. And I listen to books when I drive.

  • Rebecca Harper August 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Get a library card!! I visit my local public library approximately once a week and I stock up on all kinds of books. Sometimes I get books that I have on my to-read list; sometimes I find new books and authors to try out. I love that I can place holds on specific items and pick them up when they are available. It’s an inexpensive way to read a lot of different things and then buy a few books by my favourite authors.

  • Eve T August 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I absolutely love the smell of books, going to the library or bookstore and seeing the book covers etc. BUT nothing beats the convienence of a Kindle. I bought mine because I was using a light in my bed and it kept my husband up, now I can read my Kindle (get a paper white for sure) while he gets some sleep. Also, when the kids are ill and you are up for an hour rubbing a back while they fall asleep, you can read with one hand! and the final BIGGEST bonus of a Kindle is when traveling, you can bring multiple books and not be weighted down or take up space. Because you travel a lot, I think you will find a Kindle such a convenience and wish you had done it sooner. You will miss the smell of the books and sometimes I can’t even remember the title of the book I’m reading because you no longer see the cover every time you pick up the book but I have tried going back to reading an actual book and it never works out. I also make sure the kids realize that the Kindle is my book and not an iPhone or iPad because I want them to realize the importance of reading books and not just websites etc.

    I’d recommend the Kindle paper white over the Fire because I find it really hard to read on the Fire screen. And you can check out books from your library on the paper white as well (saw a previous post stating that only the Fire could). Same deal as previous mentioned 14 days etc.

  • Kate August 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    The way I see it is that it doesn’t have to be either or, I have a paperwhite and would highly recommend it, but I also love to read real books!

  • Julie Clark August 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I have a Kindle and LOVE it!! It’s sooo great for traveling that you should get it for that reason alone. Also, I love how you can get a book in minutes no matter where you are. I’ll never forget being at a hair salon in Japan and being able to buy a book right then and there. Any time any where, you can buy a book and carry a ton at one time.

  • I SHAL C August 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my goodness great question! I love to crack a spine on a book, and to flip pages! I stopped buying books though – take up too much space, saves money, and I don’t want to own all the ones I read. I’m a library girl. The hold shelf at my library is my favorite place to go. Lol! I love picking up my book requests each week. However, I did actually get a Kindle paperwhite recently. Sometimes, the digital copy of a book is available before the hard copy at my library. That’s when I read on my Kindle. Or, when I take long trips, it’s SO much easier to pack my Kindle than several thick books (that’s definitely the best benefit). I love the light on it (read it anywhere), and I love how lightweight it is that it slips into even my smaller purses.

    I treat myself though – At the end of the year, I decided to start buying myself just the book(s) I name as my favorite(s) of the year because I know I want to cherish it, display it in my reading room, loan it, or read it again.

    Now, when I read at least 5-6 books a month, they’re a combo of library books, kindle books, and audio books. I blog about all the books I read (as inspired by you) at https://ishalc611.blogspot.com/

    Can’t wait to hear what you decide! #gamechanger

  • Claire August 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I was a dedicated paper book lover, but I pretty much exclusively use my Kindle now. Three big advantages (1) I can buy a book anytime, anywhere, as soon as I’ve heard about it (2) books I love, I might keep in paper form, but my Kindle means I don’t have to commit to having an actual book that I may want to get rid of as soon as I’m done with it (environmentally friendly bonus), and (3) with the Kindle app on my phone, I’m never without a book to read, even if I’m delayed somewhere unexpectedly or forget to bring something with me to read. And a bonus – privacy – no one can see what you’re reading…. One downside – you can’t pass on a book you love to someone else to read.

  • Stephanie August 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    You answered your own question in what you posted. If you love books, keep buying books!

  • Susan V. August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I am not a lover of the kindle or any e-reader for that matter. I love the idea of having a bunch of books with me at any given time, but just have a hard time making myself read on one on an electronic device. I would still rather hold a book in my hand so I can feel it, turn pages, see my progress, etc. I try to limit my book buying and get books from the library. However, when I do buy books, I have a close group of reader friends that I share books with (another reason I love having a real copy) so at least my book is getting a second life. I do think kindles, etc. are more practical for traveling purposes, but I use the kindle app out on my iphone or ipad in lieu of having a specific device devoted to e-books.

  • Connie August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I have one and I still prefer books. I want my children to also know about books. As well as writing. Since every thing is all about technology nowadays! I mean yes they are nice to take on a vacay or to an appointment. But I myself still enjoys the book itself. 🙂

  • Joan Dukore August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Look, you of all people are always reading on the go, it just makes sense for you to have one. For making the switch, I would suggest the paper white kindle as it looks more like a book page than a screen. It doesn’t do as much as the others but the best for reading. I do always have a real book by the bathtub so I can read and soak with no worries f it falling in.

  • Melissa Watkins August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Do both! I love my kindle but sometimes I see a book that I just have to buy. The best of both worlds!

  • Eva Shewlakow August 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Ok. So I don’t thing you have to pick a side. I have a kindle and love it. Totally understand the love for the physical book. So I still buy christian books or motivational books in paper because you want to be able to go back and read something or highlight with an actual marker or make notes. But for romantic, drama novels and just plain reading get a kindle, I believe paper white is the newest one. Also for as much as you travel its very convenient. Price wise almost same as a book, every so often you find deals.

  • Leiah August 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Just start getting books from the library! I love holding books too so I refuse to get any kind of reader. But every time you or anyone else recommends a book I check it out online and they always have it! Seriously – so easy and so much more affordable.

  • Diana Yost August 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Go to the library instead! You can still read actual books, but not have to spend the money or hog up a bunch of space on bookshelves at home! I’m a huge book nerd, and I love reading real, physical books instead of ebooks too. And my family does own a lot of books (my husband and I own over 1000 books, and my daughters probably a have couple hundred kids books between the 2 of them), but we try to get a lot from the library too, to help save space and money.

  • Caity August 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I have had a kindle and I agree it’s good, however it’s one more thing to have charged up, pack the cords to, and be responsible for. I just use my ipad or iphone. A book, from the library or one that might have just jumped in my cart at target is usually for pool or beach days. I vote skip the e-reader, use the kindle app, buy books LESS. Go to the library MORE. If your’re not going to be in your own world in a book, it might be better for your kids to see you in a book rather than in a device.

  • Ashley August 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I completely understand the practical side of getting an e-reader but I love having “device free” time and holding an actual book. I think I’m in the minority but I just love an actual book too much!

  • Leslie August 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I love my iPad because I can read a book on Kindle app or listen for long drives on Audible app.

  • Katy August 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I have a Nook but I always go back to the book. When I first bought my Nook it’s all I would use but one time going back to the old school book and I realized how much I missed it! I love holding a book! The Nook does come in handy for me when traveling and at night. I have noticed I do read less in bed when it’s not on my Nook. I also like to share/trade books and it’s so much easier with a regular book since not everyone has the same device. Good luck!

  • Brittany B August 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I have thought about getting an e-reader too. I have decided that I do not need to be looking at a screen any longer absolutely necessary. I look at a computer screen at work, on my phone, etc. Honestly, it kind of messes with my eyes, so I have decided to stick to paper/books. Books do take up space, but I also know I don’t have to keep every single book (donate!) and I can check books out at the library, too, instead of buying them every time. Good luck!!

  • Sandi August 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I have a kindle…. did not like the feel of it, too thin to hold and read. You also need an external light to read at night and that was just uncomfortable. I then started using my Ipad with the kindle app to read… a bit better, but really large and not able to use outside in the summer or on tropical vacations because it gets too hot. I then bought the Ipad mini which wasn’t working out for me either… I am now back to regular books and so much better. I love looking at all the books in the store and when I am done reading, I either give it to a friend or leave it in the hotel if I’m on vacation. I didn’t find much of a price difference between e-books and regular books, but regular books can be shared.

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I felt the same way… and I didn’t love the kindle. But what I swear by now is the Kindle app on my iphone. I always have my phone with me when I go places or am in bed anyway, so its super convenient to have all my books there, too! Now, for devotional books I always get the real deal because I like to be able to underline and take notes.

  • Victoria Strader August 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I’m SO team e-reader. I absolutely adore reading and related so much to your original post about how you wanted to make more time for reading instead of strolling social media or whatever.. when I first had my son reading was one of the first things to go.. but e reader just simplifies! I love that I never “loose” a book, I never have to remember to bring it bc I have the kindle app on my phone too, I love that I can instantly start a new book whenever I want with no wait time (sequels!), and my #1 reason is this… NO CLUTTER! Being someone who reads so much it’s SO nice to not have to store a million books. Especially because I do like to reread, this is SO nice. Occasionally I buy a hard copy of something I think would be cute to have (ex: Magnolia Story) Do I occasionally miss the feel of reading an actual book? Yeah maybe… but I honestly don’t think about it near as much as I thought I would and even if I did.. the desire to Simplify another area of my life trumps all! XOXO

  • Angie August 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I am a total book lover as well, and I LOVE my Kindle. The biggest thing for me is that I can read hands free, so I can read so much more with my Kindle than I can with regular books. I read on the treadmill every day (even if I’m doing sprints, ha!), because my Kindle lays flat, and I can increase the font size so it’s large enough to read comfortably. Makes a workout SO MUCH quicker and more enjoyable!! LOL! If my kids are gone and I have a few minutes at breakfast to myself, my Kindle cover has a stand so it’s really comfortable reading hands free even at breakfast! (you know, sometimes you just can’t take a break when you’re reading a good book!)

    I should note I have the Kindle Paperwhite… I could NOT read regularly on a backlit screen like an iPad or Kindle Fire – that would make me nuts and hurt my eyes. The Paperwhite is like reading the paper pages of a book, and you can read it out in the sun because it’s like regular book pages! But for night time, you can turn on a backlight that brightens the page instead of having to sit under a lamp or use a booklight. It’s adjustable from really dim to really bright, I usually turn mine on the low end of brightness, and I can read at night without it throwing off my sleep cycle with bright light!

    Also, the Kindle integrates with the Library!! This is why I switched from my Nook Glow Light to the Kindle – I can check out books from the library, and they are delivered wirelessly to my Kindle (instead of having to plug my e-reader into the computer to transfer)! There’s no way I could support my reading habit if it weren’t for the library. 🙂 And it’s so easy to get library books on the Kindle.

    The only books I typically don’t love reading on an e-reader are personal development-type books. If I need to re-read spots or flip back to a different chapter, or if I want to highlight stuff, I like to read an actual hard copy, and I actually feel quite confined when I try to read these types of books on an e-reader. But for all my enjoyment reading, all the hearts go to my Kindle!!!!!

  • Patty August 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I switched reluctantly to a Kindle in 2011 because I was going on a two month bike tour and had zero room to carry multiple books. I have to say, I LOVE it!! I still buy some books, especially non-fiction because I like to be able to go back and reference different passages. I know you can do that on a Kindle but it’s just easier to flip through a book. Several years after I got my Kindle, our local library began lending ebooks and that just changed everything! It’s awesome because you don’t hesitate to read things because you don’t want to buy the book. Before we go on vacation, I go on the library website and load up my Kindle. I took five different books on our beach vacation a couple of years ago but only had to carry one device. It was awesome! Plus, I downloaded the library app on my iPad and if I read everything while I am gone, I can just load more books! The other completely awesome thing about the Kindle is when it’s winter and cold outside and you are snuggled up under a blanket inside reading, you can hold your Kindle and turn pages with one hand! The rest of you stays snuggled up! It’s the little things right? I still have my original Kindle from 2011 and have never had a problem with it. I do turn the wifi off after I download books as it helps save the battery. The only thing mine doesn’t do is backlight so you can read at night. If I upgrade, I will get the Paperwhite and solve that problem. My husband has one but he prefers to use the Kindle app on his iPad and read from it. I don’t like that because you can’t see it in the sun so beach reading it hard. I’m sure you will still buy some books but it just cannot be beat for traveling!

  • Caitlin Woods August 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Shay, best solution I have found is if the book is a cookbook, lifestyle book or nonfiction book that I will reference again, I purchase it in hard copy… Mainly because I enjoy having the pictures and whole “look” of the book. If it’s a fast read like a novel or beach read I get it on my kindle paper white. These fictional books I often read once, so getting the paper copy can be a waste. Although I make exceptions for Elin Hildebrand and other favorite fictional authors that I know I will enjoy adding the hard copy to my collection:)

  • Joelle McNeil August 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I love books and bookshops and love my kindle too! Still own plenty of real books as well as many on my kindle. It’s just another way of reading. I think Stephen Fry said something like books aren’t threatened by ereaders just as stairs aren’t threatened by elevators.

  • Kari August 15, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I’m a book girl. I have a Kindle, but it has been sitting in my nightstand drawer for probably 5 years now. I just much prefer to hold an actual book. I very rarely buy them though. I request books from the library and then go pick them up once a week.

  • Lauren August 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Do you have an iPad? If so, why don’t you try the kindle app on your iPad? That way you can see if you like it and then consider getting a kindle. I actually have both, but find that lately I read more on my iPad than on my kindle (you can use them both simultaneously along with the kindle app on your phone) so I usually just grab whatever is closest. I like that I can read my current book on my phone on the kindle app if I have some time to kill and didn’t remember my book.

  • Carrie August 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I bought a Kindle in 2010 and loved it until halfway through my first book and then I was miserable from missing holding an actual book and turning the pages. I started reading less and less and finally gave my Kindle away. I do have the iPhone kindle reader but just can’t use it hardly at all despite having some great books on there. I’ve got to hold the book in my hands!

  • kathryn August 15, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Get the Kindle app and read on your phone…so convenient…a life changer….You will always have it with you….one less thing to carry….one less thing to worry about…Simplify…

  • Julie August 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I like both for different reasons. If it’s a book that I want to write notes in, I get a real book. If it’s a book to just read, then I read it on my Ipad. It’s such a dilemma!

  • Stacy August 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Have a kindle and never use it. Yes its great and convenient but there is nothing like a book and an actual bookmark. I understand why you are considering an ereader with as much as you read. However, books can be gifted to friends or kept for your kids. You could also borrow from the library and return it, if space is the problem. After reading your blog for so many years, I don’t see you switching to an ereader permantely.

  • Dustin August 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    While I LOVE books and still buy one occasionally, I have fallen in love with e-books! I love to read at bedtime, so I can read (with the screen dimmed as low as possible) while my husband is sleeping. Not to mention that I’ve dropped more than one heavy, hardbound book on my face after nodding off!
    Don’t bother buying an e-reader if you have a tablet, such as an ipad. You can download a bunch of reading apps, such as Kindle, on all of your devices, so you can read anywhere! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read in the line at Costco and the app will update your location across your devices. Our library also has an app, so you can find a book for anyone in a pinch, which is great when looking for something to entertain kids!
    Another great thing about Kindle books is that Amazon has a great library for Prime members, so you can borrow a bunch of books from them, as well. Some Kindle books also allow you to share a book you love with friends. If you can’t tell, I love Amazon. 🙂
    There are a lot of sites that will email daily e-book deals and my favorites are BookBub and Modern Mrs. Darcy, who provides good reviews in addition to the book descriptions. It is like finding little nuggets of gold in your inbox each day!
    Start with an app and read a few books. I thought I would never convert, but I’m so glad I gave it a chance!

  • Nicol August 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I had a Sony E-Reader (I don’t think they are made anymore) but the problem I had was paying the same price for a book on the e-reader as I would for the book from the bookstore. I loved the idea of having access to multiple books, being able to buy them while traveling, etc., but just couldn’t get over the price. I know some of that has changed, with being able to rent books and browsing the sale lists, but I really love having the book in my hands. I agree with others on the library, most of my reading is done with library books and I just buy the next book in some of my favorite series. Your book reviews are some of my favorite posts each month!

  • Tisha Ward August 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I do both. I love a real book, but also like my Kindle. I get an email each day from Book Bub with a list of free or reduced ebooks!!! I love free!!! Now if I am reading a book to learn or for Bible study, I HAVE to have a real book so I can mark in it!!

  • Madison Lanford August 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    DEFINITELY get a Kindle!! The best part to me is when you travel, especially if you are going to be gone somewhere for long enough that you know you’ll go through more than one book you dont have to worry about bringing enough books or figuring out how many you’ll need or planning out what you might want to read next while youre gone. As long as you have your Kindle and Wi-Fi you can just download your next choice as soon as you finish. So nice for traveling! It’s also nice to throw in your purse and bring wherever you go so you can grab and read at doctors offices, etc. So much smaller and lighter than lugging around a book. There are disadvantages.. like you cant really share books with friends. 🙁 But still so worth it. You can download Kindle books through your library too! And on Amazon you can get free samples sent to your Kindle so you if you hate a book after the first chapter you aren’t committed to it! Also, I would definitely recommend investing in the Kindle and not just using the iPad app as some have mentioned. The Kindle is made anti glare so it can be read in the sun. The way its made it doesnt feel like youre staring at “another screen”. It really feels like youre looking at a page on a book! You dont get that feel with an iPad. But you can still use the app if youre out with your phone, forgot your Kindle, and have a few minutes of time to kill. You can still pull it up on your phone and it will pick up right where you left off on your Kindle and vice versa.

  • Kristin August 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Just use the Kindle app on your ipad – then no need to buy something new. It will also link to you phone so you can quickly read when you are on the go if you have some down time, rather than lugging around another device. 🙂

  • Beth August 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I have had both the nook and the kindle. The kindle is better quality. I had 3 nooks quit working so I made the decision to move to the kindle. I have the one with the backlight. I probably read 10 books a month, so I have the kindle unlimited and read most of my books form there.

  • Cara August 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I definitely prefer a real book over an e-reader but had considered buying a device just for travel. However, I currently live in Europe and for the past few months we have been told that soon ALL electronic devices will be banned on international flights entering the USA. Just another point to think about before you buy one specifically for travel purposes.

  • Laurel August 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I was just like you!! Get rid of my books?! Heck no! I love books, I won’t embrace future technology, and when I finish a book and put it on the shelf it’s like a little trophy. I already had an iPad, so a friend suggested I download either iBooks, Kindle or Nook (all eReader apps), buy a book and see how it goes. Fair enough. eBooks typically cost the same as physical books, give or take some change. The first time it was fine, no huge difference. It wasn’t til I was going on a two week business trip and I didn’t want to lug 3 books. I had fun downloading the books I wanted, adding them to my “travel shelf”, and enjoyed not being weighed down, as I was going to bring my iPad anyway. From there I slowly read the physical books I had, and started buying eBooks. I can still share my eBooks with friends for a swap. And the day I purged my books to charity?! Goodness that was cathartic!! TL;DR= trying reading a book on your iPad and see how you like it 🙂

  • Cheryl Cramer August 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    My son has worked for a library for many years. He loved books way back before he could even read them himself.
    He once told me that he wished he could live in a library. Now he almost does. lol
    In order for our libraries to stay open they need to have people who love books enough to carry an actual book with them. People tell him that it is more convienent and less expensive to have them on their Kindle.
    My son’s response is alway ” It doesn’t cost anything to borrow them from the library “.
    People have forgotten that feeling we had when we would go to the library and check out a new book. How it felt to see and smell all of the books their. We would take our childen to the library every week. It was a fun night out and didn’t cost anything. All of us looked forward to it. So my vote is to keep reading, holding, smelling those books. Enjoy seeing how many pages you have read and how many you have to go. God bless

  • Lauren Butts August 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    A book in hand is a must for me!! I tried to read on my iPad but it was very straining on my eyes and I love the feeling of turning the last page of a book!!

  • Emily Mann August 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I have a Kindle paper white and love it! I will still buy non fiction books in hardcover if I think I’ll want to reference it later. The kindle is great for fiction books you know you won’t read again. They are less expensive most times on the kindle too!

  • Stacy August 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I bit the bullet and bought a kindle paperwhite when they went on sale for Prime Day. Its convenience really is hard to beat. They usually go on sale for Black Friday or Cyber MOnday too, and go from $119 to $89.

  • Kara August 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Years ago I thought just like you… I love holding a book. I love bookstores. Then I got a Nook. Last Christmas I got a newer Nook. I think it’s the glow light.

    I honestly hate reading a real book now. Ereaders are the best thing ever! You can haul so many books with you when you travel. You never have to wait on the postman to deliver, or travel to a bookstore.

    For me, I just wanted to be sure NOT to buy a backlit one like a computer screen. I read way too much to be killing my eyes like that.

  • Kathryn August 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I use the kIndle app on my phone but still want to support my local bookstore. In the bookstore I can browse, handle and smell the books, and decide what my next kindle purchase will be. Sometimes a great book cover just sells it. I support the bookstore by taking my children with me, letting them select their real books and purchasing those at the bookstore. Childrens books have to be real. Also, I have been known to read kindle on my phone while my children enjoy their newly purchased books and we all have drinks and a special treat in our local bookstore. Believe me, they are glad we’re there.

  • Emily August 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I use my iPad typically for reading (even though I still love buying and having physical books!) With my library card I am able to download eBooks and read them on my iPad for free and not have to go to the library to check them out!

  • Emily Lammers August 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I was gifted a kindle a few years ago, and while it is nice, I found myself missing books. I still have my kindle, but rarely use it & instead opt to buy the actual book.

  • Allena Gurley August 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I used to love books and couldn’t imagine having an e-reader, but I am the total opposite now and rarely read a ‘real’ book anymore (and I read close to 70 books a year). I read on the Kindle app on my iPhone, the Kindle app on my iPad, my actual Kindle, and I also check out e-books from the library (and can read in the Overdrive app or on the Kindle app). I love the ease of always having a book with me and never have to think about grabbing my book before I leave. I also love that if you already have an iPad you can just download either Overdrive (to check out books from the library) or the Kindle (if you want to buy books or can read library books there too). If you have Amazon Prime you also have access to the lending library of Amazon. I didn’t like the idea of paying for books before since I usually checked books out from the library and now I still do that and was able to get the Kindle and Overdrive apps for free and still check out books for free. I also love curling up in bed with the lights off and reading under the covers as the last thing I do before bed!

  • SC August 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I have always loved to read. A few years ago I took a week long trip and ended up downloading the kindle app on my brand new smartphone. I got a 1000 page book on it and had something to read the whole trip with no bulk. I’d say that I do 90% of my reading on the kindle app and 10% paper book now. I’ve come to prefer kindle because it is so nice to not have to lug a book around and also the ability to get another book immediately when you finished the one you are on. I download books from my library system and buy the ones that I know I will want to read again. I am about to “inherit” my daughter’s ipad mini and am looking forward to reading on it since reading on a phone (while convenient) can wear out your thumb if you read fast like I do. The only paper books I read anymore are library books by Christian fiction authors. Our library system doesn’t have many of these in e-book formats. Also, I think you will find that as your kids get older, you will have a lot more time waiting by yourself at their various activities and that is when the e-book format really shines =)

  • Stephanie August 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    A Kindle is great because you can have the app on your iPhone, too, which allows you to pick up where you left off! I love this for random five or ten minute pockets of time that I find myself with… It eliminates the “darn, I wish I had my book with me” feeling. Also great for traveling! That said, if I read a book on my Kindle that I absolutely love, I’ll typically buy the hardcopy as well.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life August 15, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve battled with this too, but when it comes down to it, I like actual books. I feel like I stare enough at a screen when I blog/work that I don’t need to ruin my eyes any more!

  • Emily Shaner August 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I too love the feel of a book in my hands. There is just something about it. Also I like having books around my house. I think it is visually appealing, plus it is a great way to get to know someone by seeing what type of books they read. I was given a kindle a few years ago and have used it for traveling and I agree it is nice for that. I would normally pack about 5 books for a one week trip and now it is just the kindle in my purse. Overall though, I can’t give up my actual books.

  • Adrienne August 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I love my kindle and do most of my reading on it now a days. I find cheap books, rent books from the library and buy off amazon without having to wait for them to ship. I love that I only have one thing to carry that has more than one book on it. Plus I can read at night and not have the light on to bother anyone else.

  • Katie August 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I love my iPad mini as an eReader, mainly because if I don’t have it with me I can easily pickup where I left off on my phone. I use both the apple app and Kindle. Bonus is also that the app “Overdrive” lets you download eBooks and audio books for free from your local library straight to the Kindle app!

  • Carly August 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I adore a real book and am on a plane once every week. I had an apple ipad forced on me as gift by my hubby. I LOVE reading on it and still buy my books if they are special and I want to keep them. You would have to pry the iPad away from me, I love it and read more books this way! Go for it but not a kindle an ipad!

  • Kathy August 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    As you are someone who travels a lot, it would probably be good to consider purchasing an e-reader. They are just so great to have along because they take up little room, and you can store A LOT of books on them. I am like you, I love a book-the smell, holding it in my hand, all of those things, but for traveling a Kindle would be invaluable. Also, if you want to get a book that you’ve been dying to read, you don’t have to wait to receive your order. You go online, purchase the book and voila! You can start reading right away! One of the best perks! They also often have incredible sales where you can purchase a book for as little as $1.99. I always keep my eyes out for Kindle deals.I purchased The Fall recently for that price! The downside is if you want to go back and reread passages in a book that spoke to you, or you need to go back and clarify something you read, this is harder to do with an e-reader. So do both…you can totally do both!

  • Lindsey August 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I admit I was stubborn as a mule about owning a Kindle. Then one Christmas I was gifted one…it was a slow start but I eventually got used to it. Seven years later and I swap between my current Paperwhite and real books. It’s nice having the option of the Kindle (I just bought the Identicals on Amazon for $4.99!) but I can still appreciate reading a real book too.

    A Paperwhite is a low risk investment but will certainly make a difference when you’re traveling. Another thing is, I come across words I don’t know, and while I can sometimes guess it’s nice to be able to quickly highlight the word and know what it means! I have the Kindle app on my phone so if I’m out and about I still have that as an option too.

    I’d say you don’t have to become an e-reader convert but it could become a new reading experience for you. Besides, even if you’re reading on a different medium, the story itself won’t change 🙂

  • Kraleen Smith August 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    As a librarian I have to say I love books of all kinds. Anything that makes it easier to read is good. I have to admit I used to buy a lot of books but now that I work in a Public Library I no longer purchase books. I find more than enough reading material both on the shelves and to download. I read both paper, yes I still read paper books, and eBooks. My husband and son love audiobooks but my brain just doesn’t process them. I was slow to move to eBooks but have found them great for travel, no more carrying all that weight on trips. I have an older Kindle Fire but also have an IPad and IPhone. I find I actually end up reading more on my Kindle app on the iPhone as I always have it with me. The nice thing is that they all sync with each other so no matte which device I use I can pick up right where I left off in the book. I recommend that you try the Kindle App first and if you like it then consider purchasing a Kindle. I also recommend going to a store and trying several to see which size you like best.

  • Pam M August 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I. Love. Books. I’m an avid reader and love reading your monthly book reviews. I too, love holding on to a real book, the smell, the feel. But once a got my first e-reader, I’ve never looked back. I agree with many of the comments already given, cheaper, easier to take books with you, etc. but in addition to those comments here are some other things I love about my Kindle. I can read at night when I can’t seem to sleep and not worry about waking hubby. Now that I’m getting (ahem) older, I can change the brightness on the screen to make it easier to see and I gave my 88 year old mom a Kindle and showed her how to change the font size so she can see it easier. It’s easy to highlight a line or paragraph and save it as a note to remember or look back on. On Kindle most (not sure if all) have an option at the top that says “x-ray” if you select that it will come up with say a character mentioned on the page you are on and it will show you every time they are mentioned. It really helps if you want to “look back” and see what they said in a previous page or chapter. Sorry this is so long but I love books and reading. The Kindle has changed my life!

  • Colleen August 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Kindle Paperwhite all the way! If there’s anything I need in life besides my family, it’s my Kindle! I got it a year and a half ago and have read over 150 books because of it. Love the Paperwhite because it can be read in bright sunlight, and can be turned down dark enough to read in bed without my husband even noticing it’s on. I love being able to just prop it up when I’m in bed without having to hold it so my hands don’t get tired 😬 It’s perfect motivation for the treadmill, stair mill or bike. Pretty hard to read a regular book while exercising because you have to actually hold it…just put this bad boy on the machine book ledge and you’re good to go! Also, most libraries “rent” Kindle books so I can read all the latest top sellers without paying a dime. I could go on and on…get one, you won’t regret it!!

  • Denise August 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I also was from the old school…loved book shopping and loved holding a book…HOWEVER, i got a Nook 4 years ago and have not looked back and do not miss holding a book one bit…I love that I can read in bed and not disturb my husband…I also love that I can purchase a book and share with my Mom who has a Nook.. I promise you that you will LOVE one!

  • KatieQ August 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I have a Kindle but stopped using it quite a while ago and now just use the Kindle iOS app on my iPhone and iPad. I ALWAYS have my phone with me, so it makes it easy to do a little reading here and there. And if I want a larger screen, I can hop to my iPad (and the Kindle app will sync to the last page read as you go back and forth from device to device). The other thing I love about reading on a device is that most are backlit now, so it makes it easy to sneak in a chapter in bed after my husband is asleep without having to turn on a light or mess with a book light. I was a total book person too, but now the convenience of reading on my phone or iPad totally outweighs that!

  • Ruth August 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I love bookstores and holding books but a kindle is oh so much better!!!
    1. You can carry it in any bag because they’re small and light.
    2. They take up no space and hold hundreds of books.
    3. You can eat lunch and read. With a book you risk it snapping shut causing you to end up with your lunch everywhere and worse still you lose your place in the book.

  • Marty August 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I too love books. For travel you just can’t beat an e-reader, especially since you bring one small device with access to every book imaginable! I’m shocked a traveler such as you doesn’t haven one already! I have a kindle and love it. That being said, long-length books that swap narrators often are difficult for me to read on a Kindle (to be fair, mine is several years old so the technology may be updated by now). I found it very difficult to read Game of Thrones on an e-reader. BUT, from your book reviews that doesn’t seem your style so go for it! And the cost is pretty low these days. You can also check out e-books from the library and loan them to other users.

  • Valerie Bothell August 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I have an iPad with the Kindle app, then I can also check out e-books from the public library. I still love to hold a real book in my hand though.

  • Caroline August 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Do you ever go to the library? I also love “real books” but certainly can’t afford to buy new! We are at the library a couple of times a week!

  • Crystal August 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Team real books all the way 😉

  • Stephanie August 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I was a die hard book lover until this past Spring when I started reading books on my kindle app on my IPad. I love it!!! I alternate between physical books and the kindle app. I have found I can read a book on the kindle so much quicker–it’s amazing!! I use Modern Mrs Darcy email updates for kindle book sales and she does great reading guides, along with a weekly podcast that I love. I use the Overdrive app to borrow books from my library that I can read on my kindle app or listen to on the overdrive app. Listening to books has been a game changer for me. I can read/listen to so many more books in a month. I don’t buy many books. I can usually find the books I’m looking for either through the Overdrive app or the physical library. My library will even order books for you.

  • Renee August 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I am the same way — I get so much JOY from going to the bookstore or the library and browsing the shelves, holding a book in my hand; etc. This is just me — but I tend to get headaches from looking at screens for too long. I *think* the kindle/nook both have a setting that isn’t supposed to be like a bright screen, but I have an iPad, so when I read digital books it’s on that. I wouldn’t recommend doing that if you do a lot of computer work during the day for the sake of your eyes/head. 😉

    My girlfriends and I end up buying different books and then “loaning” them out. I put loaning in quotes, because it’s generally assumed that the book is going to change hands a dozen times so I’m not sure how many of my own books I’ve gotten back, ha! And I don’t mind that one bit!

  • Amanda August 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I would recommend downloading the Kindle/Nook/iBooks app on your iPad and trying an ebook out. I used to carry a book around with me everywhere but now I always have at least one book going on my Overdrive app from the library (usually two if you include an audiobook). I am big on reading at night before bed and now I don’t have to worry about messing with a light. I still read paper books as I think it’s important for my kids to see me reading (if they see me on my phone I could be reading but I might be looking at something online). We go to the library all the time. I usually get my non-fiction books in paper form. I love the convenience of being able to pre-order a book from a favorite author and it automatically gets downloaded the day it comes out. I also like that I can read something on my phone and if I pick up my tablet I can continue reading where I left off (this feature is available on most apps. For sure on Kindle, Nook, Overdrive and Google Play Books). I say try one via an app on your phone or tablet and if it’s not for you then no harm, no foul.

  • Angela August 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Both! I LOVE actual books and browsing a bookstore but finally bought a Kindle for travel. I mostly use the Kindle app on my iPad but I bought a $30 Kindle keyboard on EBay so that I could take it to the beach without worrying about it. I love it! It keeps up with where you are so you can read on your phone, iPad and Kindle and keep your place. I also use bookbub to get books for anywhere from $1.99 to free! $30 on eBay is cheap enough you could give it a try without spending too much. Happy reading!

  • Schonlau Christina August 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I prefer a paper book, but once I’ve read it I share it with someone else. I do have the Kindle app on my iPad, but it’s only for emergency reading!

  • Cammy August 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Kindle Paperwhite for travel. So convenient! Plus you can read on the Paperwhite in the full sun by the pool. Plus it’s light and fits in a cross body bag. Physical books at home, etc

  • Olivia Snyder at Joyfully Prudent August 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I’m on the side of actual books since I do so much “screen” stuff anyway with my computer and phone, but could you just download the Kindle app on your ipad and use that? I have the Kindle app on my phone for a couple of ebooks I’ve downloaded but don’t really read since my phone is small. But thinking it would be the same thing on an ipad? Maybe the glare is a problem, I don’t know.

  • KayVonne August 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Something interesting a friend told me who uses an e-reader – she tends to forget the names of the books she has read because when she reads, she doesn’t see the cover and title anymore. I thought that was a good point. With a paper book, you’re constantly seeing the cover.

  • Rachel d August 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I live in Japan, so there aren’t many bookstores around that sell books in English! I’ve had a regular Kindle and a Kindle Fire. I find the Fire to be a bit heavy and the screen too bright, but the regular Kindle is great. Lightweight, easy to use, easy to read on. I can even download library books on my Kindle for FREE! But every once in a while I order a book from Amazon because I need to feel the real book in my hand. Just because you get an e-reader doesn’t mean you have to give up real books cold turkey 😉

  • Laura August 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I’m an avid reader. If I go to the beach for a weekend I usually plough through 3-5 books. I’m a traditionalist and stubbornly resisted an e reader for a long time. When my husband and I went on a safari we had an extremely strict baggage allowance so I borrowed my mom’s kindle because there was no way I was going to have space for any books and as soon as we got back I asked for one for my birthday. If you plan on reading outside don’t use an iPad bc there is a glare and they overheat. The kindle paper white is amazing. No glare so I can read outside and since its backlit I can read at night if my husband wants to go to bed. At first my kindle was linked to my Amazon account with my husband but since my mom, my sister and I all like to read the same books we realized it made more sense to have have our kindles linked to my mom’s account. If you have a friend who can lend you one for a trip, borrow one and see what you think. You just kissed prime day but there is usually a good deal on Black Friday!

  • Carol August 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I love to read. I love a BOOK. I thought I’d never ever be able to get used to KINDLE. But I did.. and it’s great! Being able to buy and start reading a new book in a moments notice us fabulous! I hated to get rid of books….and Being a voracious reader I had tons and tons of books all over my house (not good).

  • Allison August 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I can’t imagine not turning the page or smelling the glorious scent of an actual book! My friends and I swap to save money, and I only keep my very favorites that I would consider reading again to save space. Don’t do it!

  • Erin August 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Books. The real thing. All the time.

  • Sheila August 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I do both. I have a kindle fire and before I got it I used the kindle app on my phone as well. I subscribe to Bookbub and get most of the books from there. It is very convenient. That being said, I still prefer an actual book. Like most on here, I love the smell of books! I also love just seeing it. When I’m reading on the kindle it just opens back up to the bookmarked page and sometimes I can’t even remember the title of what I’m reading.

  • Jenna Adkins August 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Granted- I’m kind of clumsy, but books can cause bodily harm! Paper cuts, drop them in your face, eye strain….maybe that was just me. I average about a book a week. I switched to Kindle when I tried out the app on my iPad. There are several reasons why I haven’t looked back. 1) Cheaper books. 2) Instant books- nothing is worse than finishing a book and having to wait for the bookstore to open before you can start the next in the series. 3) Conveniencd- I read a lot of big books and the zoo dle is smaller and lighter. 4) My eyes! The ki dlenpaperwhite automatically lightens or dims to make it the light you need and you can zoom in the font to whichever size you need. Mine is embarrassingly large for my tender age of 30. 5) All the books all the time. If you forget your kindle, no worries! You just pull the book up on your phone.

    I was sad about the lack of sharing but in reality I make more recommendations than I actually share books. I Buy he’s cover copies of books to receive author autographs on and I receive the occasional book as a gift still. Otherwise I’m all digital and loving it. The good news is that authors also love Ebooks because they sell lots of books that way. I support my local bookstores by going to their author events, book clubs, and shop their gift stores. I still Buy hard books for gifts and my son.

    Oh and Amazon has a program for prime members where you get one free boook a month a month before the book is released. They also have a fantastic translated library. I about had a meltdown though when I realized that there were so many American authors I haven’t read yet and that’s ONLY ONE COUNTRY! Germany especially has some spectacular ones- Petra Durst-Benning is my current favorite.

  • Kacy August 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I have an iPhone and an iPad and just downloaded the Kindle app on both. You are able to sync them together and it’ll have all the same books on both, and if you’re reading something on the iPhone and stopped at page 4, it’ll be the same page if you pick right back up on the iPad. You can also have the app on your laptop/computer too. No point getting the Kindle in my opinion, just another device to lug around.

  • Christal August 15, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I LOVE my Kindle and I was a die-hard book reader. Once you try it, you will love it, especially for travelling! You can also get library books as ebooks and read them on your iPad or iPhone if you want to try out the whole e-reader thing first, or use the Kindle app. I really like the no-glare feature of my Kindle though when I read outside–which happens on vacation, sitting by the pool or beach or during a sports practice. The glare on the iPad is too much when it is sunny. I have gotten many of your book recommendations as ebooks from my local library–so you will eventually save money too! 😉

  • Ashley August 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I love holding books too, but I am on my third Kindle (1st generation that Oprah debuted), then a Kindle Touch which I recently gave my niece, and finally a Kindle Paperwhite. I love the Paperwhite because I can read in a dimly lit or dark room without bothering my eyes. I also use the Overdrive App through my local public library and borrow books for 3 weeks at a time. It is a great app! The books are automatically taken off the device after your three weeks so no late fee! I definitely recommend the Kindle! Space saver, money saver, very convenient!

  • Susan Vinklarek August 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Nothing like a real book. I love bookstores and always go into them when I go on vacation. My son has tried to get me to buy a Kindle but I just like a book that you can hold. Hope this helps!

  • Kary August 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I get real books from the library. There is no comparison. I’m able to get all of the most recent books there at no cost! From a librarian, support your local library. 😉

  • Carlie Carpenter August 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Like you & many commenters, I love the feel, smell & experience of book, bookstore, etc but I was given a nook as a gift and I absolutely love it. You would love it as busy & on the go as you are. Perfect for travel, waiting at appts, ball games, kids practices, etc! Keeps charge for weeks, no glare, dimmable for nighttime reading (I was always keeping my husband or kids up before & now, no problem! Unless I’m reacting to story!) can download thousands of books but I mostly borrow from friends & library. They return after set amount of time usually 4-5 weeks but you can borrow as often/many times as you like, if you didn’t finish in time but I know you’re a fast reader. Often ebooks are cheaper than paper copies, always sales & specials & each time you go into B&n with it you get perks, as in free or discounted book or even rewards to coffee shop or gifts. Much more environmentally friendly! I’ve had mine for about 7 years now with no problems. Mine has Internet capabilities but I rarely use it. I just read on it. I do like the dictionary fracture too bc I always read with a dictionary! Ive carried a pocket dictionary since elementary school but I am a word need. I can’t say much about kindle since I don’t have one but I tried dl app & the iPhone light bothered my eyes & gave me headaches! Ereaders are made to not do that. They look like real pages & I love just touching or swiping instead of turning pages: no more ripped pages! The only book I like better in person than electronically is Bible but many devotionals & spiritual books that you want to make notes on are great on ereaders! Oh I also like cookbooks in person! No electronic cookbooks or magazines for me! Cookbooks are more like heirlooms in my family though so maybe that’s why!

  • Liz August 15, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Get an ereader. Cheap, convenient, stores thousands, share titles,

  • Cheryl August 15, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Use your library card and the Overdrive app. You can read books for free.

  • Liz August 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Get ereader. Cheap, convenient, share thousands of titles, great battery life, lightweight, no killing trees. & if a friend has a title on her kindle (I have nook) she wants me to read I dl app & enter her info & read it. I do not like reading on iPad/phone. Killer on your eyes

  • June August 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Do u have a library close by ?that’s what I do you can’t beat it !you can get any book you could ever want to read for free !😆

  • Julie August 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I love books too but after moving twice in the last few years and having to move all those books, I transitioned to a nook (actually two nooks) then an IPad with the kindle and nook apps. Love love love it. When I am reading a book for book club I can highlight sections for later and search for a part in the book during discussions. I also love that Amazon and BN have daily specials and I can get books at a discount. I can also read in bed at night without a light bothering my hubby. I don’t know if I could go back to a real book now. To help with my love of books, I still buy my young son books at the book store so that I can browse and still get the smell of books that I love so much.

  • Debbie Dunbar August 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I have always loved and read books. I have been known to read several or even five in a week if I am on vacation or something. I love holding books but I also love the convenience of using Kindle. I have it on my tablet but I read most of the time on my iPhone. I used to never leave home without a book. I did not want to have down time without a book. HA! Now, I always have a book with me as long as I have my phone. It is wonderful and so much easier! I still get books occasionally especially when I am headed to the beach or if I am going to be poolside but otherwise, I use my Kindle app.

  • Jay August 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The easy answer is both! Don’t give up all the wonderful things about a physical book completely (the smell, the feel of turning pages, the fun of going into a store). Continue to use physical copies of books friends lend you, you find in a store, or you just love to have on hand because it’s a favorite. Use a kindle for travel (so easy to throw in your bag, and so easy to load up before a long trip without taking up space), multi-tasking with small kiddos (you only need one hand to turn the page!), and when you want to save some $$ (you can even rent kindle books from your library).

  • Ashley August 15, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I am 100% for real physical books! In a world where we are so engulfed with technology all the time, it’s nice to have that ONE thing that keeps us from looking at an electronic device. Reading a quick synopsis on a Kindle/e-reader is not the same as reading the back of a book in a bookstore and flipping through the book. I’m a long time reader of your blog and it always sounds like you’re swapping books with friends or getting great deals on Amazon, so I would say stick with the physical books! I’m a millennial, so I’m all up to speed with technology, but my vote goes for reading physical books, and not online 🙂

  • Melynda August 15, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Someone may have already suggested this, but you could always get the kindle app on an iPad or your phone and try it out before you buy one. It’d be a good way to see how you feel about reading on a device before you commit to one. I have an old school kindle that doesn’t do anything other than let me read books. I like it, but I’ve found I use the app on my phone the most since it’s always with me. Honestly, I miss holding real. Lols, but I’ve been using my phone so long that it feels weird in my hands now when I read a real book.

    • Melynda August 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Oops, should say I miss holding real books.

  • Caroline Burke August 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    So I love books and an old bookstore is heaven but I never seem to have them with me when I have down time, like at the doctors office or pick up line. I buy the actual books of my most favorite authors the rest I read on the kindle app on my phone. I always have my phone with me so it is perfect for me. I can download a book anytime I need one and I dont waste space when packing. I also then am able to use the e-library a lot and not have to pay for every single book. I do enjoy audible as well, especially for long trips. I just finished The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Jenoff and downloaded Before we Were yours right away. No need to wait on book arrival.

  • Diane August 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Stick with books. Go to the library!!

  • Katy S August 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Every time you blog about the number of books you take while you travel, I think, “Shay needs a Kindle!” If you used it only for that, you would love it. Have you ever read the last page in a book and you don’t have another to start (especially while traveling), you can search and find your next book right then! I’ve had several Kindle’s over the years and have loved them. My current version is the voyager, auto sensor light and super light. The only traditional books I buy now are cookbooks.

  • Amber Barrett August 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    It doesn’t get any better than holding a nice fresh (or old) book in your hand, period. I too thought I would love a kindle…bought one…but its just not a book.

  • Sydney August 15, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I’m all about the tangible books! I love the feeling of turning pages and the smell of books. Book stores are my favorite. If you’re worried about the books taking up space I always sell the books that I won’t read again to Half Price Books. Or even check books out of a library! I love books and don’t see myself getting an e-reader. I make sure to always carry a big enough bag to fit my book in if I know I’ll be traveling or have free time throughout the day to read. You can’t go wrong whichever you choose, but this gal loves her some physical books!

  • Denise Panetta August 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I have a iPad mini and it’s the perfect size for reading and I keep it in my purse or my work tote bag. I downloaded the Nook App and I love it! Still love to go to the book store just to browse!

  • Maggie T. August 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it!! It allows me to read in bed at night without disturbing my husband. It’s so lightweight, I take it almost everywhere with me. I also love that when I’m reading your book reviews, if I book sounds interesting, I can quickly look it up on my Kindle. I still read actual books on occasion, but as an avid reader, I can’t say enough good things about my Kindle.

  • Chelsea August 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I have the second generation Kindle that is still going strong! Last year, I also purchased a Kindle fire and I do use it to read, but it is just not the same as the original Kindle (which I much prefer to read e-books on if I don’t need a backlight). I purchase paper books also when I am in the mood, but often wish I had the e-book version because it is much more convenient. If I forgot my book, no problem, I just use the Kindle app on my phone and my book is right there waiting for me! My favorite place to find great deals is through Modern Mrs. Darcy.

  • amanda August 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I remember when iPads came out one of main reason I wanted one was to read off of it. It gave me a headache. When I was in high school or college working on papers, and sitting in front of the computer for hours I would get a headache sometimes. I didn’t remember that, so I thought the Kindle might be the answer. It’s just not fun or enjoyable reading on a Kindle for me. I am old fashioned and love holding a book in my hand. I save the ones I love. Yes, I literally have about 5 bags of books I am about to drop off that I have read over this summer. It is expensive, but it’s a hobby I love.

  • Carrie Beth August 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I use both! I love books in my hand, but at the same time sometimes it is more convenient to have an e-reader. I used the nook app on my phone. Just last week I was on a trip and finished my real book much faster than I had expected and there were no book stores anywhere around. I quickly download a new book on my phone to read through the nook app. I also tend to read more when I do so on the nook app because I always have my phone with me, but don’t always drag my real book around just because of the weight/space it takes up in my bag. On another note… I have a very old Kindle I download books on for my daughter. She doesn’t love to read, but the novelty of reading on an e-reader makes it more “fun” so she ends up reading more that way. I say you can still do both!

  • Lauren August 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I do both! I got a kindle fire for about $70 and am able to stream netflix on it, which makes it fun to travel with. Plus I can get a book on demand if something grabs me and I want to read it right away. The highlight, bookmark, and make note features on a kindle are very handy. Then at a glance you can find which page or quote you wanted to remember. The blog Modern Mrs. Darcy has weekly kindle deals where I’ve gotten some great books for $1. Then even if I hate the book, I don’t feel too bad deserting it. The other nice thing is you can get library books on your kindle and don’t have to worry about driving to the library, forgetting to return it, etc. You can just download it right away. I know what you mean and love hard copies of books too 🙂

  • Pamela August 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    When I was a child, I could not wait to go to the “back to school” aisle. I loved everything about it! …the notebooks, pens, paper, new pencils, everything! I REALLY loved starting school and getting all of my new schoolbooks. Then when that “scholastic paper” came around where your parents could buy you books to read I would impatiently wait each day in school to see if everyone’s books had arrived…and could not wait to get my new stack of books. In high school and college…LOVED the bookstore and getting all of my books for the semester. Ok…that said….I have a nook and ipad. Yes, it is wonderful how you can store many books, look through books before you buy them, sample them, etc.. It just has never been the same for me. I just don’t like reading books on my Nook or ipad, as much. I have always loved the feeling of a good book in my hands. When my daughter started high school I asked her, “where are your books?” “Oh…they have us download them now.” Holy Moly! I am sooooo happy I went to school before the “tech” age because I would have been completely devastated to not have school books! I’m rambling and probably sounding a bit “odd??” Really, I am just old fashioned. I love receiving handwritten letters, the smell of Barnes and Noble, and I love the feel of a new book in my hands. “I also wish I lived in Mayberry.” Happy Reading!

  • Cj August 15, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Kindle paperweight with backlight!!!! Mine has lasted 3 summers of reading by the pool and vacations. I love it! My local library also allows me to use an app to rent books for free on the kindle. Super convenient and light weight.

  • Becs August 16, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I have a Kobo Glo which is fantastic, especially for holiday reading. However, I still buy hard copies of books by my favourite authors. Most of these I started collecting 15 years ago so I can’t imagine not having the ‘full set on my bookshelves. If it’s a new author I will buy it on my Kobo because I just don’t have the room in my house!

  • SS August 16, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Kindle PaperWhite – I used to be like you and could never imagine not turning a page… but then, I got a Kindle and I love love love it! Pros: 1) It is so compact. You go on a beach trip – all you have to carry is your kindle. So light and you have access to so many books! 2) You can download a book from anywhere. I often am downloading books on my kindle when I reach my destination or in the airport before I leave or right before I start reading in bed. I love the immediate ability to start reading what I want – right then – and the freedom from having to plan to buy the book and get it, etc… 3) I love the backlit screen so I can read it in the dark without waking my husband or children (in a hotel room). Love it! Now, I am big on only getting the paper white b/c it looks just like a book page and doesn’t stress your eyes with the glare like an iPad or Kindle Fire. And you can read in the sun, etc… just like a regular book. But, it has a built in light for when you are in a dark room or night time. Love!

    Cons: 1) The biggest con for me is it’s harder to flip back and forth on the Kindle. Like, if I forget who a character is, I can’t really flip back and find the page with the characters name that easily… Not a big deal but sometimes annoying. You probably can do it, but I don’t know how b/c it doesn’t bother me that much. This is also why reference books, I will always buy and not use a Kindle. 2) I don’t love no page numbers so that if someone else is reading – we can tell each other which page, etc… Not a big deal. Kindle uses %’s to say how far along you are – which btw, I like that feature too b/c it also says how long (time wise) you have left reading the book.

    Kindle PaperWhite is the way to go!

  • Cindy August 16, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Kindle app on iPad. Loved books and thought it would be a huge adjustment, but I was wrong. Love that I can highlight items in a book to refer back too. Also very easy to look up words. Love that I don’t need a light for reading a book anymore especially on planes. A lot lighter than having to carry multiple books in my carry on when traveling. Download app for your local library and you can check out books.

  • Charise August 16, 2017 at 12:32 am

    I, too, just use my iPad/iPhone with the kindle app. I dislike the space actual books take up and much prefer this. I also only purchase books I know I really want to read. Otherwise, I utilize my local library’s ebooks. Larger cities will have a larger selection I’ve found so you shouldn’t have an issue finding the latest books using ebooks through the library.

  • Jenn Huff August 16, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I use the kindle app on my iPhone and iPad and love it!

  • Leanne August 16, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I personally love having a book in my hands the best. But what about borrowing from the library? That way you wouldn’t be buying books all the time & when you’re done you can give them back so they wouldn’t be taking up all the space! 🙂

  • Caroline August 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I have both. I love being able to grab books when they are 99 cents or 1.99 and I read those on my kindle. I also love a real book and if it’s a book I know I will keep I buy the book. Also if it’s a book I don’t necessarily want to keep but can sell when I am finished I buy that book as well (life changing magic of tidying up for example). It really is personal preference. I like having the book and my kids seeing me read a book vs. reading a device similar to my phone. But in bed at night when hubby is sleeping it is nice to have the kindle.

  • Evan August 16, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I’m a big Kindle fan. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it and at first, I missed holding a real book but the convenience of having multiple books at my fingertips at any time without the weight of carrying them around was the deciding factor. I borrow lots of books from my local library on my Kindle and buy from Amazon. I love it! I throw it in my purse and always have something to read handy. And when I finish a book, I can get another quickly without having to drive anywhere. 🙂 There was no turning back for me. Love my kindle.

  • Meagan Ruse August 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    There’s nothing like a real book in your hand. Don’t do it 🙂

  • Amber Reese August 16, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Love a good physical book but it’s so nice to have them now on my Kindle app on my iPad. I’ve had no issues with it!

  • Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen August 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I resisted the kindle and one was bought for me and now I am stuck. I mis books sometimes, but the kindle really helps when travelling so you have your whole library at your disposal. And less clutter around the house! I still buy certain books that I know I want to highlight or keep going back to, and I always buy physical cookbooks. I would’t take it back, but man I was against it before I got it!

  • Laura August 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

    AHHH Im so glad you did this post. I’ve been struggling with this decision for awhile. I love to hold a book. I love to check books out of the library and to walk around a bookstore looking for the next great book to read. I also think at my kids current ages (9,7,&4) it is super important for them to see me reading actual books, not looking at a device. That being said, after reading all of these comments I am more open to getting a kindle. I think I would use it for when we travel or to check books out electronically from my library. I really don’t think it will be my primary source of reading books but I can see how it could be a good alternative.

  • Malorie Fuchs August 16, 2017 at 10:18 am

    IF you get one, I don’t know that you can switch 100%. I had one, it was fun for the first bit when it was exciting, but then I just couldn’t stay away from the feel of the book. I did not love not being able to see how far along I was and the progress I made, moving the bookmark is just too satisfying.

  • Lisa August 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I have a nook and downloaded the kindle app so best of both worlds. Also, not sure if it has been mentioned or not, but if you have amazon prime you can get free selections each month and/or for $9.99 you can join the Kindle unlimited plan (I think that’s what it’s called) and there are even more selections. I used to be a book only person but now I love my Nook.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I LOVE BOOKS!!!! The feel, the smell, and I love the way they look with their colorful spines all lined up neatly on my bookshelf. I won’t say that I will NEVER own a Kindle, but for now, I’ll stick with books. ;o)

  • Briana August 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve strictly vowed that I will never buy an e-reader. I’m in the diehard physical book camp for many reasons. Like you said, I love the experience of picking a book out at the bookstore, the smell and feel of the book, and being able to take it to the pool/beach/wherever without worrying about another piece of tech to care for. Also, it’s scientifically proven that humans comprehend information read from paper better than information read from a digital screen.

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  • Lindsey August 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Go to a library.

  • Alina August 16, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Shay, I had a Nook (when that was first popular) and now I have a Kindle. The Kindle is good for one time reads that you are on the fence about, but buy anyway because it’s on sale for $2.99. It’s a great way to save space on your bookshelf for books that are not your favorite. At the end of the day, I really miss holding a physical book. I have many books on my Kindle, but it’s just not the same. Not for me anyway! For me, the sense of accomplishment of looking at a physical pile of books and knowing you’ve read them, is lost. Also, its hard to let someone borrow a book from you if they don’t have an E-Reader!

  • Alyssa August 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Real book all the way! I agree about the feel of a book in your hand, the smell, etc. Plus, one less screen to look at!

  • Amanda P August 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Idea! If you already have an iPad, then use iBooks to read a book to see if you like the idea of an e-reader! If you like it, then invest in a kindle and if not, stick with books! I have a kindle but actually just rely on either real books or iBooks since you can read on your iPhone too! This is great if I’m on the train, and don’t want to carry a book all day, or have a few quick minutes to read while waiting at a Doctors office or something. I don’t always need to have the book or Kindle on me to read. Then it updates to my iPad and I can read on a bigger screen at home.

  • Jen McGill August 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

    There is nothing like holding a book in my hands while reading it and I agree, a great example to my kids of reading…however, the cost and convenience element (I have three young kids – 6, 3 and 3 months) I’ve gone to almost all Kindle App on my iPhone. I check out books from my library on the Overdrive App. The books are free, always with me and as soon as I finish one I can start another! The book is easy to fit anywhere, hold with one hand if needed, can be read in the dark (great while nursing in the middle of the night!), opens right up to where I left off and even tells me how much of the book I’ve read so far.

    If I really love a book I’ll buy it, but otherwise it also keeps down on the clutter maintence of my home.

    Happy reading!!

  • Melissa August 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Kindle Paperwhite has saved me thousands in books! I get nearly every book from the library or kindle owners library. I LOVE it. And I was a long time hold out and now I don’t see why I was?!

  • Lyssa August 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Kindles are amazing. I used to be a book person [and I still buy actual copies of my favorites] but a kindle is life-changing. Now when we travel, instead of bringing 5-7 books, I can have as many as I want and it fits so conveniently in my backpack, purse, or anything 🙂 The battery life is great too! Also I find kindle books are cheaper than hardback or paperback books 😉

  • Amanda Barham August 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    You could use the Kindle app on your iPad or iPhone.

  • Anonymous August 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Hi Shay. For someone that is not really a reader – what sort of books would you recommend to start with? How do you decide which genre book you want to read? Thanks!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Oh goodness, start with what subjects interest you! If a book doesn’t hold my attention, it’s so hard to read. Make sure it’s one that captivates you from the start.

  • Kat Anthony August 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

    My boyfriend and I are both passionate readers and buying books is one of our favorite past times. We got to a point though, where we had too many books and we were running out of room to keep them. We both have iPads and found that the Kindle App and iBooks app have books much for a much cheaper price. We decided that if a book has an especially beautiful cover or binding, or it’s a classic that we want others to read, we buy a physical copy, but if it’s just a quick read we’ve heard about, we’ll purchase it through an app!

  • Aileen August 18, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I’m the same way… I just love holding books! I’m not sure about McKinney, but in Nashville, we have a wonderful public library system. You can request books and put them on hold and then you are notified when they are available. It’s free and so I don’t feel like I’m spending (and then storing) tons of books!

  • Tracie P August 19, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Kindle. BECAUSE you can download a book at any moment–middle of the night, on a long car trip, sitting beside the pool. You are never stuck without anything by to read.

  • Emily R August 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I have a Kindle that I use all the time – plus you can read on your phone/IPad etc with the Kindle app. For books I feel I could possibly read again, such as biographies, etc. I still buy the actual book. I read way too much and it just got so expensive buying the books all the time. With the Kindle, I also downloaded the OverDrive app that links to my local library and I can download books for free for 21 days through that app and read on my Kindle…

  • Lynn August 21, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I’m certain you’re no longer reading these comments – you have quite a few to go through! But I thought I’d throw my two cents in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite. It has been the best travel companion for years now. What I like about this is that I can have five books on it (or more? I don’t usually buy that many in advance) and only have to carry “one.” So when on a trip, if I finish one book I have another ready to go! That said, if there is a book I’m reading that I want to reference again (like a parenting book or an organizing tips book) I will buy it in hard copy. This way I can easily look at it again or loan it to a friend if they want to read it. But otherwise all the chick-lit books I just read for fun, I use the Kindle. LIFE CHANGING. I promise you.

  • Mimi Hom-Cochran August 22, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Stick with the real books! I have had a Kindle for maybe 5 years now, and have used it for reading but totally prefer books. I have not purchased a book through my Kindle in years. I love real books, holding them, the page turning, I think it is much better than using an electronic device. And really, we use so many electronics in our life (phones, computers, television, fitbits) and they are all great, but it’s nice to have something that is not electronic. ☺️

  • Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    You need a Kindle for your travels! You won’t have to carry heavy paperbacks, and you’ll have access to your whole e-library. You can also purchase and borrow books on the go, and borrow Kindle books from your local library.

  • mindy August 23, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Nook all the way. Or i-pad, if you want. Don’t. Get. A. Kindle.