Why I’m Reading More E-books than Physical Books

Physical books or e-books? The age old question. Surprisingly, it’s one of the most controversial questions in the book community. I was gifted a Kindle at Christmas. To make sure that the money spent on it isn’t wasted, I’ve been using my Kindle a lot this year. As a result, I’ve found many benefits to using my e-reader. Maybe you’re on the fence about using an e-reader. Maybe you have one and don’t use it nearly enough as you’d like. So I thought I’d do a quick post on the benefits I’ve found to owning an e-reader and why this has meant I’m reading more e-books this year.

They’re more affordable

If you’ve got a Kindle, you may know that Amazon have monthly and daily deals where they reduce the price of hundreds of books to as little as 0.99. Thanks to these deals, I’ve managed to snag a lot of books that I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while without making too much of a dent in my bank account. Not only do they reduce many books to 0.99 but it’s also possible to grab many popular titles for a bargain price. Not to mention there is a significant amount of free books waiting to be downloaded.

It’s more convenient

Have you ever spent hours debating which books to take with you on a trip? You don’t want to end up not taking enough because then what are you meant to do when you’ve finished? Socialise? I think not. But then you have to consider the amount of physical books you can fit in your bag and the practicality of being able to carry them around with you. E-books take all of that pressure away. With e-books you can take a hundred books with you and not pull a muscle in your shoulder from carrying them around. Finished your book? No problem. You can choose from the hundreds of other books you have in your digital library.

It’s ideal in the event of a pandemic… like now

If, like me, you’re anxious about going into shops but are after something new to read, then e-books are perfect. Not only does your book get delivered to your e-reader instantly, but there’s no anxiety over going into a the store and being around people who refuse to social distance, and there’s no need to disinfect your book prior to use either.

At the beginning of the pandemic, prior to delivery drivers wearing protective equipment, I was buying more e-books as I worried about the possibility of contamination. As well as feelings of immense guilt at having delivery drivers risking their safety to deliver me books rather than prioritising delivering essential items to the most vulnerable. I’ve bought more e-books this year and that’s a habit that I’m going to hopefully retain.

They’re more accessible

This might be one of the most important reasons why I’m buying more e-books. Physical books are great but they’re not accessible to those of us with chronic pain, chronic illnesses, or disabilities. Reading is supposed to be fun but the joy can sometimes be taken away when your hobby causes you pain. Some of you may be aware that I suffer from chronic nerve pain in my back. This means holding a physical book can be difficult for me as I struggle to find a comfortable reading position. With an e-reader, I’m more likely to find a position I can read in that doesn’t irritate the nerve. I also wear glasses and find my eyes hurt more when I’m reading the small print on a physical book. The ability to adjust the font size and the back light on my Kindle has been a game changer.

I can read e-books faster than physical books

This is a very subjective thing but, personally, I’m able to fly through an e-book faster than a physical book. Genre and subject pending, of course. A dense adult fantasy is always going to take more time to read than a light and fluffy YA contemporary. Because I’m able to read an e-book faster, I’ve found myself gravitating towards them more than a physical book. Thanks to all the Kindle deals, I’ve managed to build up a substantial library that includes some of my most anticipated reads that recently I don’t feel the need to pick up a physical book. Reading e-books faster has done wonders for reaching my Goodreads goal this year!

You never have to worry about running out of shelf space

Do you have piles of books on your floor because you’ve not got enough space on your bookshelves to store them? Are you constantly rearranging how your books look so that you can try to fit as many on a shelf as possible? I live in a small flat that doesn’t have much space for multiple bookshelves and I’ve currently ran out of space on the bookcase I do have. The struggle is very real. With my Kindle, I don’t have to worry about shelf space. I don’t have to worry about my books being destroyed because someone is going to walk into the stacks that are piling up on my floor.

Do you read e-books?

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  1. I’ve definitely been thinking about getting more ebooks. I’ve been trying to save as much money as I can and I typically buy a lot of physical books each month. Not only is it more expensive, but it takes up a lot of space. I live in a very itty-bitty apartment and my books take up most of my living room. I’m definitely thinking about asking for a Kindle for Christmas!

    1. I never thought I would go from only reading physical books to reading mostly e-books but it’s been a gamechanger for me. I’ve saved so much money and space. Plus with Kindle books, you can send a sample of a book you’re not sure about to your Kindle and see if it’s for you before spending any money. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten and I wouldn’t be without it now!

    2. We have totally maxed out shelf space so I’m turning to audio & e-books more often now although I doubt I’ll give up on physical books completely.

  2. Great post, I LOVE my kindle – I was given one by my husband when I was pregnant and I couldn’t sleep through the night and the backlight was a gamechanger! That was over 7 years ago and I’ve never looked back, I love a print book but I wouldn’t ever be without my kindle these days.

    Happy reading!

    1. I never thought I would ever get excited about the backlight but, it’s like you said, it’s a real gamechanger!
      Thank you!

  3. I have had a Kindle for almost three years and I have loved using it much more than I expected! It is especially useful for taking less space and lower prices, and I like being able to highlight passages. I still read more physical books, but since the pandemic began I have used my Kindle more frequently. Great post, Kelly!

    1. Ooh, yes, I almost forgot about the highlight feature! That one is especially useful for when I’m writing reviews. Thank you, Stephen!

  4. I tend to get ebooks when I’m not sure if I’ll like them – and then treat myself with a physical copy if I love the book! I do love curling up with a physical book, or wandering around a bookstore (kindles don’t smell like real books!) but I do love my kindle for all the reasons you’ve mentioned above 🙂

    1. Same! If they’re just as expensive as the physical copy then I’ll download a sample to my Kindle, which has helped save me a lot of money when I realise they’re not for me. Yes, there’s nothing quite like the smell of a bookshop!

  5. I prefer books. I get them from the near by library.


    1. It’s great you’re supporting your local library. I love getting books from my library too!

  6. Love this! I completely agree with you about preferring ebooks currently – it’s far easier to have 1000ebooks than it is to have 1000 hardbacks 🤦‍♀️

  7. I loooove my kindle! I still enjoy print books for a lot of my reading, but this year, I have definitely been reaching for ebooks way more than print, especially since I’m only using digital library holds instead of my usual physical ones. I feel like I often read ebooks way faster, too – I wonder why that is!

  8. Great post Kelly. I almost exclusively read ebooks now. I haves boxes & crates of physical books. I’ve been an avid reader for over 50 years! I love the backlight, highlighting, resizing the print, and taking my entire current TBR with me when I travel. I am firmly in the ebook camp.

  9. I tend to read ebooks and physical books but I definitely read ebooks quicker too! They’re so much easier to flick though while you’re lying down 😂 My bookshelves have become more of a collection since working in a bookshop and I can’t not bring them home with me 😂

    – Hannah / https://hannnahsbookshelf.wordpress.com/

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