my thoughts on real books vs. tablets

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I love reading  (as if you didn’t already know that by now 😉 ). But when I read, I like having a real book in my hands. I know a lot of you enjoy reading on tablets (I’ve actually read a book or two on a tablet myself) but its just not the same. There is something just so much more special reading from a real book than it is reading from a tablet.
Today I will share with you why I think real books are better than tablets.

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Every time I get a new book to add to my shelf, I normally end up changing its home from one shelf to another about 81717838294 times (ok. I know I’m exaggerating 🙂 ) before it looks perfect. And every time I get a new book, I admire seeing on the shelf with my sizable collection of books.
But when you have a tablet, you cant admire your library like you can when your books are on a bookshelf. Its just a long list of books and its not very pretty.



I love smelling my books. (maybe i’m weird??) Especially when they’re really old. They just have that certain smell about them that I love. Even the new books have the scent of newness. But the tablets just don’t have that smell. In fact, they don’t smell like anything at all, which is really quite sad. 😦


Ok. So if you are anything like me, you buy your books mostly by going to thrift stores. I cringe when I spend money on books over $10. Actually I cringe when I spend money on anything over $10! 😀
Anyway, when you have a tablet, you cannot buy second hand books to read on it. They have to be brand new.


I love sharing books with my bookish friends, and I love borrowing books from them too. But if you have a tablet I would think that it would be really, really hard to do.


I love pressing flowers in my books. I guess you could say that its a hobby of mine. I love it when I’m reading a book and I turn the page and I see a perfect flower pressed on the page! It just makes that book even more beautiful!


Reading real books is just so much nicer. You can listen to that lovely sound the pages make when your turning them, you can skim through your book without much difficulty, and they’re just so much more special. Tablets just don’t have that kind of magic.


- maddy

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what are your thoughts on this?
which one would you rather use to read?
do you have another point i didn’t mention?


16 thoughts on “my thoughts on real books vs. tablets

  1. I agree with you on all points. I love having real books for all of these reasons. My poor eyes, however, prefer to read from a tablet because of the backlight and adjustable font size. For that reason, I read a lot of digital books, but they will never be able to replace the real thing in my heart or on my bookshelf.


    1. Thank you, Emmy the Gemmie!! 😉
      That’s understandable and I guess tablets are nice for when you need the words to be bigger.
      Thanks for stopping by! 😀


  2. Oh yes this is so true!!! I’ve read a couple books on our desktop and never really get into them as I do a real book. 😦 And yes, the smell of a real book! Wonderful! 🙂

    Got your email, shall be readying the chapter soon! Looking forward to it!


  3. Yes, I agree with you – there’s nothing like a real book! I get most of my books from thrift stores (or op shops as we call them in Australia) too. To me it adds even more to the story – you never know what notes you might find scribbled on the pages, or bookmarks, or other fascinating things. 🙂

    I just found your blog, Maddy, and I’ve enjoyed looking around and reading back through your posts. Keep spreading sunshine! 🙂


    1. Thank you Jessica!!
      Yes. I agree with you!! I’ve found quite a few neat things in books I’ve gotten at thrift stores before.
      I’m glad that your enjoying it! Thank you for the encouragement!


  4. In a college English course I took, this was the subject of a paper we had to write. You had to pick a side, and then defend your position! I was for the tangible book! 📚 I wish I could find that paper, so I could see what my points were! Lol. The only thing I’ll say for digital books now (10 or so years later) is that it’s nice to be able to search a digital book and I like it when I’m reading at nighttime and I don’t have to use a flashlight! 😊 But I still love my real books!!!


    1. That’s really neat!!
      Yes ma’am, those are some good points (especially the one with the flash light 😊) but real books will always be my favorite!!
      Thank you so much for commenting!!

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  5. I agree with you completely. 🙂 And no, you’re not weird for smelling your books, I love doing that. I also love the idea of pressing flowers in your pages….it seems to me that must make a good reread so much sweeter. 🙂


  6. Sharing books…..YES!!! I love sharing a book with someone, especially if I’m sure they’ll like it. It’s like sharing a bit of joy. Like music. Telling someone about a song they’ve never heard, and it turning out that they love the song is just a really great feeling. 🙂


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