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Why Kindle is superior to the Paperback


Ooo, that’s right, I said it, I went there! Kindle > Paperbacks.

For many moons, or well, just the one moon, technically, but, it’s been a while; people have argued that paperbacks are, and will always be superior when compared to the sinful e-book. Okay, so I’ll admit, I hands down prefer having a physical form of book, the delight of a paperback in my hands, over my e-reader. There’s the weight, the feel of the pages, the sound when you turn them, that book smell and just… there’s a beauty to it, I’m sure you know what I mean. However, my Kindle is far superior – for some reasons, you may not have even considered.


There are some obvious perks to an e-reader. They save space, they allow you to take an entire library while traveling while occupying only a sliver of the space, e-books are often cheaper, have 99p/introductory offers or some are even free. There are also some less obvious perks. After discussing this with numerous friends, they admitted they’d not really thought about them.

One word. Accessibility. Yeah, paperbacks are great. When was the last time you saw a large print version of a new release by your favourite author? That’s right. Large print books are often more expensive and have far less variety and availability compared to a standard print edition. An e-reader eliminates this worry because not only can a kindle books font size be increased, but the font can be changed to one of a variety that a visually impaired person may find easier to view and at no further cost to them.

Speaking of fonts; what about Dyslexia? Some dyslexic people find it very difficult to try and read a book. An e-reader helps in many ways. As well as being able to adjust the font size, margins and line spacing can be adjusted to change the format of a page which someone with dyslexia, cognitive dysfunction, a learning disability or other impairment may find incredibly beneficial. As well as this, I can’t speak for other e-readers, but the newer versions of Kindle have a font available called OpenDyslexic. This is a special font that adds weight to the bottom of lettering in an attempt to help ease some of the difficulties someone with dyslexia may experience while trying to read.

All these options make reading more accessible to those who may not ordinarily be able to read, or experience great difficulty in doing so. I adore reading, there is nothing like diving in to a book and immersing yourself in an entirely different world, but when your brain isn’t keeping up, it can be really difficult. Okay, so it’s not traditional and it doesn’t have the same charm as a paperback, but what’s the point in all that charm if you can’t enjoy it?


So, reconsider an e-reader. Users of e-readers may love books just as much as you do, maybe even more so. If you love books that much, surely you want as many people as possible to enjoy the books you love. If an e-reader helps them do that, then surely that’s a wonderful thing?

What do you think? Do you use an e-reader? Physical books only? Have I changed how you perceive e-readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

15 thoughts on “Why Kindle is superior to the Paperback

  1. You’ve actually brought up some fab points especially the ones of dyslexia! I will always value a paperback and they can never be replaces over an ebook but for ease the kindle is a great one for on the go, cheaper reads and also I love being able to read without a light on!
    Sarah x


    1. Thanks! It seems like a lot of people don’t think about that part because often, they don’t need to. I suffer cognitive dysfunction and my Kindle has let me read so much more than I’d have been able to otherwise 😀 x


    1. Ha, yes! When I went on holiday, I took one paperback and my Kindle loaded up with my Kindle Unlimited allowance (you can have up to ten books at one time) and I hate to think how much space all those books would have occupied! x


  2. It’s interesting reading another perspective on this. I am one of those people that much prefers books over e-readers, but they can definitely be beneficial for space. I’ve had to get rid of books in the past to make room for new ones.


  3. I love this! While personally I prefer physical books, it’s so frustrating to hear people constantly act as if those who read on e-readers aren’t really reading. Not only is it the same book, but like you said, the accessibility of e-readers is SO important and it isn’t fair to say someone isn’t a real reader because they rely on the accessibility of a Kindle. Also, over my English degree I had to carry a lot of books on my 30-minute uphill walk to uni, and as someone with a lot of joint and back problems it could be quite painful. Switching to an e-readers for most of my university texts was MUCH easier for me to carry and saved me a LOT of pain on days when I could be forced to otherwise carry several heavy books.


    1. That’s true! Not only the space books occupy but their weight as well. I used to get wayyyyy too many books from the library and then struggle to carry them due to their weight. I live paperbacks. How they feel in the hand, turning pages, the smell, the view of them on my shelf but holding them, turning pages and the typesetting used can all make the experience very difficult, especially on days when I’m less with it. I am so grateful for my Kindle and the plethora of books I’ve been able to read thanks to it! I’ve read 70+ books so far this year. Nearer 90 if I include ones I started and decided suck (I have Kindle unlimited so didn’t have to worry about trying to read through em) and I’d have read maybe only 5 or 6 if I didn’t have my kindle.


  4. I only very recently charged up my Kindle after not reading for quite some time. I prefer to purchase paperbacks if its a series or by a favourite author. Otherwise, I will purchase the book for use on my Kindle. The main downside, for me, is that it can run out of charge! However, I love getting 99p bargains and it was super convenient when I travelled to Spain last year. This was a great post – I wasn’t aware of all the accessibility issues that Kindle can minimise!
    Best Wishes
    -Amy x


    1. I sometimes buy paperbacks of books I’ve read on kindle and loved because I feel like doing that helps support the author a little more. My Kindle battery seems to last forever. My original kindle wasn’t holding much charge anymore but half the time I forget my paperwhite needs to be charged till it gives me that battery low alert and I use it every day for several hours. When I went away on holiday, I took a single paperback and my kindle though, just in case there was some issue and I wasn’t able to charge my kindle or something. Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! x


  5. Me personally I struggle to finish books, but I can imagine owning a Kindle would be ideal because I wouldn’t be stacking shelves with books I’d never read :’)


    1. Not gonna lie, I still have a huge “to read” pile but thanks to Kindle Unlimited, it is kept lower than it would normally as you can only borrow ten at a time. Plus the fact its easier to read anywhere, even if you don’t have your kindle, you can use the free app on your phone when waiting for appointments or things like that. When I first got it, I downloaded almost every free e-book I saw that looked even remotely like it’d interest me. I’m a bit more choosy now. x


  6. Great blog post. One that I can totally relate to. I jumped on the e-reader bandwagon out of necessity around the time the first edition Kindle was released. My job at the time, forced me to travel constantly and exclusively. I lugged around a trunk of paperbacks with me it seemed and that got old fast. But I was old school. I’d been reading real books my entire life. I liked them. Still do. The smell of a book is an immediate reminder of fond memories from past books, and a promise of those yet to come. It’s just something about a real book. But, I’ve grown more fond of e-readers over time. My eyes are horrible and the fact that you can increase font size and get one with a backlight is win win. Plus this may be out there somewhat, but I’m lazy. Holding and reading on an e-reader is much more comfortable. I like to lay down when I can and read. With an e-reader, super easy. Try it with one of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time books in hardcover. Your arms are dead tired wore out lol. But I’ve set a standard for myself now. I guage books I read on my e-reader as ‘real book worthy’. Meaning, I’ll buy or consider buying a physical copy for my shelves. I still like reading real books but I normally want them in large print and sometimes it’s just way easier on a reader of some sort. Great post and thanks for sharing 👍


    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! For sure. I still have quite a collection of physical books. Nothing compares to the feel, the smell, the experience of a real book, but they also don’t compare to then convience and accessibility that you can get from an e-reader. X


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