Why I Prefer Books to a Kindle.

Why I Prefer Books to a Kindle.

I don’t know about you, but I have always been excited about the feel and look of a book. There is something about choosing one, holding it’s cover and flicking through the pages to see all that text that someone has so lovingly created.

Whether it be a fiction, self-help or recipe book, I much prefer having it there in front of me. I find both fiction and self-help books exciting and far more engaging as I turn the pages and the recipe books are much more enticing when it comes to glossy photos of some of the beautiful food that you can attempt to make.

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So, where did my love of books come from?

I can remember, from an early age, my Mum and Dad used to take me and two of my siblings on a trip to our local library in Woking. On the outside it was a big, grey building, very ’70’s style. Inside was a different story. I can recall the children’s section being colourful and inviting and I would spend ages poring over the books and trying to decide which one was going to take the trip home with me.

As I started to attend school, there was a book club newsletter sent out on a monthly basis. My Mum would set a me a budget and I would look through the magazine, deciding which one I was going to buy. Then, I can recall the deliveries in special plastic bags as they arrived at school. I used to look forward to the end of the day when I could take it home and start to read.

Books have always been my bedtime companions. Ever since I learned to read, they would be there helping me with my insomnia.

These days, of course, life is very different. I have my iPad mini which I download magazines onto and a few books and I am sure, as time passes, this will only continue to increase BUT it has not stopped me buying the hard copy of a book. In fact, my last two book purchases were hard copies.

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With the advent of the internet it is much easier to search for bargain books. Sites like The Works offer amazing deals and regularly have offers such as buy one get one free and codes for free deliveries.

As Grace grows bigger, her love for reading is starting to increase. I used to take her to our local library in the village of Sunninghill when we lived there and, just like I did, she gets a regular book newsletter home from school (although the budget on that one hasn’t started yet). For Christmas she received the first 3 Mallory Towers books along with a set of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. I am sure that her love of the written word will increase as she makes her way through these and really starts to understand how enjoyable they really are.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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6 Comments

  1. February 19, 2015 / 6:55 am

    I have never once downloaded a book and I suspect it will be a few years before I do! Like you, I absolutely love reading and can’t go to sleep without a few pages when I get into bed. My parents were never big readers, so I’m not sure where my love came from, but I’m pleased to have passed it on to my kids.

  2. February 18, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Hi Victoria, I was in two minds when I asked for a Kindle for Christmas, but I absolutely love it. I had not imagined that I would love it so much as I had mainly asked for it so I could read the books I want to. I do buy books from The Book People and they post to Greece for a reasonable price, but it can’t compete with the price of Kindle books.

    We still have far too many real books in the house and my daughter is an avid reader with her own Kindle, but would much prefer to read a real book. As she reads books at a rapid rate, she can have great choice of books to read on the Kindle (she likes the classics which are free) and I will buy her any books she really wants to keep from The Book People.

    Have you ever checked out Micheal Morpurgo? His children’s books are amazing.
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  3. February 18, 2015 / 3:03 am

    Oh but Victoria what about that slide of the finger across the ipad to turn the page?. What a thrill, I feel so modern and up with technology!!! (or maybe I am just a lazypants, it seems so much less effort) Then there is the wonder of packing all the holiday reading matter onto the Ipad and grinning at the Easyjet ground staff knowing you’re still within the baggage allowance!! Or, or I’m on a roll now, what about reading ’50 Shades of Grey’ on the tube on your Kindle, and smiling sweetly at the other passengers trying to carry off a I’m reading ‘War and Peace’ expression?
    Only joking I do love a good book and know what you mean but… 🙂
    Have a lovely week and thank you for visiting my Melbourne madhouse!
    Wren x

  4. February 17, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    I will always love hard books- the look and feel of them. Kindles just aren’t the same. I too remember a 70s looking building which housed my local library and going there every Saturday morning to read and borrow my books for the week. I could spend hours there. As a child I was a real book worm so it delights me that my daughter- like most children- adores books too. She’ll recite her favourite ones and revells in lifting the flaps and pulling the tabs. That’s why I am confident books will never truly diminish in their power and popularity. Even though I have a Kindle, I rarely use it and would much rather a physical book. So excited for Grace discovering Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers. I loved that series and the St Claire’s books – it made me really want to attend boarding school (which I never did). Makes me want to read them all over again, xx

    • February 17, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      I totally agree with all you have said Elizabeth. It is wonderful what memories can do for us and how they can be reflected onto our own children. I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers the ’70s buildings too! Thanks for stopping by x
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