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TSR Goes Green: Do you prefer a print book or an e-reader?

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TSR Goes Green: Do you prefer a print book or an e-reader?

TSR Goes Green is back - where across the site, you can engage in many conversations centring on the environment and nature!

For my part in TSR Goes Green's return, I'm asking you all whether you prefer a physical print book, or an e-reader?

An e-reader is lighter, lets you carry as many books as you want on the go, they're super portable, and they take up a lot less space!

On the other hand, books look great on your bookshelves, you get to enjoy the feel of a new book, and you can read without screens.

So, have your say now, or forever hold your peace! :tongue:

And if you want to get involved with more TSR Goes Green threads, look no further: TSR Goes Green! Mk II - 2024 Hub thread - The Student Room
Physical books for me all day. I just can't really get into e-readers for long term reading, I think its the frequency flickering that puts me off. I like the feel and look of a lot of books and having a library of them.

I approve of E-readers in general though, other people seem to like them more and any tech that makes reading more accessible to everyone is worthwhile imo.
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E readers - I can take my entire book collection (hundreds of books with me) for instant access. And I don't need to find the physical space at home. Win/Win
I just cannot read e-books efficiently, when it comes to casual reading I would rather not look at a screen as it's hard on my eyes and somehow a bit distracting (I read fanfiction online sometimes but only a bit at a time), and when it comes to non fiction and university reading I hate not being able to flip back and forth or easily skim for relevant information. This might all be personal though, everyone should go with what's easiest for them if they want to read more.

I don't however like the idea of not truly owning a book... I'd always be worried that Amazon or whoever could rescind ownership of my entire bookshelf if I didn't have physical copies. And also fewer physical books in circulation would make it harder to find second hand copies
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In principle, I love print books, but in practice probably e-books - I read a LOT, and it's just not feasible for me to store that many physical books. Libraries could be an alternative, but I'm very aware that I'd probably end up with a ton of late fees :tongue:
I prefer the experience of reading a physical book, but the practicality of a e-book.
I feel like some are just easier to read as physical copies e-books or convenient but I definitely prefer a physical copy,
Original post by RainbowLapras
TSR Goes Green is back - where across the site, you can engage in many conversations centring on the environment and nature!

For my part in TSR Goes Green's return, I'm asking you all whether you prefer a physical print book, or an e-reader?

An e-reader is lighter, lets you carry as many books as you want on the go, they're super portable, and they take up a lot less space!

On the other hand, books look great on your bookshelves, you get to enjoy the feel of a new book, and you can read without screens.

So, have your say now, or forever hold your peace! :tongue:

And if you want to get involved with more TSR Goes Green threads, look no further: TSR Goes Green! Mk II - 2024 Hub thread - The Student Room


I like both but as I updated to the paperwhite kindle last month, I definitely do enjoy the ease of the e-reader! I just wish Amazon would finally let other countries borrow books on their kindles like they allow in the US. I do hope that things lean more to digital reading for the purpose of reducing paper wastage.
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Original post by -Eirlys-
I like both but as I updated to the paperwhite kindle last month, I definitely do enjoy the ease of the e-reader! I just wish Amazon would finally let other countries borrow books on their kindles like they allow in the US. I do hope that things lean more to digital reading for the purpose of reducing paper wastage.

You can get Kindle Unlimited in the UK, which is essentially a paid subscription which lets you borrow as many books as you like.
Overall, I love a physical book! The only exceptions to my preference for paper books are when I want to travel light and when I want to own a book so I can read it more than once but I don't want it to take up physical space on my bookshelf.
e-books are great for me personally, but I don't mind a paperback! :nah: (I love the smell :lol: is that weird?).

I love the fact on e-books I can change the font, size, and can look up the definitions of words I might not understand which is sooooooo helpful dyslexia wise :smile: For books I really love I'll probably get a physical version though.
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Original post by Chronoscope
e-books are great for me personally, but I don't mind a paperback! :nah: (I love the smell :lol: is that weird?).
I love the fact on e-books I can change the font, size, and can look up the definitions of words I might not understand which is sooooooo helpful dyslexia wise :smile: For books I really love I'll probably get a physical version though.

the new book smell is so gooddd
I should've voted the forth option :biggrin:
I prefer print books but screen still sounds appealing.
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either :woo:
in terms of ease of accessibility and stealth of reading , i'd choose ebooks
in terms of aesthetics regarding olfactory and tactile senses, i'd choose hardcopy
Original post by CatusStarbright
You can get Kindle Unlimited in the UK, which is essentially a paid subscription which lets you borrow as many books as you like.


I have that right now as a trial but it's a paid service. In the US, they can borrow library books for free on their kindle. I ended up getting a US library card and have been using that to borrow free library books. :biggrin:
Original post by -Eirlys-
I have that right now as a trial but it's a paid service. In the US, they can borrow library books for free on their kindle. I ended up getting a US library card and have been using that to borrow free library books. :biggrin:

Most UK libraries now offer ebooks that you can borrow - usually via an app like BorrowBox.
Original post by CatusStarbright
Most UK libraries now offer ebooks that you can borrow - usually via an app like BorrowBox.


Oh I know, but I want to read them on my kindle lol!
Original post by -Eirlys-
Oh I know, but I want to read them on my kindle lol!

Fair enough!

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