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Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the…

Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the Gap challenges, we want to hear what you think about a divisive issue. Each challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post. Be sure to visit other participants’ posts to get some healthy discussion going.

To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed each Friday.


We bloggers are lovers of the written word. As people who read and write online, we are also part of the digital shift in how we consume writing, be it journalism, literature, poetry, or memoirs. As the mode of publishing changes, so do our interactions with what we’re reading.

Not too long ago, ebook sales trumped those of hardcovers for the first time. While the ease of digital books can’t be beat — how else can you hold hundreds of books in your hand so easily? — the physical sensation is undeniably different than cracking open a new paperback.

Around WordPress.com, other bloggers have been talking about ebooks versus hardcovers. Writing My Next Chapter is making the jump to using all ebooks in place of traditional textbooks for the semester, and though Steve of Imagineer-ing has made the switch to an eReader, letting go of hardcovers is a difficult task. While bookshelves display our favorite works of literature like art, wouldn’t the ultimate bibliophile love the ease of carrying hundreds of books in a teensy mobile device?

This week’s Mind the Gap: How do you prefer to read, with an eReader like a Kindle or Nook, or with an old school paperback in hand? Take the poll (below) and then explain your opinion by blogging about it on your site. Tag your post “DPchallenge,” so that we can be sure to find your contribution to the challenge.

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  1. I have both. As long as publishers control how often libraries can lend their ebooks, paper books will have a place in my world. I like my e-reader very much, and if one day ereaders come embedded with new-book smell, I may like it even more.

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  2. I’ve been trying to make a ping back/trackback but I have no idea how to. I would really appreciate some help! Thank you. As you’ve probably guessed I’m a relatively inexperienced blogger.
    My blog is at: http://internationaleconomicmatters.wordpress.com
    And the link to my response to the challenge is: http://internationaleconomicmatters.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/weekly-writing-challenge-ebooks-vs-hardcopies/
    I would be pleased if you checked it out. 😉

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  3. There is nothing like holding a book—or a newspaper—while you are reading it. It provides an intimate connection with the material.
    While e-books might be considered more convenient by some—and they are easier on the clutter scale—electronics become outdated and require skill to use, skills that, like other electronics, keep requiring updating (at least, I assume they do).
    While I download pertinent Google books on my computer for research purposes (I’m writing a historical novel requiring extensive and varied research) I have no desire to pick up a cold, forbidding, e-book where I cannot turn pages that emit the odor of printers ink.
    Now, if I could only figure out how to insert the poll on my post about open records for adoptees…

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  4. There’s something so wonderful about having an actual book in your hands and turning the pages as you read it. Plus, I spend too much time on the computer and other electronic objects anyway.

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  5. I haven’t read an e-book, but have spent many hours on longer articles on the web.

    I prefer to read from a hard copy so I know which page if i had to refer back, particularly to refer and exactly on which side of the page!!!

    I am from the old school of pen and pencil so I am biased towards books. As the saying goes ” known devil is better than unknown angel”

    Books may not a preferred choice for the younger generation who are learning to do every subject electronically!

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  6. I participated in the poll and was surprised to see 76% of respondents voted for paperback over ebooks. My vote was only the 265th to have been tabulated, so I have to wonder how different the results would be with a population of ten thousand, or ten million voters. I’m thinking such a sampling size would illuminate me as a behind the curve old fogey for preferring hard copy.

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  7. Read both ebooks and hard copy books. I don’t care as long as I can read. Will say it is easier to read on my iPod and get away with it when I am supposed to be doing something else – like watching a Grandkid’s ball game

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  8. Ebooks do not smell good – They will not survive the war of time the way paperbacks and even hardcovers do and for crying out loud when was the last time you could get all snuggled and warm and cozy with a loved one…………and an e-book? Paperbacks. All The Way. Anything else in my humble (and probably selfishly cruel and only half serious) opinion is blasphemy. *Proudly awaits the recriminations and disgust lol*

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  9. For me an e-book holds no comparison to a real book.

    Reading the screen for an entire book is like a chore. I remember trying to read ‘Water for Elephants’ on my phone and I got to the third chapter and lost interest. The feeling of turning each page and reading the print on paper; I just don’t want it any other way! No matter the convenience, I will go out of my way to get the books I want in paperback.

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  10. I agree with those who think there should be a third option. But since there isn’t I voted for Ebooks. While I love paperbacks, I love the smell of book and the feel of them in my hands, I have to say that the convenience of e-readers has tipped the scale for me. it used to be that I would finish reading a book and have nothing else on hand to read. I’d then have to wait until I had time to get to a bookstore to buy another one. The waiting is pure torcher to a book addict like me. Since buying my kindle I am never without a book to read. I just turn it on, browse, sample and buy. I love it! Of course, I never miss a chance to go into a book store to browse the literal shelves, hold books in my hands and smell their amazing scent. But instead of buying I take a picture of the cover with my phone, then go home and buy it on my kindle.
    http://ruthrobertsromance.wordpress.com/

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